Martinsville, Virginia

Things to Do

Smith River Access - Bassett

Fishing & Boating

Henry County Parks and Recreation provides easy access for paddlers to the Smith River. This public river access point behind Bassett Furniture Co. has convenient parking. In this relatively urban portion of the Smith River, paddlers will view what remains of a once vibrant furniture manufacturing industry along the river’s banks in Bassett and Stanleytown. This section, featuring Class I and II rapids, includes Native American fish weirs and 19th-century batteau navigation structures, visible at low water. Paddlers should be aware that the entrance ramp is rustic and that water levels are subject to rapid change due to releases from Philpott Dam. Water temperature is cold year round. Paddlers should check USGS gauges and please call for water release schedule.

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