James River Maps
James River Trail and Guide Maps
Upper James River Water Trail Map
This map provides a detailed view of the Upper James from Iron Gate to Snowden, as well as a portion of the Maury River. It includes access points, rapids, river hazards, outfitters, and more.
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Upper James River Water Trail
Middle James River Water Trail Maps
These maps provide a detailed view of the James River From Lynchburg to, and including, Richmond. These maps were developed in cooperation with the National Park Service Gateways Program and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
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Lower James River Water Trail Maps
These maps provide a guide to boaters outlining the natural and historical points of interest along approximately 110 miles of the Lower James River: from Richmond to the Chesapeake Bay. They include access site location and amenities, historic landmarks, natural areas, greenways and blueways, Gateways, public beaches and picnic areas, hiking/ biking/ walking trails, camping areas, food/ restroom services, and safety and emergency information. Developed in cooperation with the National Park Service Gateways Program and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
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- Map 1: Richmond to Presquile National Wildlife Refuge
- Map 2: Presquile National Wildlife Refuge to Kennon Marsh
- Map 3: Kennon Marsh to Hog Island Wildlife Management Area
- Map 4: Hog Island Wildlife Management Area to Ragged Island Wildlife Management Area
- Management Area Map 5: Ragged Island Wildlife Management Area to the Chesapeake Bay
James River Virtual Tour
Thanks to a partnership with Terrain360 we now have a 360-degree image map of the James River.
For the first time, online viewers will be able to explore the entire 340-mile length of the James River through high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic images. View the map below, or on the Terrian360 website here.
Take a tour of the James, scout out boat landings and plan your paddle trip from the comfort of your desktop!
This map and guide were created by the James River Association with the assistance of Charles City County, New Kent County, James City County, the Chickahominy Tribe, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Virginia Council on Indians, and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
- Chickahominy Water Trail Map and Guide
- For more information on following Captain Smith’s explorations of Virginia visit johnsmithtrail.org, and trace his voyages around the Chesapeake Bay at smithtrail.net.
Appomattox River Interpretive Guide
- Plan a trip on the Appomattox using Friends of the Lower Appomattox River’s Interpretive Guide. (pdf)
Richmond Region Map
View public access site on the North Anna, South Anna, Pamunkey, James and Appomattox rivers. Rivers of the Richmond Region Public Access Guide (pdf)
James River Park System
Visit Richmond’s most-visited attraction, the James River Park System. Access a map of the James River Park System.
At least 1,400 different climbers have climbed Mr. Everest … just a handful of people have paddled the entire length of the James River.
Modeled after the Appalachian Trail’s “2000-Miler” recognition program for people who hike the full trail, the Full James River Rundown consists of paddling the entire length (approximately 340 miles) of the James River from its headwaters at Iron Gate to Fort Monroe at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. You can travel the river straight through or do it in sections. Take as long as you need.
The rules are simple: one person (or go with a friend) on one river for the experience of a lifetime. Track your progress on our official Full Rundown chart. Full James River Rundowners receive an official certificate from the James River Association marking their achievement.