Petticoat Junction is an access along the Jackson River for canoes/kayaks (one could put in at Gathright Dam and float down the Jackson to this point). Petticoat Junction is the last pull out before floating down into Covington. From I-64, take Exit 16 for US 220 N, turn left on US 220/US60, and make another left to remain on US 220 N for 5.2 miles. Make a slight left at Jackson River Road SR 687. Turn left on Mays Lane. Go 0.2 miles to the riverfront.
This site is also on the Virginia Birdiing and Wildlife Trail. According to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, "These surroundings support anticipated birds such as indigo buntings and song sparrows. Along forest edges these birds can be heard singing from prominent points and popping out of denser patches of scrub and grass. The woods ring with the familiar calls of Carolina wren, northern cardinal and northern flicker, while the river hosts great blue and green herons, wood duck and belted kingfisher. Butterflies such as eastern tiger swallowtail and red-spotted purple float between cardinal flowers and black-eyed Susans. The glittering ebony jewelwing sticks to shady sections along the stream, often sharing their perch with eastern painted turtles."