WCC to Snowden

River trips



River Gauge




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The Famous Balcony Falls.
For the Adventurous:  Balcony
Falls offers the only Class III  rapid
on the upper James River.
From our put-in to the public
take-out at Snowden, is about 7
miles. We generally allow 4 hours
for this trip.
After launching in your
kayak you will encounter two Class
II rapids before reaching the
confluence of the James and
Maury Rivers. There the river
widens and the mountains close in
around  the river.
Unusual looking rock along the way.
Verticle View of Balcony Falls
Vertical View of Balcony Falls.
Pristine Wilderness:
Along the way, there are
several opportunities to
stop and enjoy the
Wilderness around you
and where you can look for
the American Bald Eagles
that have been seen on this
After scouting and running
Balcony Falls, its into the
flat water of Snowden. The
take-out is on the left at a
public boat landing about 2
miles below the class III
There the boats and gear
will be loaded on the bus
and shuttled back to  
Wilderness Canoe.
Downstream\Upstream at Balcony Falls
View down stream at Balcony Falls. And view up stream at Balcony Falls.
Hold mouse on picture to change view.
Pedistal Rock
Buffalo Rock
Jump Rock
Jump Rock Overlook
Rocky Road
Over Hanging Rock near Snowden.
Looking down from Jump Rock.
Jump Rock just past Balcony.
Rocky Road.
Things to consider:
-Minimum age is 14
-Max. River Height is 4Ft. on Buchanan Gauge
-Min. Group size is 4