2021 marks the 45th anniversary of the James River Association!

To commemorate this anniversary we are revisiting our ‘Top 40’ lists we shared back in 2016, celebrating some of the awesome experiences the James River watershed has to offer.  We have updated the information, links and even added a few Covid- era suggestions.

Summer is here and we have surveyed our staff to bring you the Top 45 Picnic Spots in the James River watershed. So here they are, in no particular order, 45 places to enjoy a meal in the great outdoors!


    1. Teddy J. Dressler Wayside Park on the Jackson River in Covington
    2. Humpback Bridge in Covington
    3. Sharon Park on the Cowpasture River in Alleghany
    4. Blue Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Rock
    5. Rockbridge Baths Wayside in Rockbridge County
    6. Picnic area at Goshen Pass in Rockbridge County
    7. Jordan’s Point Park in Lexington
    8. Buchanan Town Park in Buchanan
    9. Locker Landing Boat Ramp
    10. Percival’s Island in Lynchburg
    11. Riveredge Park in Amherst
    12. Darden Towe Park in Charlottesville
    13. Riverview Park in Charlottesville
    14. James River State Park in Gladstone
    15. Van Clief Nature Area in Scottsville
    16. Canal Basin Square in Scottsville
    17. Powhatan State Park in Powhatan
    18. Tucker Park at Maidens Crossing in Goochland
    19. Robious Landing in Chesterfield
    20. Tuckahoe Creek Park in Henrico
    21. Pony Pasture in Richmond
    22. Maymont in Richmond
    23. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond
    24. 42nd Street Rocks in Richmond
    25. Virginia State Capitol in Richmond
    26. Belle Isle in Richmond
    27. Brown’s Island in Richmond
    28. Bellemeade Park in Richmond
    29. Jefferson Park in Richmond
    30. Libby Hill Park in Richmond
    31. Great Shiplock Park in Richmond
    32. Chimborazo Park in Richmond
    33. Deep Bottom Park in Henrico
    34. Osborne Landing in Henrico
    35. Grapevine Bridge in Henrico
    36. Lawrence Lewis Jr. Park in Charles City
    37. Appomattox Court House in Appomattox
    38. Ferndale Park in Petersburg
    39. City Point in Hopewell
    40. Chickahominy Riverfront Park in Williamsburg
    41. Jamestown Beach in Williamsburg
    42. Chippokes Plantation State Park in Surry
    43. Windsor Castle Park in Smithfield
    44. Huntington Beach in Newport News
    45. Fort Monroe beach in Hampton