This year marks the 40th anniversary of the James River Association. To celebrate this anniversary we’ll be releasing Top 40 lists throughout the year celebrating some of the awesome experiences the James River watershed has to offer.

This month our staff bring you the Top 40 places to enjoy the changing of the leaves in the James River watershed. Check out these spots to take in the fall foliage while you hike, paddle or relax by the river.

  1. Alleghany Highlands Blueway on the Jackson and Cowpasture Rivers
  2. Upper James River Water Trail
  3. Virginia section of the Blue Ridge Parkway
  4. Homestead Resort in Hot Springs
  5. Humpback Bridge in Covington
  6. Douthat State Park in Bath County and Alleghany County
  7. Goshen Pass in Rockbridge County
  8. Natural Bridge State Park in Rockbridge County
  9. Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area in Jefferson National Forest
  10. Appalachian Trail footbridge at Snowden
  11. Balcony Falls on the James
  12. Three Ridges Wilderness in George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
  13. James River State Park in Gladstone
  14. Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison
  15. Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County
  16. Spy Rock in Nelson County
  17. Breweries in Nelson County
  18. Crabtree Falls in Nelson County
  19. Riverview Park in Charlottesville
  20. Monticello in Charlottesville
  21. Van Clief Nature Area in Scottsville
  22. James River Inn in Scottsville
  23. Powhatan State Park in Powhatan
  24. Swift Creek Lake in Chesterfield County
  25. High Bridge Trail State Park in Farmville
  26. Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond
  27. Maymont in Richmond
  28. Belle Isle in Richmond
  29. Libby Hill Park in Richmond
  30. Grapevine Bridge in Henrico
  31. Capital Trail from Richmond to Williamsburg
  32. Shirley Plantation in Charles City
  33. Appomattox Riverside Park, or Ferndale Park, in Petersburg
  34. Tar Bay in Prince George County
  35. Appomattox River Regional Park in Price George County
  36. Chickahominy Riverfront Park in Williamsburg
  37. Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area on Morris Creek
  38. Chickahominy Water Trail
  39. Chippokes Plantation State Park in Surry
  40. College Creek off the Colonial Parkway