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Upper Pigg River Blueway

The Upper Pigg River Blueway is a relaxing float in Franklin County (approximately 25 minutes south of Roanoke). This Class I water is great for a nice fishing float or a leisure canoe trip with the family.

Starting at 500 acre Waid Recreation Area, this eight mile float takes you through the rolling countryside south of Franklin County.  As you float, you will pass old homesteads, evidence of the once vibrant iron industry, and numerous small riffles and great fishing holes.  The float takes about four-five hours to complete making it the perfect weekend activity.   The take-out is in Lynch Park - about a three mile shuttle for your vehicle.

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