Name / Description

James River

Type

Rivers

Discoverer

0

Length (miles)

340

Part of / Flows into

Chesapeake Bay; Richmond at tidewater

Sovereignty

US/Virginia

Additional Notes

340 miles long, formed in W central Va. by Jackson and Cowpasture rivers; 37�47'N 79�46'W. Flows generally E past Glasgow, where it receives Maury (North) R. from N, cuts through Blue Ridge at Balcony Falls, past Lynchburg, Goochland, Richmond, overfalls and around islands past Hopewell, where it becomes a tidal river, continues ESE through series of historic plantations, widens into estuary c.12 miles W of Williamsburg and receives Chickahominy R. from NW. Continues past Jamestown and Newport News, forms Hampton Roads, harbor for Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, and Norfolk, before entering Chesapeake Bay, c.20 miles W of mouth of the bay.