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Virginia whitewater, Smith River

Patrick county, Charity to Backwater of Philpott Lake section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     9.5 miles
The Smith River also offers a good run from the Philpott Dam on to North Bassett area, while generating electricity.  Depending on the number generators running, this little stretch offers some good class II's and maybe a III ...... water temp in the 40's is perfect for the hot summer days. Says Eric

This stretch of Smith River in Virginia is 9.5 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section.
    The beautiful scenery of Patrick County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. Great exercise
and just being out on the river for a while are great attractions for lots of people. Whitewater rafting and kayaking in Virginia is often easier than elsewhere, so don't forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The Charity to Backwater of Philpott Lake stretch is one  
of a few paddling stretches in this river system. The put-in location is a short drive from Martinsville, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Smith River without dropping by Fairy Stone State Park It's always nice to have a look at White Falls. At Smith River you always meet someone from Patrick Springs. Smith River generally gets a lot of rainfall. Most of the rain falls during October, and the driest month is January.

Smith River, Charity to Backwater of Philpott Lake road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Smith River.
 Whitewater Near Smith River:
Smith River, Patrick County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III - 9.5 miles long (Charity to Backwater of Philpott Lake)
Bottom Creek, Montgomery County, 17 miles away
      Class V+ - 3 miles long (Bottom Creek Road Bridge To Route 637)
South Mayo River, Henry/ Rockingham County, 18 miles away
      Class I-III - 5.5 miles long (Virginia Route 695 to Mayo River)
North Mayo, Henry/ Patrick County, 19 miles away
      Class I-III - 4.3 miles long (Virginia Route 629 to Mayo River)
Mayo River - North Fork, Rockingham County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.1 miles long (Virginia Route 629 to North Carolina Route 1359)
Roanoke River - South Fork, Bedford/ Campbell County, 20 miles away
      Class I-II - 8 miles long (Shawsville to Roanoke River)
Little River - New R. Tributary, Montgomery/ Floyd County, 21 miles away
      Class I-IV - 13 miles long (Riner to Copper Valley)
Dan River, Patrick County, 21 miles away
      Class II-III - 11.5 miles long (Pinnacles Power Plant to Claudville)
Dan River, Stokes County, 22 miles away
      Class I-III - 15.5 miles long (Route 1432 to Route 89)
Dan River, Stokes County, 22 miles away
      Class I-III - 10.4 miles long (Route 89 to Route 1652)
 Ski Areas Near Smith River:
The Homestead, Virginia , 66 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Winterplace, West Virginia , 79 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 89 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
 Hotels Near Smith River:
Knights Inn Collinsville, Collinsville , 19 miles away
Quality Inn Dutch Inn, Collinsville , 19 miles away
Comfort Inn Martinsville, Martinsville , 19 miles away
Econo Lodge Martinsville, Martinsville , 19 miles away
Super 8 Martinsville VA, Martinsville , 20 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Smith River:
Rennet Bag, Henry, 3 miles away
Fairy Stone State Park, Stuart, 3 miles away
Mines Branch, Henry, 4 miles away
 Public Lands Near Smith River:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 35 miles away
Fairy Stone State Park, Virginia , 6 miles away
Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina , 23 miles away
Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Smith River:
Trent Gordon Golf Course, Stuart , 14 miles away
Primland Resort, Meadows Of Dan , 15 miles away
Bassett Country Club, Bassett , 16 miles away
 Lakes Near Smith River
Philpott Lake, Franklin , 9 miles away

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