Virginia June 26, 2017
5 Virginia Water Trails You Absolutely Must Explore This Summer
Virginia is renowned for its gorgeous hiking trails, but did you know about our state’s scenic
Now that summer’s here, there’s never been a more adventurous way to cool off. Whether you’re up for a kayaking adventure or would rather take it nice and easy on a float, these “trails” bring you the best of both worlds: cool river water and picturesque scenery.
1. The James River: Buchanan to Alpine (10 miles)
One of the most scenic stretches of the James, this water trail guides canoers along mountainous terrain and breathtaking scenery. Canoes and equipment are available for rent, and there are also shuttles that can transport you back to your vehicle.
2. The New River: Eggleston Springs to Pembroke (6 miles)
If you're a beginner when it comes to paddling, this stretch is a great one to start with. There's only one Class II rapid along this waterway, which otherwise is marked by large pools and areas prime for floating. Fishing lovers can try their hand at smallmouth bass here.
New River Outdoor Company
handles renting supplies along this segment.
3. Buggs Island Lake
Head to southern Virginia to enjoy the breathtaking Buggs Island Lake. This water trail can begin at Staunton River State Park and wind its way along the massive lake. On the way, you'll observe both Harris Island and Jeffress Island. For more information and rentals, visit the official Clarksville Watersports
4. The Dan River: South Boston to Staunton River State Park (13 miles)
This stretch is a whopping 13 miles, but the scenery along the way is simply breathtaking. The Dan eventually meets the Banister River and then encounters a series of smaller islands to navigate around. At the end of this trip, you'll have reached the calm waters of Buggs Island Lake.
5. The Seaside Water Trail: Chincoteague to Assateague Island
As you paddle through bay waters next to Chincoteague Island, you'll observe pristine wildlife and even a few wild ponies that have roamed the area since the 1600s. Summer is the perfect time to explore the Eastern Shore from the water, and you'll have plenty of guidance along the way. To learn more about these Assateague Explorer Cruises,
Many of the above trails are discussed in further detail by the Virginia Tourism Page,
Virginia Is For Lovers. While canoeing and kayaking experience is certainly preferred, most of these water trails can be enjoyed by beginners. For something that requires a little less work, though, you can read about These 7 Natural Lazy Rivers In Virginia Perfect For A Summer Day.