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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We may be near the end of July, but there is still plenty of summer left for more fun. How about a multi-day river adventure? upperjamesriverwatertrail.com/plan-a-trip/camping/ ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

We may be near the end of July, but there is still plenty of summer left for more fun. How about a multi-day river adventure? https://upperjamesriverwatertrail.com/plan-a-trip/camping/

This video shows that there are plenty of great places for paddling in Virginia. We're happy to be included among them. Get outdoors and have some fun this weekend on a beautiful Virginia river or lake. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Thank you Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge for letting people know about the excellent fishing on the Upper James. That great photo shows that fishing is a wonderful way to spend time with kids and introduce them to the beauty of nature.You'll find great fishing and scenic beauty on the Upper James River Water Trail in Virginia's Blue Ridge! bit.ly/2CyBuU2 ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Thank you Visit Virginias Blue Ridge for letting people know about the excellent fishing on the Upper James. That great photo shows that fishing is a wonderful way to spend time with kids and introduce them to the beauty of nature.

Where can a family go and lets kids play in the river vs. floating it. Our spot has been closed off recently. 🙁 ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Comment on Facebook 1842314472675366_2607567156150090

Hi Connie. Thanks for asking. Your family might enjoy these two spots along the Maury River. First is Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista. Second is the Ben Salem Wayside on Route 60 just outside of Buena Vista. Have fun!

Thank you.

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