3 Ways to Explore the River This Summer
The James River is the veritable lifeblood of our city. From its founding when the waters were used to bring commerce and growth to Lynchburg to today when thousands charter batteaus, kayaks, canoes, and boats each year in the name of exploration and fun, the James River has kept our community thriving in more ways than one.
Ready to take on the James yourself this summer? Here are three ways you can get out there and explore.
James River Adventures
James River Adventures, located across the river from downtown Lynchburg, is our community’s go-to for water adventures. Book a batteau trip with them this summer, or schedule a kayak, canoe, or tubing trip with them. They’ll keep you safe and informed as you navigate a well-planned route—they’ll even shuttle you back when you’re done!
Guided group paddle trips are also available.
Get a Bird’s Eye View
If you prefer to keep your adventures on land, you can still get a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the James River and its abundant wildlife by exploring the Percival’s Island Trail. A one-and-a-half-mile trail which crosses directly over the James River via a train-bridge-turned-pedestrian-walkway, you’ll have the opportunity to watch river goers, get a little exercise, and maybe identify a native bird or two.
Reel in the Fun
Not quite on land, not quite on water, flyfishing will give you the best of both scenarios. Downtown Lynchburg business Tale Tellers can outfit you for a day of successful bass, catfish, or sunfish fishing, whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro. Just don’t forget to get your freshwater fishing license in order before you go!