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 Water Trail, access to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail, the Glenwood Horse Trail and the Spec Mine Trail for mountain bikes.
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 to 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.
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.
Twin 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
The 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
Spec Mine Trail – Found at milepost 96 on Blue Ridge Parkway – This trail circles around Iron Mine Hollow and Spec Mines Branch, above the 19th-century Spec Mines, as it drops 1,300 feet in 2.8 miles to VA 645. Along the way, it passes a large pine tree the Forest Service has posted as a “designated wildlife tree,” not to be cut.
The upper end of Spec Mines Trail is on the western edge of the Blue Ridge Parkway 0.1 mile south of the Montvale Overlook, 50 yards south of milepost 96, and across the parkway from the A.T., 1.7 miles north of Black Horse Gap. The lower trailhead, south of Lithia between Buchanan and Troutville, can be reached by turning east off VA 640 onto VA 645. After 0.4 mile on VA 645, opposite the second (smaller) of two ponds, look for trail sign on right. This is a popular trail for mountain bikers.
This ride’s general location is 15 miles southwest of Buchanan and just south of Black Horse Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Scenery includes forest roads surrounded by dense woods and awesome views from the Blue Ridge Parkway. This loop will take you across the Blue Ridge Parkway on Old Sweet Springs Road at Black Horse Gap. Almost half of this ride follows the gravel and hard-packed, wide Glenwood Horse Trail, and the rest traverses the Blue Ridge Parkway. Be sure to yield the right of way to horses. Although there are some decent ups and downs, the 21-mile distance is the only limiting factor for less-experienced riders.