Roanoke River in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Named as Top Urban Kayaking Spot

The Roanoke River in Virginia’s Blue Ridge was named the third best urban kayaking spot in the U.S. in USA TODAY’S 2021 10BestReaders’ Choice travel award contest.
The Roanoke River in Virginia’s Blue Ridge was named the third best urban kayaking spot in the U.S. in USA TODAY’S 2021 10BestReaders’ Choice travel award contest.

ROANOKE, VA. – The Roanoke River in Virginia’s Blue Ridge has been named one of the best urban kayaking spots in American.

The river received outstanding third place recognition in the 2021 USA TODAY 10 BestReaders’ Choice travel award contest for ‘Best Urban Kayaking Spot.’

Due to its unique proximity to downtown Roanoke as well as popular local parks, outfitters, and trails, this river is a known metro mountain adventure in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. In addition to kayaking, the 45-mile river ranges from flatwater to Class II rapids as it flows through the region, offering tubing, fishing, birding, and wildlife sightseeing nearly year-round.

With its beautiful mountain setting and easy accessibility, the Roanoke River Blueway is a great way to experience the outdoors in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.