Outdoor Recreation

photos of kayaker, mountain bikers & trail runner

Botetourt County is home to a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Whether you're interested in floating along the Upper James River Water Trail, mountain biking in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest,  hiking to Hay Rock Overlook on the Appalachian Trail,  or cycling a portion of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, we have something for everyone in Botetourt County!

Click here to view a map of popular outdoor recreation sites in Botetourt County.


Disc Golf 

Fishing & Boating

Hiking & Birding


Natural Resources

Opportunities for: bicycling, camping, fishing, hang gliding, hiking, hunting, photography, picnicking.

National Forests

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% of the county's land area.

The Jefferson provides most of the National Forest in the county. The Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger District oversees the 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 Route 615 and Route 621 northwest of Eagle Rock, and the other on North Creek east of Buchanan in the Glenwood District off Route 614 and Route 618.

Maps and information about trails, camping, picnicking, fishing, forest roads, horse trails, etc. are available from each of the District Ranger offices: