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Balcony Falls Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trip on the James River

Balcony Falls Info
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Put In:  James-Maury Confluence
Take Out:  Snowden
Difficulty:  Class II , Class III
Gradient:  11 ft/mi
Run Length:  5 miles
Flow Information (phone):  National Weather Service, Richmond; 757-899-4200.
Season Comments:  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Permit:  None presently required.
Character/Similar To:  Initially wide and mild this section of the James begins to pick up as it passes through a gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains leading to Balcony Falls where large boulders and massive ledges create the runs best whitewater. The run ends with a two mile paddle through slack water to the boat ramp at Snowden.
Hazards:  None
Water Craft:  kayak,wwcan,raft
Wilderness:  No
Camping on River:  Campgrounds available in Buena Vista near US 501.
Location:  In the Mid-Atlantic (VA), 153 miles Southwest of Richmond
Shuttle Logistics:  Put-in: From I-81, take US 60 into Buena Vista, turn right onto US 501 and head south to Glasgow. Take the first left and drive a half mile to the putin, Locker Landing which is actually on the Muary River a few yards upstream from its confluence with the James.
Take-out: Head back to US 501, turn right and wind your way about 5 miles through the mountains and eventually back to river level. Take-out is located at the public boat ramp at Snowden.

Towns near Balcony Falls Kayaking

Purcellville Virginia
Richmond Virginia
Scottsville Virginia

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