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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Warmer weather in the forecast. There is a tube waiting to take you on a cool, relaxing trip on the Upper James. Thank you Twin River Outfitter for the photo. ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Warmer weather in the forecast. There is a tube waiting to take you on a cool, relaxing trip on the Upper James. Thank you Twin River Outfitter for the photo.

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Matt Rudge

Megan Turdean Alice Schultz Torres if we go to Virginia...

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Where is this at??

Are yall open to the public

Do you tube as high up as Iron Gate, where the James starts?

We heard no more coolers. If that’s true. No longer interested

Yes Twin River Outfitters is open by reservation limited to small groups 10 or less

Jo Higgs

Ronald Jay McCallion and Nikki Schmalholz maybe we plan a trip when it’s warmer to do this

Taylor Thomas

Is this something a couple can do together or do we need more people to make the reservation? I’ve always wanted to do this!

Megan Trusclair

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Trivia time thanks to Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge. Who knows the answer?How many miles of the Upper James River Water Trail are designated as Virginia Scenic River? ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

Trivia time thanks to Visit Virginias Blue Ridge. Who knows the answer?
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