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Virginia whitewater, James River

Amherst Bedford county, Snowden to Six Mile section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     29 miles
  Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Virginia tend to be more forgiving than the national average, so better not forget that lots of rivers in this state are good for beginners. The starting point is not too far from Lynchburg, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch of James River is 29 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class I-II section. If you hurry you can run
    this stretch in a day but why not make it an overnighter, so go ahead and pack your camp stove. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. Since you're on this site you are probably
into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling places. The nature scenery of Amherst/ Bedford County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water will make you feel great. Getting your paddling muscles activated and spending some quality time in nature have a lot of people coming here. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because  
it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
Take a hike on the Piney Ridge Trail; if you're visiting from Monroe, you won't be the only one. Why not take a refreshing hike along the Cashaw Creek Trail. James River gets a typical amount of yearly rainfall. The month with most of the rain is July while January is the month with the least amount of precipitation. For the period of the warm days of summer here at James River, high temperatures commonly get into the 80's with nighttime lows in the 60's. For the period of the winter this place gets highs in the 40's with temperatures at James River dipping down into the 20's during winter nights.

James River, Snowden to Six Mile 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:
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 3 miles away
      Class I-III - 3 miles long (Highway 130 to James River)
Harris Creek, Amherst County, 5 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Route 130 to James River)
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 7 miles away
      Class I(II) - 6 miles long (Route 640 to Highway 130)
Buffalo River, Amherst County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 19 miles long (Forks of Buffalo to Amherst)
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (Below Lynchburg Reservoir to Route 640)
James River, Amherst/ Bedford County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 29 miles long (Snowden to Six Mile)
Staton's Creek, Amherst County, 15 miles away
      Class V - 0.6 miles long (Staton's Falls to Pedlar River)
Buffalo River, Amherst County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III - 13 miles long (Amherst to Tye River)
Hay's Creek, Rockbridge County, 15 miles away
      Class II-III(V+) - 1.25 miles long (Eastfields to Walker's Creek)
Piney River - South Fork, Amherst County, 16 miles away
      Class V - 3.4 miles long (First bridge to National Forest boundary.)
 Ski Areas Near James River:
Wintergreen, Virginia , 30 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 51 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 59 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 73 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 79 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 84 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 86 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near James River:
Holiday Inn LYNCHBURG, Lynchburg , 7 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles-El Monte CA, El Monte , 7 miles away
Econo Lodge Lynchburg, Lynchburg , 7 miles away
Knights Inn Madison Heights Lynchburg, Madison Heights , 7 miles away
Best Western Of Lynchburg, Lynchburg , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near James River:
Blue Ridge Pkwy - Otter Creek, Big Island, 9 miles away
Wildwood Campground, Monroe, 10 miles away
Brown Mt Creek Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Buena Vista, 12 miles away
 Trails Near James River:
Cashaw Creek Trail, Amherst , 11 miles away
Piney Ridge Trail, Bedford , 14 miles away
Tolley Gap Trail, Amherst , 14 miles away
Rocky Row Trail, Rockbridge , 15 miles away
Sulphur Ridge Trail, Bedford , 15 miles away
 Public Lands Near James River:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 40 miles away
Holliday Lake State Park, Virginia , 28 miles away
Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Virginia , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near James River:
Boonsboro Country Club, Lynchburg , 3 miles away
Colonial Hills Golf Club Cafe, Forest , 7 miles away
Putt Putt Fun Center, Lynchburg , 8 miles away

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