canoeing and kayaking the Upper James in fall
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When you hear the river calling, head to the Upper James River Water Trail.

Perhaps your perfect day on the river is a carefree float in a tube and chatting with friends on a hot summer day. Maybe you would rather be casting a fly in search of a trophy catch. For others, it means packing a lunch and enjoying some undisturbed time with the whole family surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Chances are, a portion of the Upper James has exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re bringing your own canoe or kayak, there are numerous public access points with free parking. For those who need gear, private outfitters are ready to help make your trip a memorable experience with expert advice, equipment rental and shuttle service.

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