Visitors, Start Your Engines

Grab your bike, canoe or kayak and head outdoors! Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia offers a variety of recreational opportunities along our rivers, lakes, trails and public lands. Enjoy fishing, skiing and boating on Philpott Lake or the Smith River.

Lakes

Lakes 

 

Turkeycock Mountain WMA

Public Lands & Hunting

 

Smith River

Smith River Outfitters

 

Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail

Trails 


   

Lakes

Enjoy fishing and boating on the lakes in Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia. Philpott Lake, as seen on FLW Outdoors, is a 3,000 acre reservoir located in the northwest corner of Henry County. The lake's newest attraction, Philpott Marina, will open in early 2014.  Beaver Creek Reservoir, located near Patrick Henry Community College, offers 165 acres of water for fishing and boating. For an enjoyable scenic drive, check out Lake Lanier located along Corn Tassle Trail in Martinsville. While privately owned and not open to the public for fishing or boating, this lake makes a beautiful backdrop for an afternoon of sightseeing.  

Philpott Lake
Philpott Lake 

 

Philpott Marina
Philpott Marina 
 Beaver Creek Reservoir
Beaver Creek Reservoir 
 Lake Lanier
Lake Lanier 


Public Lands & Hunting

More than 10,000 acres of public lands are available for nature and recreation enthusiasts to enjoy hiking, biking, hunting and geocaching on. Fairy Stone State Park, named for the unique cross-shaped crystals found in the soil there, is a fun destination for outdoor recreation. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating, camping and hiking, naturalist programs and more.  

Fairystone Farms
Fairystone Farms WMA 
 Turkeycock Mountain WMA
Turkeycock Mountain WMA
 Fairy Stone State Park
Fairy Stone State Park 
 Philpott Lake
Philpott Lake 


Smith River

Below Philpott Dam a 44.5-mile section of the Smith River bisects Henry County, Virginia, as it travels from Philpott Lake down to the North Carolina border. This is one water destination that really does have it all. The river can be navigated by canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards (SUP), rafts and tubes. Travel through history as you explore the Smith River through the towns of Bassett, Stanleytown, Fieldale, Ridgeway and Martinsville, once the heart of furniture and textiles in America. Explore the rock outcrops, scenery and Native American fish weirs still intact on sections of the river. 

Ten public canoe ramps are available for use by paddlers and Smith River Access Pointsfishermen. If you enjoy whitewater, canoe or kayak the river during peak generation from the dam, if a relaxing flat water paddle is more your speed put your boat or tube in further downstream. Call 276.629.2432 before paddling or fishing to listen to a recorded generation schedule for Philpott Dam. Click to access the interactive map
1. Philpott Dam Access (6.4 miles to next access)
2. An access is on the opposite side of the river in Franklin County
3. North Bassett River Access (6 miles to next access)

4. The Great Road River Access (2 miles to next access)

5. Fieldale River Access (5.2 miles to next access)

6. Doe Run River Access (Portage required to navigate around Martinsville Dam)

7. South Martinsville River Access (4.5 miles to next access)

8. Smith River Sports Complex River Access (2.2 miles to next access)

9. Marrowbone Creek River Access (3.4 miles to next access)
Fly Fishing
10. Mitchell Bridge River Access (12.8 miles to Spray Dam in Eden, NC) 
  
If you prefer trout fishing, wild trout are abundant and the Smith River is known for its "wiley browns." Stocked Rainbows can also be caught above Martinsville, while small mouths and redbreast are abundant further downstream. Remember to call 276.629.2432 before  fishing to listen to a recorded generation schedule for Philpott Dam.

For additional information on trout fishing contact the Smith River Chapter of Trout Unlimited or visit Fish Virginia First.  
 
 
 

 

Canoe, Kayak, Tube & Raft Rentals Tubing on the Smith River

Whether you want to rent equipment or if you just need a shuttle or guide along the river, these area businesses can help you enjoy a fun day of canoeing, kayaking, tubing or rafting along the Smith River.

Join Other Outdoor Enthusiasts 

Looking for a buddy? Here are some area groups that also enjoy paddling, bicycling, hiking and fishing!