Canoeing in Virginia

Canoeing Trips in Virginia

Between the coastal inlets and the inland lakes and reservoirs, Virginia's paddling destinations are hard to beat! Find canoeing trips in Virginia for every level of canoeist. Whether you're looking for a guided trip, canoe rentals, self-guided, day trip, multi-day trip, or anything in between, there's a canoe trip in Virginia for you. If you've paddled Virginia before, be sure to share your trip with the rest of us!

Planning the trip of a lifetime? Check out these safe paddling tips and always wear your life jacket

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Guide to Canoeing in Virginia

This New England State is no exception to the beauty that makes this part of the country so popular! For a great showing of color, get out for a paddle in Virginia when the fall colors are at their peak! Here are a few popular paddling destinations in Virginia:

  • James River
  • York River
  • Lake Chesdin
  • Chickahominy River
  • Pamunkey River

Canoeing Locations in Virginia

If you want to plot your own route, check out all paddling locations in Virginia! Search thousands of put-in and take-out locations on our Paddling Locations Map and be sure to download the Go Paddling app where you can save favorites or create and share a float plan!

Plan a Canoeing Trip to Virginia

Over the years, many of our paddlers have paddled throughout Virginia and were so generous to share their paddling experiences with us in a community trip report. Read a few examples of Virginia community trip reports below:

Connect with Paddlers in Virginia

Looking to connect with other paddlers in Richmond? Below are a number of resources to help get you started:

Canoe Outfitters in Virginia

Looking to rent a canoe or go on a guided trip? Check out these outfitters in Virginia: