Don't miss out on our fun events!

View the calendar

Explore our interactive map

Directions to launches & take-outs, display of trails and mile markers, links to details!

interactive map of blueways, launches and take-outs

Put-ins, take-outs, and blueways - we're building this map out to help you plan your outings.  Get directions to put-ins and take-outs, or choose a trail that's most convenient to your location. Check it out!


Help build our wiki!

We're building out our trails wiki, and you can help document the trails!

Our aim is to provide the most extensive resource available for the upper reaches.  Instructions are on the way to help you help us, but in the meantime check out what we've got so far.

Canoeing, Hiking, Adventure! Upper Reach, Roanoke River Basin Association

Who we are...

Upper Reach is an adventure education program within the Roanoke River Basin Association a 501(c)(3). We are a family of citizen volunteers from nearby neighborhoods, schools and towns who enjoy getting outdoors and helping to better our community and its citizens through environmental education. Our team of experts and enthusiasts includes people of many backgrounds including wildlife biologists, foresters, landscape architects, educators, and others.

What we do....

We participate in developing paddle and hiking trails, outdoor excursions, geo-caching, wildlife enhancements and photography, environmental stewardship and educational programs.


Our Mission is to promote access to important habitat areas along the Roanoke River, its tributaries and neighboring region, in a way that inspires people to become more active and engaged in their outdoor environment.


We believe that by helping people to actively engage in their natural environment through our outdoor experiential programs, we will foster a lasting sense of sustainability and stewardship for our world.

Upcoming Events

No events

Life Jackets/PFD's:

Have Them
Wear Them
Set the right example for children!

Donate to Upper Reach

Join Upper Reach & RRBA

Help us undertake activities that promote the development, use, preservation, and enhancement of the Roanoke River Basin. Visit and click Membership in the top menu.

Stay Connected


Featured Project


US-1 Steel Bridge Launch

Handicap accessible! The launch serves as the takeout for paddlers launching at the Tailrace. Read More

Virginia Tourism website

rrba affiliate

book excursions