The James River has been a major
transportation artery through Virginia for centuries. Although
originally planned to provide a navigable waterway from Great Falls
at Richmond to the Ohio River, the James River and Kanawha Canal was
destined to extend no further west than Buchanan. When completed in
1851, it was the primary commercial route in the state.
war, floods, and railroads spelled disaster for the canal, causing
it to fail within the next thirty years. Near the James River
visitor center, visitors can see one of the restored canal locks.
The James River/Otter Creek recreation area has a campground,
restaurant, picnic area, and fishing in Otter Lake.
Milepost 34.4 Yankee Horse Parking
Logging Railroad Exhibit.
61: Otter Creek Campground
Opens in May
Phone: (434) 299 5941
It is at the lowest Parkway
elevation near Virginia's James River
Milepost 63.7 James River Visitor
Center and exhibits.
Self-guiding nature trail.