2016 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.  

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we have surveyed our social media following as well as our staff to bring you the Top 40 Romantic Spots in the James River watershed.

So here they are, in no particular order, 40 beautiful places to spend time with your special someone.


  1. Anywhere in a tandem canoe or kayak with your special someone

  2. Taking a stroll across the Buchanan swinging bridge

  3. Dinner at the Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg

  4. Sitting around the campfire at James River State Park

  5. A weekend stay at the James River Inn

  6. Enjoying the waterfall at Roaring Run Creek near Gala

  7. Date night at Buchanan Theatre

  8. A weekend stay at Natural Bridge

  9. Sipping wine at Pippin Hill Vineyard

  10. The view from the Appalachian Trail Foot Bridge at Snowden

  11. Secluded camping at James River Face Wilderness

  12. The view from the top of Crabtree Falls

  13. The view from Lynchburg’s Bluff Walk

  14. Catching the sunset at Seven Islands in Fluvanna

  15. Romantic getaway in Clifton Forge

  16. Taking in the view at Blue Ridge Vineyards

  17. Catching a concert at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville

  18. Attending a wedding at Historic Riverview on the James

  19. A bicycle ride at High Bridge State Park

  20. Stargazing at Historic Belmead

  21. Horseback riding at Powhatan State Park

  22. Date night at the Goochland Drive-In

  23. Taking a stroll through Tucker Park

  24. Picnic at Agecroft Hall

  25. The ballroom at Richmond’s Pump House Park

  26. Romantic dinner at the Boathouse in Rocketts Landing

  27. Marriage proposal at Libby Hill Park

  28. Picnic at Riverside Meadow in the James River Park System

  29. Swimming at Pony Pasture

  30. Walking through the gardens at Maymont

  31. Catching a concert at the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell

  32. Sunset cruise looking for sturgeon on the Lower James

  33. Attending a wedding at Westover Plantation

  34. Dinner at Smithfield Station

  35. Renting a cabin at Chippokes Plantation State Park

  36. Enjoying the view from the overlook in the Governor’s Land Preservation Area

  37. Paddling College Creek off the Colonial Parkway

  38. Swimming at Huntington Beach

  39. Attending a wedding Kingsmill Resort