I was looking for a short float trip and decided to check out the James River State Park in Buckingham County Virginia. My wife and I had been there before for the afternoon but we had not canoed there yet. It’s a 2 mile float from one end of the park to the other.
Very easy put in and take out with excellent facilities in the park which include picnic areas, restrooms, bath houses, and campgrounds. If you are looking for an inexpensive place to rent tubes or canoes this is a great choice. They also have a shuttle service for only $2 on this short float which means you only need to take one car. Here’s a link for more info on their services http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/jrlivery.shtml
James River State Park is about 50 minutes from Lynchburg and is perfect for a 1/2 day adventure without having to rough it at all. Fishing wasn’t good but it could have been that I was there in the middle of the afternoon and the water temperature was extremely warm. There was also a lot of activity on the river. It was still fun and will do it again if I’m looking for a short day on the river.