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Upper Blackwater River Blueway

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The Upper Blackwater River Blueway is 35 miles long and has various trip length possibilities. Starting in the headwaters of Cahas Mountain, the Blackwater River continues until it opens into Smith Mountain Lake. This ride is very water dependent run so check the gauges. A highlight of this ride is the section from US 220 to the Farm View Road ford as this section has a series of low Class II water that is a blast for beginner paddlers.

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Directions
  • Directions: The Blackwater River is located in Franklin County, just north of Rocky Mount. There are multiple access points to the river, which also runs under US 220.
Recreation
  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Sports: Fishing, Paddling