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From the rivers to the lakes there is no shortage of water to paddle, float, ski and swim in the Blue Ridge Highlands of Virginia. Virginia has nearly 1,000 square miles of surface water in its lakes, rivers and bays, and 25,000 miles of rivers and streams.

The New River, a tributary of the Kanawha River, is approximately 320 mi (515 km) long, flowing through the states of North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia in the United States. Much of the river's course through West Virginia is designated as the New River Gorge National River. The New River is one of the American Heritage Rivers of the United States. The New River is home to many species of freshwater game fish including bass, trout, walleye, muskellunge, crappie, bluegill, carp, flathead and channel catfish.

New River Expedition: Article by Jim Thorton on the New River Voice

New RiverNew River | Oldest River in North America

The New River is an ancient river system, the oldest on the North American continent and second only to the Nile River in Africa as the oldest river in the world. It begins as two streams in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, before merging into the New River four miles from the Virginia line. And therein lies another quirk of this ancient river - it flows northward rather than southward like most of the other major rivers along the eastern seaboard. It meandors some 160 miles through the counties of Grayson, Carroll, Pulaski, Montgomery and Giles in Virginia before it turns into Bluestone Lake in West Virginia and emerges later as the Kanawha River at the Gauley Bridge. The New River ends its metamorphosis when it empties into the great Mississippi River.

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Claytor LakeClaytor Lake | Pulaski

With 472 acres of mostly hardwoods and pines, Claytor Lake State Park is now the centerpiece of 21-mile-long Claytor Lake.

website | (540) 643-2500

Rural Reteat Lake | Rural Retreat

This 90-acre lake has excellent fishing. Campground has 72 wooded sites with hookups, a swimming pool, a picnic area, hiking trails and a playground.

(276) 686-4331

Hungry Mother State ParkHungry Mother State Park | Marion

Hungry Mother has a sandy beach with bathhouse, boats and boat launch, universally accessible fishing pier, campgrounds, cabins, a fantastic restaurant, a gift shop, a visitor center, a five-bedroom lodge that sleeps 16, and hiking and biking trails.

website | (276) 781-7400

Mountain LakeGiles CountyMountain Lake | Pembroke

Mountain Lake provides a wide array of nature-based opportunities that are managed by the Mountain Lake Conservancy, including: 20 hiking and birding trails, a wetland area, boating, and various programs and activities in which guests at Mountain Lake's hotel and cottages can participate in order to learn more about becoming good stewards of the land.

website | (800) 346-3334

Smith Mountain LakeSmith Mountain Lake | Bedford-Franklin

Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia's most popular lake, offers superb recreational activities, 500 miles of shoreline, a wide variety of water sports. Known as the "Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains".

website | (800) 676-8203

Fairy Stone State ParkFairy Stone State Park | Stuart

Home of the lucky fairy stones, Fairy Stone is well known for its 168-acre lake adjoining Philpott Reservoir just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

website | (800) 933-PARK

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  • John's Creek
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New River's EdgeGiles CountyNew River's Edge | Pembroke

NRE lodge is located on the banks of the New River and sleeps up to 12. We offer at no extra expense to overnight guests, canoes, kayaks and tubing with life jackets, dry bags, coolers and shuttle service.

website | (540) 599-8382

New River Outdoor CompanyGiles CountyNew River Outdoor Company | Pembroke

We are a full-service outdoor company that provides canoe, kayak, and raft rentals on the New River, cabin rentals, guided New River fishing trips for trophy smallmouth bass, and log home sales.

website | (540) 921-7438

Tangent OutfittersGiles CountyTangent Outfitters | Pembroke

Tangent Outfitters, with locations in Pembroke and Radford, Virginia, is a full service outfitter and guide service, specializing in canoeing, kayaking, rafting, mountain biking and guided fishing.

website | (540) 626-4567

New River AnglerGiles CountyNew River Angler | Pembroke

New River Angler offers float fishing trips for smallmount bass, muskies, and trout in the beautiful mountains of southwest Virginia.

website | (540) 921-4407




New River AnglerRandolph Park | Dublin

Evelyn Alexander Water Park is within Randolph Park. This state of the art park offers a 8 lane lap pool, walk in access to heated water, 38ft. long water slide, water basketball, shaded swimming and sitting area in the shallow end of pool, Frog and Boat Slide for little tykes, bath house, deck furniture and umbrellas and concessions with picnic shelter.

website | (540) 674-1513


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