With more than 10,000 acres of public land, 3,000 acres of open water, 45 miles of river and 20 miles of trails, there's something for every outdoor enthusiast to enjoy in Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia!
Philpott Lake- The fun starts in the North West corner of Henry County at Philpott Lake. As seen on FLW Outdoors, this 3,000 acre reservoir, shared by the counties of Henry, Patrick and Franklin, is surrounded by 7,000 acres of public land for your recreational enjoyment. Eight campgrounds, six beaches and nine boat launches are available around the lake. Be sure to stop by the lake's Visitor Center for a guided tour of their History & Culture Exhibits or listen to informative Ranger Talks offered throughout the year.
- Philpott Lake FIT (Fitness Interpretive Trail) - Natural Surface, 1.5 miles
- Philpott Dam Access on The Smith River (6.4 miles to next access at North Bassett)
- Philpott Park Group Recreational Area
- Philpott Lake Virtual Tour (Use Safari Web Browser to View)
- Birding & Wildlife Trail: Philpott Dam
- Goose Point Park at Philpott Lake
Fairy Stone State Park - Named for the unique cross-shaped crystals found in the soil there, Fairy Stone 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.
Birding & Wildlife Trail: Fairystone Farms
Turkeycock Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Public canoe ramps are available for use by paddlers. If you enjoy whitewater, paddle the river during peak generation from the dam, if a relaxing flat water paddle is more your speed put your boat in further downstream. Call 276.629.2432 before paddling or fishing to listen to a recorded generation schedule.
If you prefer 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. For additional information on trout fishing contact the Smith River Chapter of Trout Unlimited at (276) 340-3193 or visit Fish Virginia First.