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Virginia whitewater, James River

Rockbridge Amherst county, Glasgow to Snowden section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II-III     5 miles
 
Not great size untill Balcony falls, Run the falls from just river right of center to river left to avoid a sometimes hidden rock. Great place to surf. River left is a large boulder. if you padle up the eddy of this rock and then murge into the falls you can catch a great wave. Very short rapid so it is perfect for begginners looking to advance thie abilities. Very hard on a canoe. Says Matt Hitchcock

The scenic beauty of Rockbridge/
    Amherst County and the cool fresh water beats anything. This stretch of James River in Rockbridge/ Amherst County is 5 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class II-III section of whitewater. If you've been
out of state whitewater rafting and kayaking you might find the rivers here more forgiving, so you'd better keep in mind that a large number of rivers in this state are quite easy. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Lynchburg, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. Getting a good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. This is a pretty decent  
length section, you can easily run it on an afternoon. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The wild scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains is great. You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the Glasgow to Snowden section is just one of many.

Briefly about the general area:
There are plenty of people from Glasgow here at James River, and hiking is a popular thing to do around James River; Piney Ridge Trail is a nice local trail.

James River, Glasgow to Snowden road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near James River.
 Whitewater Near James River:
James River, Rockbridge/ Amherst County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 5 miles long (Glasgow to Snowden)
James River, Amherst/ Bedford County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 29 miles long (Snowden to Six Mile)
Hay's Creek, Rockbridge County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 1.25 miles long (Eastfields to Walker's Creek)
Marl Creek, Rockbridge County, 10 miles away
      Class IV-V - 0.2 miles long (roadside Route 706)
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (Below Lynchburg Reservoir to Route 640)
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 12 miles away
      Class I(II) - 6 miles long (Route 640 to Highway 130)
North Creek, Botetourt County, 12 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Campground to Jennings Creek)
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 12 miles away
      Class I-III - 3 miles long (Highway 130 to James River)
Jennings Creek, Botetourt County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 614 to James River)
Buffalo River, Amherst County, 14 miles away
      Class II - 19 miles long (Forks of Buffalo to Amherst)
 Ski Areas Near James River:
The Homestead, Virginia , 36 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 37 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 59 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 63 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 76 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 78 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 80 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near James River:
Econo Lodge Lexington, Lexington , 9 miles away
Good Place Farms Bed And Breakfast, Lexington , 9 miles away
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Lexington, VA, Lexington , 10 miles away
BEST WESTERN Lexington Inn, Lexington , 10 miles away
Holiday Inn Express LEXINGTON, Lexington , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near James River:
Matts Creek Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Glasgow, 1 miles away
Johns Hollow Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Big Island, 2 miles away
Wildwood Campground, Monroe, 5 miles away
 Trails Near James River:
Rocky Row Trail, Rockbridge , 1 miles away
Piney Ridge Trail, Bedford , 2 miles away
Balcony Falls Trail, Rockbridge , 2 miles away
Sulphur Ridge Trail, Bedford , 3 miles away
Sulphur Spring Trail, Bedford , 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near James River:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 33 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 30 miles away
Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Virginia , 31 miles away
 Golf Courses Near James River:
Lexington Golf & Country Club, Lexington , 9 miles away
Vista Links Golf Course, Buena Vista , 10 miles away
Greenbrier Sporting Club, White Sulphur Springs , 11 miles away

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