When spring time rolls around, river towns become even more vibrant. It’s the time of year that calls people outdoors, and what better way to spend a sunny afternoon than admiring the beautiful rivers in Virginia? You might be lucky enough to live in one of these charming river towns already. If you don’t, rest assured that visiting one is only a short drive away.
The charming and historic Scottsville was founded in 1744 along the Horseshoe Bend of the James River. You won't want to miss the Farmers Market, June Batteau Festival, or 4th of July Parade.
Nestled along the James River, Buchanan has been designated one of the top ten antiquing towns in the US. Its historic swinging bridge was built 1851. And with such quick access points to the river and the Appalachian Trail, this is an ideal stop for adventurers and history lovers alike.
Pulaski is located just outside of Blacksburg and is a quaint town with a population of less than ten thousand. You'll have access to the northern portion of the New River State Park from here. Photographed above is the oldest church in the town, dating back to 1875.
Tappahannock was actually discovered by John Smith before Richmond and even Williamsburg. The name means "on the rise and fall of the water," referring to the nearby Rappahannock River. The town includes a historic landmark district as well as countless river activities.
Photographed above: the historic debtor's prison.
Occoquan is only 22 miles south of Washington D.C., but you will find no trace of busy city-life in this river town. The Occoquan waterfront is ideal for strolling and leads the way to some incredible waterfront dining as well.
This tidewater town is an easy-going, down to earth, oyster loving haven. You can arrive to this town by boat, coming from the Chesapeake Bay by means of the Rappahannock. The town is truly fueled by the river. in fact, this is the home of Virginia's official oyster festival.
Each year Fries celebrates its Mountain heritage with a festival by the New River. There are many river activities to choose from as well as traditional mountain music. Visiting Fries is sure to be a unique experience and the surrounding land is breathtaking. This photograph was taken at New River State Park.
The town is located in Prince George County. City Point is one of the oldest spots in Hopewell, located on a bluff overlooking the Appomattox and James Rivers. This photograph is taken from the Petersburg National Battlefield.
9. South Boston
Located on the Dan River, South Boston was once the second-largest leaf tobacco market in the country. Today, you can still spot many historic tobacco buildings.
Covington is located in Allegheny County with a population just shy of 6,000 (according to the 2010 census). This town is in the heart of the mountains, and you won't tire of the activities that the natural landscape has to offer, especially with such proximity to the Jackson River. This picture shows Gathright Dam, which is used to prevent flooding in the surrounding areas.
11. New Market
The cozy town of New Market is considered a Virginia historic landmark. Located alongside the Shenandoah River, it boasts historic architecture as well as reenactments. Many of the stores are family-owned and have beautiful, locally made goods for sale. Pictured above: the Bushong farmhouse, where the Battle of New Market took place in 1864.
Halifax is known for celebrating its ties to the Banister River, especially during their Wild Blue River festival. The event includes kayaking and canoe races as well as a display of local vendors. Nearby is the Staunton River State Park, where some of the best stargazing on the East Coast takes place.