Upper Blackwater River Blueway

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Upper-Blackwater-River-BluewayThe Upper Blackwater River Blueway is a 35-mile section with many paddling possibilities. Located about 25 minutes from Downtown Roanoke, this delightful float takes you through the foothills in Franklin County.

Starting in the headwaters of Cahas Mountain, the Blackwater River continues until it terminates in the backwaters of Smith Mountain Lake. The float is a water dependent run so pay attention to gauges. Generally speaking, you need at least 2.3 feet on the Blackwater gauge to make the run enjoyable. Don’t miss the section from U.S. 220 to the Farm View Road ford as this section has a series of low Class II water that is a blast for beginners.

Nearby Breweries

  • Chaos Mountain Brewing Expand Collapse

    Chaos Mountain Brewing is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, in Franklin County.

    The tasting room features a combination of packaged products as well as some small batch brews totaling six to 10 different styles at any time. Chaos Mountain is dedicated to producing the best possible beer from the best available ingredients. From easy drinking session beers to big, intense Belgian style ales, there is something that just about everyone will enjoy.

    One note if you plan to visit the brewery and are coming from 221 Bent Mountain, do not follow GPS over the gap.

    The brewery is open Thursday through Sunday.

  • Hammer & Forge Brewing Co. Expand Collapse

    Hammer & Forge Brewing Company exists as a celebration of the hard workers in every industry! The company brews each beer to honor the dedication of everyday hard working people; individuals who see each new day as an opportunity to improve themselves and the world around them.

    Life is not about the end goal; life is an adventure meant to be enjoyed with the people you love by learning new things and experiencing new places. Our journey just happens to include making great beer!

    Open Thursday through Saturday.

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.

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