Even if you have lived in
or Henry County Southern Virginia your entire life, we bet you will find something new about the in the recently published “Insiders Guide to the Smith River Valley .” Filled with maps and information, this full color, water-proof guide showcases Smith River and Martinsville as a true Henry County
The new guide highlights the
and Smith River with information and photos from local paddlers, fisherman, hikers, and historians. For more than 80 miles, the Smith winds through four rural counties in two states, creating Philpott Reservoir and bisecting Henry County before reaching the confluence with the Henry County Dan River in . Travel along with the author from the North Carolina Blue Ridge to the piedmont and learn history, river tips and recreational opportunities in the . Made possible with funding from the Harvest Foundation and published by the Dan River Basin Association, the “Insider’s Guide to the Smith River” will help visitors and locals experience the timeless beauty of the river from wildflowers to wildlife or be transported to century-old mill towns, railroads, prehistoric stone fish weirs and historic river navigation structures. Smith River Valley
Focusing on the 45-mile section from Philpott Dam to the confluence with the
Dan River in , the 18 maps detail river features and key points through photos, symbols and text. The upper North Carolina , above Philpott Dam, is represented for 30 miles by an additional map. But this comprehensive guide isn’t just maps. Narrative pages contain a wealth of information about Smith River , Martinsville , fishing, trails, parks, camping, wildlife, and links to additional information about the Henry County and the piedmont region of the Smith River Valley Blue Ridge Mountains.
Are you a history buff? Then the Guide is for you too. Did you know theWhether you are interested in the best places to paddle, exciting fishing, historical and cultural sites—or just plain relaxing in a beautiful place, the “Insider’s Guide to the Smith River” is for you.
was originally named the “ Smith River ” by William Byrd II in honor of Alexander Irvine, one of the surveyors of the Virginia-North Carolina dividing line in 1728. Did you know that Philpott Dam was originally built for flood control and the resulting “tail-race” river provided the incredible trout fishery and paddling opportunities that can be enjoyed on the river today? Evidence of Native Americans river use can even be observed in the fish weirs like the Martinsville Fish Dam, one of the oldest man-made structures in Irvine River . Henry County
So grab a guide and plan your Adventure in the
The "Insider’s Guide to the Dan River in North Carolina and Virginia" is now available as follows the Dan for 125 miles from Southern Virginia though north central North Carolina, ending in Caswell County, NC.