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. Known as the Smith River Trail System, this network includes a scenic blueway with 10 river access points and more than 20 miles of greenway.
Travel through history as you explore the Smith River through the towns of Bassett, Stanleytown, Fieldale, Martinsville, and Ridgeway, once the heart of furniture and textiles in America. Explore the rock outcrops, rapids, scenery, and Native American fish weirs still intact on sections of the river.
Click on the Smith River Blueway to discover more!
Up for a Challenge? Check out our new partnership with Virginia Backpacking and complete the "Dirty Dozen" Challenge in Martinsville - Henry County!
Curious about what the future holds for our trail system, check out our 2019 Rivers & Trails Recreational Use Plan