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Smith River Fest

Smith River FestAugust 8, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Run, paddle, cast and bike your way to fun at Smith River Fest! Held annually along the Smith River in Henry County, Virginia, this event is truly a celebration of all things associated with the Smith River and our great outdoors. Ride the river, enter the Blue Ridge Duck Race, browse vendors and challenge yourself in the Helgramite Hustle 5K Mud Run.

The Smith River is 45 miles of scenic beauty flowing through our community from the base of Philpott Dam in Bassett, Virginia down to Eden, North Carolina where it meets the Dan River. Alongside the river and throughout Martinsville & Henry County are nearly 20 miles of shared-use trails that make up the Smith River Trail System. Paddlers will love the variety that the Smith River offers from calm floats to class I/II rapids. 

The festival is located at the Smith River Sports Complex, 1000 Irisburg Road in Axton, just off the Hwy 58 Bypass. Admission and parking are free! 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Are dogs allowed at Smith River Fest?

A: We welcome friendly, healthy and well-behaved dogs that are on leashes. You can take your furry friend on a walk at the new Paw Path and shop for pet supplies from Grooming Tails Doggie Salon and Boutique and the Martinsville Henry County SPCA that will be onsite. We do ask that you be considerate by not walking dogs near the petting zoo area. 

Q: Is on-site camping available at Smith River Fest?

A: No, but Indian Heritage RV Park is just a short drive away and offers campsite along the Smith River. Click for additional camping and lodging options


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