James River State Park
Gladstone, VA

Park Size: 1,500 acres

The waters of the James have shaped life in this area's past and will shape its future. Monacan Indians, the earliest known settlers, hunted, fished and traveled the river. In the early 1700s, the Cabell family settled along the river, cultivated the rich soils of the floodplain and shipped produce down river to Richmond. A flat-bottomed boat known as the bateau was invented and the Kanawha canal was built to make travel and shipping on the river easier. The James River brought people to this area, provided for their needs and helped them build a future.

The park offers more than 1,500 acres of rolling farm meadows and three miles of river frontage. Facilities include cabins and lodges, primitive and water and electric campsites, primitive and water and electric horse campsites, and group camping.

Three fishing ponds and boating access to 12 miles of the James River make the park ideal for anglers.

A canoe livery enables guests to float up to eight miles of the river. James River Outdoor Adventures rents kayaks and canoes.

Park offices, a gift shop and a temporary nature exhibit are in the visitor center. Permanent exhibits, including a large aquarium, are slated to open in the summer of 2012.

Programs are offered on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day and on some weekends during spring and fall by request. They include hikes, campfire programs, canoe floats, wagon rides, children's programs, crafts and more. Educational programs are offered during the school year, and outreach programs are available to schools in the surrounding counties. The park can accommodate requests for special programs. Call (434) 933-4395 or email jamesriver@dcr.virginia.gov for details.

A natural hillside amphitheater seats about 500 and features a 25' x 30' lighted stage.
James River State Park
104 Green Hill Drive
Gladstone, VA 24553
(434) 933-4355
Photo courtesy of Bill Crabtree, Jr., Va. Tourism Corp.

LOCATION: Buckingham County. From U.S. 60 West, turn right onto Route 605 (Riverside Dr.) at the James River Bridge. Travel seven miles, then turn left onto Route 606.

Visit at: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/jam.shtml