Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southern Virginia, Martinsville - Henry County has plenty of adventures awaiting to guarantee that you have fun in record time in the great outdoors. Experience paddling, fishing, hiking, camping, and many other activities that are sure to delight the entire family!
- Camping, swimming, fishing and more at Philpott Lake
- Smith River paddling and/or fishing excursions
- Hiking the Richard P. Gravely, Jr. Nature Preserve
- Walking, biking, running the Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail
- Hunting fairy stones, swimming, horseback riding and more at Fairy Stone State Park
Outfitters and Guides
- Goose Point Campground – camping, swimming areas, fishing piers, and more
- Smith River Outfitters – guided paddling and/or fly fishing trips on the Smith River
- Richard P. Gravely, Jr. Nature Preserve – rustic hiking featuring historic sites
- Bike Barn – FREE bike rental service along the Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail
- Fairy Stone State Park – hunting for fairy stones, camping, swimming, boating rentals, and more
Arrive at Goose Point Campground - one of 12 recreational areas available at beautiful Philpott Lake. Once you’re checked in, experience all of the recreational opportunities found around the park including hiking trails, swimming areas, fishing piers and more! Once evening arrives, camp under the stars with the comfort of full hookups or enjoy the simplicity of more rustic tent sites.
Get the full experience of the Smith River during day two’s adventures. Start with a guided river experience courtesy of Smith River Outfitters. Enjoy a relaxing fishing trip or float with one of Smith River Outfitter’s expert guides or rent a canoe or kayak and paddle yourself down one of the many fun and secluded sections of the beautiful Smith River. However you want to experience the river, Smith River Outfitters can make it happen.
After lunch at one of our delicious locally owned establishments such as Papa’s Pizzeria or Checkered Pig, experience the land along the Smith River on one of the many trails that make up the Smith River Trail System. If more rustic hiking is your style, head over to the Richard P. Gravely, Jr. Nature Preserve. Featuring miles of varied terrain trails, a variety of plant life and even a historic tobacco barn and cemetery, the Gravely Nature Preserve is an interesting hiking experience. If you prefer multi-purpose trails, check out the Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail that runs through the city of Martinsville. This paved 4.5-mile stretch is perfect for walking, running, and biking. The trail is currently under expansion and will soon be 10 miles long for even more fun. Don’t forget to stop by our local Bike Barn, where you can rent bikes to travel the trail for free!
Visit nearby Fairy Stone State Park for a jam packed day of fun! The park offers a variety of activities that the entire family will enjoy. Start the day with the most unique experience at this park - the ability to hunt for fairy stones. Fairy Stones are staurolite crystals which are found in only a few places around the world. Besides Virginia, which has the most abundance of them, they can also be found in Georgia, New Mexico, Brazil, and Switzerland.
Fairy Stone State Park features a 168-acre lake adjoining Philpott Reservoir. Cool off by taking a dip in the swimming area which features a deep water diving board and a playground in the water for children. During the day, you can also rent paddleboats, canoes, and more to get out and explore the water.
Avid fishermen, with a Virginia fishing license, can drop a line all around the park and enjoy catching largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and October-stocked trout that the lake has to offer.
Trail seekers can enjoy the park's Little Mountain Trail System which includes 10 miles of multi-use trails that are open to hiking, cycling and horseback riding, with the rest being pedestrian trails only.
If you choose to extend your stay, Fairy Stone State Park offers cabins, a campground, group camping, and an equestrian campground.
The park is also conveniently located just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, so continue exploring the great outdoors in the beauty of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Note: Please contact Smith River Outfitters to schedule your trip on the Smith River. Also, please call ahead to the Bike Barn for rental availability at 276-632-6427. If you need further information, please contact the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center at 888-722-3498.
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