James RiverTrail / Overlook

  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Monroe, VA 24574

Near the James River visitor center, visitors can see one of the restored canal locks. The James River/Otter Creek recreation area is one of five developed areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and is located near two highway crossings, state routes 501 and 130. The area has a campground, restaurant/gift shop, picnic area, and handicap-accessible fishing dock. The Visitor Center has an exhibit on the James River and Kanawha Canal as well as background on the actual restoration of the lock. Grab your hiking boots for the James River Trail and the Trail of Trees. Relax by the James River at any of several picnic tables just down the hill from the visitor center.

Near the James River visitor center, visitors can see one of the restored canal locks. The James River/Otter Creek recreation area is one of five developed areas along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and is located near two highway crossings, state routes 501 and 130. The area has a campground, restaurant/gift shop, picnic area, and handicap-accessible fishing dock. The Visitor Center has an exhibit on the James River and Kanawha Canal as well as background on the actual restoration of the lock. Grab your hiking boots for the James River Trail and the Trail of Trees. Relax by the James River at any of several picnic tables just down the hill from the visitor center.

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