Camping on the James River

Overnight Float Trips on the James River

From the Alleghany Highlands to the Chesapeake Bay, the James River basin is home to a variety of outdoor recreation activities. Camping along the James and its tributaries is a popular activity during the warmer months of the year.

The James is a great place to float, fish, and camp. Nothing beats falling asleep to the soothing sounds of the river after a long day of paddling. In the morning, enjoy your coffee along the banks before jumping back in your boat and letting the river carry you away.

Below are camping options for your overnight float trip.

The State of the James is a report card summarizing ongoing efforts to bring the James River back to full health. This comprehensive assessment of the health of the river is published every two years. View the report to see how the river’s health has changed.

There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

Kenneth Grahame