James River Adventures offers opportunities for exploring and enjoying the scenic James by canoe or kayak.
Anchored at Riveredge Park in Madison Heights, JRA offers canoe and kayak rentals to people of all skill levels. Their goal is to provide an opportunity to learn more about nature, and experience the river’s history, health and future while having fun and enjoying its beauty.
Take the 9 mile paddle: Starting at Riveredge Park, paddlers will quickly leave Lynchburg’s urban backdrop and experience the natural, wilder side of the James River passing by Percival’s Island, under 5 bridges and through the beautiful bottom land of Amherst and Campbell Counties. This trip offers plenty of opportunity to spot wildlife including otters, beavers, eagles, osprey, deer, and fish.
Rent a canoe or kayak for an hour or two and enjoy the James River in Lynchburg’s urban setting. Paddlers can travel upstream for a view of downtown Lynchburg and an opportunity to check out a historic dam. There’s a sandy beach nearby that offers great swimming and fishing. Bring a picnic lunch for a nice relaxing day on the river.