Smith River Information
Hike, walk or run along the Smith River Trail System.
Test your skills and endurance at the Mountain Laurel Trail Mountain Biking Complex, or enjoy the native wildlife tucked inside the lush landscapes of the abundant trails of MHC. The Dick & Willie Trail even offers free loaner bikes and equipment for use along the trail!
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 11 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.
Visit Smith River Blueway to discover more or see below to download a printable detailed version of our trail system!
Up for a Challenge?
Hike, bike, walk, run, and/or paddle at least 12 miles of combined trail in Martinsville-Henry County to complete the "Dirty Dozen" Challenge and purchase your commemorative patch, in partnership with Virginia Backpacking.
Our Future Plan
Curious about what the future holds for our trail system, check out our 2019 Rivers & Trails Recreational Use Plan