Pigg River Blueway

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The Pigg River Blueway makes for a relaxing float in Franklin County. This Class I water is great for a nice fishing float or a leisure canoe trip with the family.

Starting at the 500 acre Waid Recreation Area, this eight mile float takes you through the rolling countryside south of Franklin County. The float takes about four to five hours to complete, making it the perfect weekend activity. The take-out is in Lynch Park, a 3-mile shuttle for your vehicle.

You will want to check water levels before attempting this float. Generally speaking, if the Blackwater gauge shows 2.3 feet, the river will be at the perfect level.

Nearby Wineries

  • Brooks Mill Winery Expand Collapse

    Brooks Mill Winery is a small farm fruit winery operated by H.T. and Rhonda Page near SMith Mountain Lake in Franklin County, Virginia. We have been making fruit wine as a hobby for more than 16 years.

    From dry dinner wines to sweet dessert wines, Brooks Mill has a wine for you. The winery also has several award-winning wines, including the popular Blackberry (Fingerlakes Wine Competition bronze medal), Blueberry (Fingerlakes Wine Competition gold medal), and Pear dessert wine (Fingerlakes Wine Competition bronze medal).

    The winery also grows blueberries, pears, apples, peaches, and cherries.

    The tasting room is open Thursday through Monday from March to December; call for hours the rest of the year.

Nearby Shopping & Gear

  • Franklin Freewheelers Expand Collapse

    franklin-county-freewheelers-bicycle-clubFranklin Freewheelers, Inc. is a registered non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Virginia in 1998.

    The purpose of the Franklin Freewheelers is to promote and encourage the use of the bicycle for transportation and recreation, to support the rights of cyclists, to provide information on bicycling safety, and to encourage fun and fellowship among cyclists of all ability levels.

    Really, we’re just a bunch of folks who like to ride our bikes – Less meeting, more riding . . . that’s us!

    We have three official meetings a year; a business meeting each winter to elect officers for the new year and discuss any other business that needs to be brought before the club membership for decisions. We have a Spring social in May with rides and a potluck, and a Fall social in October, again with rides and potluck. Additionally, we schedule multiple, hosted club rides in Franklin and surrounding counties throughout the riding season April to November.

    Club members also take part in a wide variety of rides and activities sponsored by other clubs and organizations.

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