Smith River has strong and challenging waters (Class II), especially when water is released from the Philpott Dam. It is perhaps the best option for play waves in southern Virginia during the late summer.
There are almost 12 miles to float. Put-in at the base of Philpott Dam and take-outs placed about every 6 miles downstream.
This is a quite scenic route as well. Check out the fog that forms on warm, humid days as the cold water reacts with the air. There are times when you can’t see 30 feet in front of your boat. It makes a totally unique paddling experience in Virginia.
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