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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One of our favorite ways to cool down and enjoy the outdoors in Virginia's Blue Ridge is to float the Upper James River Water Trail in Botetourt County.

Our friends at Twin River Outfitter in the Town of Buchanan, VA have everything you need to plan an adventure on the river, including options for paddling, tubing, fishing, and even overnight camping trips on the Upper James!

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Justin Dean Surrett

The folks at Twin River Outfitter were great! We had such a blast.


Karen Dame weekend fun, take codi.

Crystal Franciscus Chelsea Roberrtson

Miss floating here!

Pass thru Buchanan on our way to Peaks of Otter. Always take in the Swinging bridge before getting on Rt. 43 to Blue Ridge Parkway. Beautiful town. Also love the "Foot of the Mountain Cafe" for dinner. Be there on July 2nd. Can't wait!!

Jus Tupik this is the place by Nadia’s

Would love to do that while visiting

Lee Pavlicek this looks good

Bobby Staats

Desiree Danielle

Timothy Wyatt

Jon Walters

Caleb Gish

Jamie Garza we want to go kayaking next time we’re at the cabin; y’all want to join us? 😁

Katelynn Stobb Peters

Jeffrey Morris

Matt Wagoner, we should plan to do this!

Josue Bay-Pr 😃


Megan K. Dollyhigh Allison Bailey

Terri Woodfin Noelle Smith we should book this and stay up there one night!

Emma Naing

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