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James River State Park has a seasonal canoe livery service. Enjoy a trip out on the water, or rent a canoe, kayak, tube or bike!

Enjoy using the park's seasonal canoe livery service

Rent a kayak or canoe for the day, or just for the trip down the river

Renting tubes as a family, friends or group is a lot of fun at James River State Park

Renting tubes as a family, friends or group is a lot of fun!

Bike rentals for the whole family
Don't have a bike rack on your vehicle? Consider bike rentals for the whole family!
FEES (Subject to change):
    Trip 1 - Bent Creek to Canoe Landing. Six-mile shuttle included. Canoe, $45; single kayak, $35.
    Trip 2 - Bent Creek to Dixon Landing. Eight-mile shuttle included. Canoe, $50; single kayak, $40.
    Trip 3 - Canoe Landing to Dixon Landing. Two-mile shuttle included. Canoe or kayak, $15; tube, $12.
Click here for a map of the trips.
Hourly and daily rental also available, as are mountain bikes and accessories - bike helmets, life jackets, paddles, seat back, etc.
Inexpensive shuttle service is available for those who bring their own equipment. Call the livery directly at (434) 933-8682 or the park at (434) 933-4355, email
The livery is open daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The livery is also open on weekends during off-season, which is mid-April through Memorial Day and from Labor Day through mid-October. Equipment availability is always subject to weather and river conditions. Call the livery at (434) 933-8682 for information about current conditions.

James River State Park, 104 Green Hill Drive, Gladstone, VA 24553; 434-933-4355 Drive Times: from Richmond, two hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, four hours; Roanoke, two hours; Charlottesville, one and a half hours. It is only 8 miles to Appomattox. Google map here.

Learn more about James River State Park here

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. Thirteen primitive campsites are by the river and offer opportunities to canoe-in camp. There are 15 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Green Hill Pond Trail and the Tye River Overlook are wheelchair-accessible. Three fishing ponds and boating access to 12 miles of the James River make the park ideal for anglers. There are seven picnic areas in the park and six picnic shelters that offer beautiful views of the surrounding hills. 

This is a great opportunity to come out for the day, bring a picnic and have some family fun! You don't have to stay overnight to take advantage of this great service, to float the James River and make some memories in the mix. Get ready to get outside!

Published: 04/18/2012

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