On the beautiful James River in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, James River State Park now offers complete canoe livery services. Spend a day on the river, or bring your camping gear and enjoy several fun filled days. (Camping reservations are highly recommended - call 1-800-933-PARK.) Note: The livery may be closed when weather isn't cooperative.
Forget something? Not a problem. The camp store sells a wide variety of camping and paddling supplies. Merchandise includes fishing tackle, night crawlers, camp fuel and lantern mantles, even river shoes for the whole family. Food, snacks, ice cream, soda, t-shirts, hats, souvenirs and much more are available. Those planning to fish must have a valid fishing license, and licenses are not sold here. Licenses can be bought on the spot from VDGIF using a smart phone.
Trip 1 - Bent Creek to Canoe Landing. Six-mile shuttle included. Canoe, $50; single kayak, $40.
Trip 2 - Bent Creek to Dixon Landing. Eight-mile shuttle included. Canoe, $60; single kayak, $45.
Trip 3 - Canoe Landing to Dixon Landing. Two-mile shuttle included. Canoe, $20; kayak, $20; tube, $12; more than nine tubes, $10 each.
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Hourly and daily rental is also available as are personal floatation devices, paddles and cooler tubes.
Affordable shuttle service is available for those who bring their own equipment. Call the livery directly at 434-933-8682 or the park at 434-933-4355, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canoes allow up to three people, only two of whom can be adults. You must be 18 to rent equipment, and children must be at least six years old to take part. Weekends are very busy; call ahead for reservations or if you have questions. Be sure to check weather reports beforehand. The weather and river conditions are considered by staff in regard to rental.
First weekend in April to Memorial Day: Friday through Sunday, call for specific hours.
Memorial Day to Labor Day: Daily
Labor Day to last weekend in October: Friday through Sunday, call for specific hours.
Equipment availability is subject to weather and river conditions. Call the livery at 434-933-8682 for reservations and information about current conditions.
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Discover one of Virginia's best-kept secrets as you canoe or kayak down a 2, 6, or 8-mile stretch of the historic James River. Inner tubes are available for the 2-mile stretch between the park's two landings.
Explore James River State Park. The park's trail system of more than 15 miles meanders through a wide variety of terrain and habitats. Bring binoculars for birding and wildlife watching.
The park has many wheelchair-accessible facilities including a quarter-mile paved and boardwalk trail around Green Hill Pond.
Enjoy camping along the James in the primitive campground. Campsites have picnic tables and fire rings. Reservations are highly recommended; call 1-800-933-PARK (7275).
The park has cabins, lodges and a camping lodge (bunkhouse) as well as primitive and electric-and-water campsites with two nearby bathhouses. To guarantee your stay, reservations are strongly suggested. Please call 1-800-933-7275.