Enjoy the James

KayakersStay safe on the James

The James River is a wonderful destination for recreation and enjoyment. Each year, thousands if not millions of Virginians go to the James to boat, fish, swim, hike or just take in the beautiful scenery. However, like anything in life, accidents and illnesses can occur.  Stay safe on the James

Williamsburg Interpretive Paddle Series

Explore the quiet marshes of Powhatan Creek on a free interpretive kayak paddle, guided by naturalists at Eco Discovery Park and JRA. Free to the public, takes place the first Monday of each month from May through August. Find out more, and register here.

Lynchburg Interpretive Paddle Series

Bring your canoe or kayak and join JRA's Upper James River Outreach Coordinator, Rob Campbell, on a quiet James River paddle. Find out more, and register here.


Take the Challenge

Full RundownAt least 1,400 different climbers have climbed Mr. Everest...just a handful of people have paddled the entire length of the James River. Follow in the ripples of Andy Lee, Earl Swift, Ryan Williamson, Marty Cash, and Russ Starke and take the Full James River Rundown challenge. >>

Bill Street, JRA Chief Executive Officer, presents Marty Cash and Russ Starke with the Full James River Rundown Certificate


Plan an overnight Camping tripFamily on the Rocks of the James

Enjoy an Overnight camping trip on the James this summer. For more information on planning a trip. >>

Fish the James

Author and avid fisherman, John Bryan, shares a short lesson on fishing the James River. >>

Get your Resources

View our links to great organizations and outfitters for more information for your trip >>. Get up to date river data before you get out on the water >>. Need a map? Check out the ones we offer >>.

Get involved

Get your whole family or organization involved in these great projects >>. Or view our upcoming volunteer opportunites >>. If there are no current opportunities plan your own and let us know about it!

James River watershed rankings on Best of Blue Ridge Outdoors Lists:

#4 Best Wilderness - Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness Area, Jefferson National Forest
#1 Class 1 Rapid - Eagle Rock to Horseshoe Bend
#2 Best Waterfall - Crabtree Falls, George Washington National Forest
#1 Best Urban Whitewater - James River, Richmond
#3 Best Day Hike - Roaring Run, Jefferson National Forest
#2 Best Running Trail - Three Ridges/ The Priest, Lynchburg
#4 Best Trail Race - James River Scramble, Richmond
Top ten swimming holes in the Southeast - 
                Roaring Run, Jefferson National Forest
                Crabtree Falls, George Washington National Forest

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