The Upper James River Water Trail

turtlesThe mighty James River begins its majestic journey in Botetourt County and winds through Rockbridge County, the Blue Ridge Mountains and southern Shenandoah Valley on its way to the Chesapeake Bay. The unspoiled beauty of the river is more accessible than ever through the Upper James River Water Trail. Paddlers, anglers and families can get back to nature and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Upper James and a portion of the Maury River. See the mountains like you’ve never seen them before on the Upper James River Water Trail.

 

Plan an unforgettable visit

Upper James River courtesy of Aaron Black-Schmidt
image courtesy of Aaron Black-Schmidt

The Upper James River Water Trail runs through Botetourt and Rockbridge counties. It offers paddlers breathtaking views as well as countless other ways to enjoy the mountains. Both counties are filled with outdoor recreation opportunities including fishing, hiking, mountain biking, road cycling and more.


When you’re not on the river, you’ll find authentic mountain towns to explore complete with historic sites, cozy lodging, great restaurants, craft beverages the kind of warm hospitality you’d expect in the mountains of Virginia.


 

 

Plan a getaway that your family and friends will remember forever:

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Plan a great adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains that includes seeing spectacular foliage from the Upper James River. We have some ideas for a great visit in our brand new e-newsletter: mailchi.mp/f629f14a1e9a/fall-foliage-on-the-upper-james-river ... See MoreSee Less

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Plan a great adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains that includes seeing spectacular foliage from the Upper James River. We have some ideas for a great visit in our brand new e-newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/f629f14a1e9a/fall-foliage-on-the-upper-james-river

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Love kayaking the James River. Beautiful scenery.

What a majestic beautiful scene!

As a beginner kayaker, which sections (if any) are suitable with few or no rapids?

Phillip Mccurry

Just Beautiful

Kevin Yang

Beautiful colors

Beautiful picture

Beautiful

SOME OF GODS BEAUTIFRUL WORK

Carolyn Borgert, wouldn’t this be a fine trip

Beautiful

Beautiful pictures, thank you

Where?

Tucker, know that we love n miss all of you. Praying y’all will get in touch soon. Please give Katie and the kids our love n hugs

Beautiful

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