Kayaking & Canoeing

The Natural Bridge is located near two of the State’s premier paddling rivers, the historic James River and the exciting Maury River both located within minutes of the Natural Bridge.

The James River known as “Americas River”, the river that helped found our nation has more history than any other river in the country. Even today, remnants from the James & Kanawha Canal System originally conceived by George Washington after his Presidency can be found along many sections of the River. The Upper James River features numerous public boat landings along nearly 61 miles from Iron Gate to the Snowden Dam just down river from the James River Gorge featuring the exciting Balcony Falls rapid that attracts paddlers from all over the State. Listed below are several of the more popular trip options for the recreational paddler.

  • Horseshoe Bend to Buchanan Landing: 9 miles, 3 – 4 hours. Great for canoeing or kayaking this half day trip that features impressive scenery and numerous exciting rapids. This is a great family paddling trip 15 minutes the Natural Bridge.
  • Buchanan to Arcadia : 6 miles, 2-3 hours. A step up in difficulty than the Horseshoe Bend trip this section of river features three challenging class II rapids and stunning mountain views.
  • River Tubing – What a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the summer and keep cool. This is a perfect family day trip while enjoying your stay at the Natural Bridge Resort.

The Maury River starts and ends entirely in Rockbridge County and has some wonderful paddling options close by to the Natural Bridge. The Maury River, is one of the largest tributaries to the Upper James River and is best run before July due to water levels. The impressive current, every changing views, the numerous rapids make for a wonderful paddling experience.

Twin River Outfitters – Renting Canoes, Kayaks, & River Tubes
653 Lowe Street
Buchanan, VA 24066