CANOEING, KAYAKING & TUBING
Rockbridge County has just about every type of self-propelled
boating experiences one could want, from placid floats on the James
River and middle Maury River, to Virginiaís most popular whitewater
run on the upper Maury through Goshen Pass.
The James River - Either a float trip or a whitewater run with
numerous class I-II rapids and one class III rapid. Can be run
year-round except during periods of high water. Public access in
Glasgow at Glasgow Landing.
The Maury River - Jordans Point to Buena Vista - Mainly a float
trip, running 8 miles with numerous class I rapids.
The Maury River - Buena Vista (Glen Maury Park) to Glasgow - A step
up in difficulty, this 12 mile trip has numerous class II rapids.
Note: You can not run from Ben Salem Wayside on Route 60 to Glasgow
because there is a 10 foot dam that has no portage. The trip length
is still 12 miles.
The Maury River - Rockbridge Baths to Jordans Point - The most
remote part of the Maury River and requires a higher skill level.
The 14 mile trip has numerous class II-III rapids. Can be divided
into two trips.
The Maury River - Goshen Pass - This is the most popular whitewater
in Virginia and is rated high difficulty. The 6 mile trip has
numerous class II, class III, and two class IV rapids: Devilís
Kitchen and Corner Rapid.
Irish Creek - A popular whitewater run for experts, this 7 mile trip
with solid class III-IV rapids for the first two miles, and
continuous class II-III run the last 5 miles. This is mainly a
winter trip and can only be run during high water or following heavy
rain. Public access on Rt. 603.
Enjoy the relaxation of a slow float trip down the Maury and James
Rivers in an inner tube. The best spot for tubing in Rockbridge
County is the middle stretch of the Maury from Jordan's Point to
Buena Vista. There are several access points along this nine mile
trip. Tubes may be rented from local canoe and kayak outfitters or
purchased from local service stations and tire retail stores.
Public River Access Points
1. Goshen Pass (Rt. 39) Many access points to the Maury River off
2. Rockbridge Baths (Rt. 39) Several good roadside access points,
particularly behind the Country Store.
3. Jordanís Point Park (North Main Street, Lexington) Good access to
the Maury River, just below the dam.
4. Stuartsburg Road (Rt. 703) Roadside access to the Maury River
about three miles east of Lexington.
5. Ben Salem Wayside (Rt. 60) Roadside access to the Maury River
with picnic areas, halfway between Lexington and Buena Vista (R-26)
6. Buena Vista (Rt. 60 Bridge) - Access to the Maury River under the
bridge, via Rt. 608.
7. Glasgow Landing (Blue Ridge Road - off Rt. 130 in Glasgow) Good
launch point just beneath the railroad (R-43)
8. Glen Maury Park, well maintained access along the Maury River in
the City of Buena Vista.
Canoeing, Kayaking & Tubing Outfitters
Wilderness Canoe Company
Maury's End Canoe Livery