Outdoor Activities

The Town’s rural setting provides ample opportunities for sporting enthusiast to participate in many activities such as canoeing & Kayaking on the James River, hiking, cycling and fishing.  The Town has direct access to the Upper James River Blueway, access to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail and the Glenwood Horse Trail.

The Town’s Main Street, US Route 11 coincides with the US Bicentennial Bicycle Trail. The Upper James River Blueway may be accessed off of Main Street at the Town Park on Lowe Street. The Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail and the Glenwood Horse Trail all may be accessed from Main Street by traveling on Parkway Drive.

The area surrounding the Town offers numerous opportunities to100_1314 residents and tourists alike for hunting, fishing, horseback riding, hiking and enjoying the outdoors. Both the Jefferson and George Washington National Forest are nearby and offer many opportunities for camping, hiking and picnicking. Both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail run along the crest of the mountain and are located just 4 miles from Town.

Service Businesses

H & H Outdoors (540) 254 – 2420; 17518 Main Street Fishing, Hunting & Canoe Supplies www.handhoutdoors.com  The one-stop shop for all your outdoor needs. H & H Outdoors offers fishing supplies including rods & reels, live bait, artificial bait, line, lures, hooks, River & Appalachian Trail Shuttle Service and more. Check out our dog supplies with dog food, Garmin GPS Systems, collars, name plates, kennels, dog boxes, dog leads, hunting lights and more. We also offer Livestock feed and supplies including Pride, Tracker, Huntclub, HI-Teck and Bartlett Feeds. Don’t forget to check out our hunting supplies including clothes, knives, bear, deer, turkey hunting supplies, bear, deer, turkey game check station, bows including Parker Compound and Cross Bows, arrows, broadheads, slings, carrying cases, arrow cutting and Fletching and more.  H&H Outdoors also carries Firearms including Rugers, Stag Arms, Savage, Kel-Tec, Traurus, Hi-Point, Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Ammunition and more.

Mt. Joy RV Sales & Service (540) 254-2360;   Mt. Joy RV specializes in affordable Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels including Forest River, Wildwood, Heartland Prowler, Palomino Solaire Ultra-Lite, Palomino Mini’s and Forest River Vengeance Toy Hauler.

canoe shuttleTwin River Outfitters (540) 261 – 7334; 653 Lowe Street Canoe & Kayak Trips, Tubing & Shuttle www.canoevirginia.com

TWIN RIVER OUTFITTERS is a paddle sports business that rents canoes, kayaks, rafts, and river tubes. We run trips on the Upper James, Cowpasture, Jackson, and the Maury Rivers. TRO offers its customers fun and safe river trips that range from lazy river to whitewater paddling experiences with true mountain views. We offer a variety of single day and multi-day river based camping trips. Twin River Outfitters also has the historic James River House available for rent right on Main Street. We are the oldest and most experienced outfitter operating on the Upper James River and have been safely running paddle trips since 1978. We maintain the largest kayak and canoe rental fleets in this part of the state with lots of types of canoe and kayak models to choose from. We are located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia about 20 miles North of Roanoke, Virginia.

Inventory of Parks

003The Buchanan Town Park consists of 7 acres owned by the Town. The site has an outdoor basketball court, children’s playground equipment, a boat ramp maintained by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), a greenway along the James River, the Buchanan Bicentennial Gazebo, picnic tables and the Carnival Grounds with Concession Stands and Accessory Buildings. The site is a popular starting point and ending point for canoeing and kayaking on the Upper James River Blueway as well as fishing from its banks.

Buchanan Elementary School consists of 11 acres with one large baseball/softball field with lights. This field is enclosed with fence and contains covered dugouts with concrete floors and a scoreboard. One large soccer field with lights surrounded by 1/5 mile paved walking track. One small t-ball field with fencing, covered dugouts with concrete floors. Concession stand with restrooms and a small picnic pavilion with tables. Two batting cages, one outdoor basketball court, fitness course, playground equipment for 12 and under.

Buchanan Park is 9 acres owned by Botetourt County and located adjacent to the Buchanan Elementary School. The site consists of 9 acres with one small baseball/softball field with lights. The field is enclosed with fence and contains covered dugouts with concrete floors and a scoreboard. The site also contains one intermediate soccer field and two tennis courts with lights and a ¼ mile paved outdoor track.

James River High School consist of 32.5 acres with one large baseball/softball field with lights and dugouts. One softball field with lights and dugouts, one multi-purpose practice field with ¼ mile paved track. One football/soccer stadium with lights and irrigation system. Two batting cages, concession stand, restrooms and press box.

James River Limestone Park is owned by Mill Creek Baptist Church. The park consists of 5 acres with a Baseball/softball field, tennis court with lights, swimming pool with clubhouse and picnic shelter and is available for use by membership. For Information call (540) 254 – 2033; Main Street