This is our best and most popular overnight trip. We cover 21 miles over two days.
We specialize in multi-day canoe camping trips and offer more choices than any other outfitter in the Mid-Atlantic region. Your James River camping trip includes everything but your food and camping gear. We provide the boat, paddles, life jackets, shuttles, river maps, trip briefing, overnight stays in our own Twin River Outfitters’ campgrounds, the use of our five-gallon water jugs, and dry bags and dry boxes.
Why paddle our river?
The upper section of the James River is the perfect multi-day paddling destination with the right mix of fun class I and II rapids, miles of undeveloped remote wilderness sections, incredible scenery, lots of river cliffs, and stunning mountain views.
This section of the river is also known for its reliable water levels. The James River’s partially regulated flow is steady all season long, so if you want to plan a canoe camping trip in August or October, you can! Other Virginia rivers will be too low to paddle at that time.
Another reason to plan a James River trip with us is this 64-mile stretch has no dams or low water bridges that require portage. About 60 miles of the Upper James River attained State Scenic River status in July 2017, an impressive designation that not many other rivers in Virginia can achieve. Our river also received high praise from Travel & Leisure Magazine as it was touted as one of the best family-friendly adventures in the world!
Experience this Virginia treasure that’s rich in history, home to great fishing, and that offers plenty of wildlife sightings as we canoe.