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.
Public Lands & Hunting
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.
Beaver Creek Reservoir
- Philpott Lake Virtual Tour (Use Safari Web Browser to View)
- Philpott Marina Brochure
- Buy a Virginia Fishing License
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 WMA
Turkeycock Mountain WMA
Fairy Stone State Park
- Buy a Virginia Hunting License
- Boxwood Hunt Club- Private Preserve Open to Members & Guests of Members
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.
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 (6.7 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)
Canoe, Kayak, Tube & Raft Rentals
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!