Regional Recreation Information
Please explore the new Botetourt County Tourism site for additional information.
(see also Natural Resources section below)
Fishing and Boating
- Upper James River Water Trail
- Fishing Licenses
- Public Boating Access in Botetourt County
- Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - Fishing Information
Hiking and Birding
- Birding and Wildlife Trail
- Botetourt County Cherry Blossom Trail (Botetourt Center at Greenfield)
- Craig's Creek Recreation Area (Oriskany)
- Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club
- Roaring Run Trail
- Woodpecker Ridge Nature Center
Opportunities for: bicycling, camping, fishing, hang gliding, hiking, hunting, photography, picnicking (see also Activities section above)
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: