James River Trail/Trail of Trees Milepost 636

Monroe, Virginia

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A pleasant walk across a scenic river bridge leads to a self-guiding interpretive exhibit at a canal lock built in the mid-1800s. The James River Trail crosses the impressive pedestrian span beneath the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge. Descend the steps on the west side of the river and go left across the grassy riverside meadow to Battery Creek Lock. Built in 1848 and used between 1851 and 1880 on the James River and Kanawha Canal, the lock lifted and lowered boats around part of the river’s 13 feet of drop from nearby Buchanan, a Shenandoah Valley town and western terminus of the canal.

James River Trail/Trail of Trees (Milepost 63.6) Professional Review and Guide

"A pleasant walk across a scenic river bridge leads to a self-guiding interpretive exhibit at a canal lock built in the mid-1800s. The James River Trail crosses the impressive pedestrian span beneath the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge.

Descend the steps on the west side of the river and go left across the grassy riverside meadow to Battery Creek Lock. Built in 1848 and used between 1851 and 1880 on the James River and Kanawha Canal, the lock lifted and lowered boats around part of the river’s 13 feet of drop from nearby Buchanan, a Shenandoah Valley town and western terminus of the canal."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monroe
Distance: 0.4 -.05 mile
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Maps: USGS Big Island; Parkway map available in season at visitor center and campground, and online at nps.gov/blri/planyour-visit/otter-creek-james-river-trails.htm
Driving Directions: Directions to James River Trail/Trail of Trees (Milepost 63.6)

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