James River

The James River is a river in the U.S. state of Virginia that begins in the Appalachian Mountains and flows 348 miles (560 km)[3] to Chesapeake Bay. The river length extends to 444 miles (715 km) if one includes the Jackson River, the longer of its two source tributaries.[3] It is the longest river in Virginia. Jamestown and Williamsburg, Virginia’s first colonial capitals, and Richmond, Virginia's current capital, lie on the James River.

James River
James River at the crossing of the Blue Ridge Parkway
A map of the James River drainage basin
EtymologyKing James VI and I
Native namePowhatan River
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
SourceConfluence of Cowpasture River and Jackson River
  locationAllegheny Mountains, Virginia
  coordinates37°47′4″N 79°46′33″W[1]
MouthHampton Roads
Chesapeake Bay, Virginia
36°56′30″N 76°26′37″W[1]
Length348 mi (560 km)
Basin size10,432 sq mi (27,020 km2)
  average6,835 cu ft/s (193.5 m3/s)[2]
  minimum10 cu ft/s (0.28 m3/s)
  maximum313,000 cu ft/s (8,900 m3/s)
Basin features
  leftChickahominy River
  rightAppomattox River
The James, hidden by trees, at Percival's Island Riverwalk in Lynchburg, Virginia