12 Charming River Towns In Virginia To Visit This Spring
When springtime rolls around, the best river towns in Virginia 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. You just might decide you want to stay a while, or even move your family to one of these lovely towns. If you are a fan of our state’s beautiful water features, any of these pretty places will make you smile throughout your visit.
When it comes to river towns in Virginia,
is a real winner. 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 Fourth of July Parade. No matter the occasion, Scottsville is a great place to celebrate.
Scottsville, VA 24590, USA
Nestled along the James River,
has been designated one of the top ten antiquing towns in the United States, and for good reason. There are plenty of shops that you will love and plenty of souvenirs that you will treasure forever. Its historic swinging bridge was built way back in 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.
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. The history you will be able to learn about here is fascinating.
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 river. If you like towns on the Rappahannock River, make a beeline for this one! The town includes a historic landmark district as well as countless river activities. Photographed above: is the historic debtor's prison.
Tappahannock, VA 22560, USA
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. Have a seat and enjoy some striking views while you eat.
Occoquan Historic District, VA, USA
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,
is the home of Virginia's official oyster festival. It's a classic Virginia event, so if you're a big fan of oysters, go check it out.
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 of
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,
was once the second-largest leaf tobacco market in the country. Today, you can still spot many historic tobacco buildings.
South Boston, VA 24592, USA
is located in Allegheny County with a population just shy of 6,000. 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. This is one of the best river towns in Virginia.
11. New Market
The cozy town of
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.
New Market, VA 22844, USA
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.
Did your favorite Virginia river town make the list? Be sure to let us know in the comments section!
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River Towns in Virginia
December 11, 2022
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