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Virginia whitewater, James River

Botetourt county, Route 43 to Route 630 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     16.5 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Roanoke, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The beautiful scenery of Botetourt County and the playfulness of the water make the trip here worthwhile. This river system is full of great paddling sections, the Route 43 to Route 630 section is just one of them. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This stretch of James River in Virginia is 16.5 miles
    long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class I-II section. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem but you'd better reserve in advance because
these hotels fill up quick. The average Virginia whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be easier to run than those in other states, so don't forget that many of the rivers in this state are not very demanding. This stretch is long enough for an overnight trip if you take your time, so go ahead and pack your sleeping bag. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this is an area with plenty of places for that. Great exercise  
and just hanging out with mother nature will make you glad you came. The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a great plus for this river.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave James River without first going for a hike along the Hammond Hollow Trail. People from Eagle Rock love to come to James River, and wonderful hiking is available along the Spec Mines Trail. Lots of fun awaits you along this river. Through the summer highs here at James River get into the 80's. Once the sun is down it dips down to the 60's. For the duration of the winter highs are frequently in the 40's while the cold winter nights at James River are in the 20's.

James River, Route 43 to Route 630 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near James River.
 Whitewater Near James River:
James River, Botetourt County, 3 miles away
      Class I-II - 16.5 miles long (Route 43 to Route 630)
Catawba Creek, Botetourt County, 10 miles away
      Class I-III - 12 miles long (Fincastle to James River)
Roaring Run, Botetourt County, 12 miles away
      Class V+ - 1.2 miles long (County line to Recreation Area)
Jennings Creek, Botetourt County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Route 614 to James River)
North Creek, Botetourt County, 13 miles away
      Class II-IV - 2.5 miles long (Campground to Jennings Creek)
Cowpasture River, Botetourt County, 15 miles away
      Class I-II - 13.5 miles long (Griffith to James River)
Simpson Creek, Alleghany County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.5 miles long (Truckstop to Route 60)
Colliers Creek, Rockbridge County, 16 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Collierstown to Buffalo Creek)
Buffalo Creek, Rockbridge County, 17 miles away
      Class I-III - 12.5 miles long (Effinger to Buffalo Forge)
Wilson Creek, Alleghany County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III - 7.5 miles long (Douthat Park Dam to Jackson River)
 Ski Areas Near James River:
The Homestead, Virginia , 21 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 47 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Wintergreen, Virginia , 60 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 81 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 83 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 83 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 93 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 97 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
 Hotels Near James River:
Oak Tree Inn Low Moor, Low Moor , 13 miles away
Peaks Of Otter Lodge, Bedford , 14 miles away
Quality Inn Troutville, Troutville , 14 miles away
Holiday Inn Express TROUTVILLE - ROANOKE NORTH, Troutville , 14 miles away
Super 8 Daleville/Roanoke, Daleville , 14 miles away
 Campgrounds Near James River:
Wonderful Life Campground, Buchanan, 7 miles away
Bobbletts Gap Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Montvale, 8 miles away
Cove Mt Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Buchanan, 9 miles away
 Trails Near James River:
Hammond Hollow Trail, Botetourt , 8 miles away
Spec Mines Trail, Botetourt , 8 miles away
Curry Creek Trail, Botetourt , 10 miles away
McFalls Ridge Trail, Botetourt , 11 miles away
Cove Mountain Trail, Botetourt , 11 miles away
 Public Lands Near James River:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 23 miles away
Douthat State Park, Virginia , 16 miles away
Jefferson National Forest, Virginia , 21 miles away
Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Virginia , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near James River:
Botetourt Country Club, Troutville , 13 miles away
Alleghany Country Club, Covington , 15 miles away
Putt Putt Golf & Games, Roanoke , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near James River
Pike Pond, Alleghany , 13 miles away
Beaverdam Reservoir, Bedford , 16 miles away

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