Regional Recreation Information

In addition to the resources and facilities of the Botetourt County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, the region offers many recreational opportunities ...

Please explore the new Botetourt County Tourism site for additional information.



(see also Natural Resources section below)



 Fishing and Boating Canoe


Hiking and Birding hikers




Natural Resources

Opportunities for: bicycling, camping, fishing, hang gliding, hiking, hunting, photography, picnicking  (see also Activities section above)

 Appalachian Trail


 Blue Ridge Parkway

 National Forests and Parks

The Jefferson National Forest and the George Washington National Forest have over 70,000 acres in three Ranger Districts in Botetourt County. The National Forests make up 22 percent of the county's land area.

The Jefferson provides most of the National Forest in the county. The Glenwood Ranger District oversees national forest in the northeastern part of the county, while the Eastern Divide Ranger District manages the National Forest in the southern and western parts of the county. The James River Ranger District manages the George Washington National Forest in the northern part of the county.

The forests have two camping and picnicking areas in Botetourt, one on Roaring Run in the Eastern Divide District off Rt. 615 and Rt. 621 northwest of Eagle Rock, and the other on North Creek east of Buchanan in the Glenwood District off Rt. 614 and Rt. 618.

Maps and information about trails, camping, picnicking, fishing, forest roads, horse trails, etc. are available from each of the District Ranger offices:




Did You Know...

Fpo Did You Know

The mighty James River begins its majestic journey in Botetourt County winding through the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains on its way to the Chesapeake Bay. The Upper James River Water Trail offers 8 public boating access points along the 45 miles of the river in Botetourt County, including 14 miles designated as a Virginia Scenic River..