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Aquatic Adventures in Franklin County, VA

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From leisurely kayaking and paddleboarding adventures on serene lakes to gentle tubing trips down winding rivers, Franklin County offers a perfect playground where every splash promises an unforgettable experience for newcomers and seasoned adventurers alike.

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Beginner Friendly Floats

Discover the Blackwater River Blueway, where you can enjoy a serene 8-mile float from Brubaker Park to the picturesque intersection of Jamestown Road and Blue Bend Road. For those seeking a longer adventure, a scenic 34-mile float awaits from Brubaker Park to the shores of Smith Mountain Lake. Whether you’re drifting lazily along the river, casting your line for a fishing session, or taking a refreshing swim, soak up the beauty of Franklin County’s natural landscapes.

With its inviting sandy beach and crystal-clear waters, the swimming area and kayak launch at Smith Mountain Lake Community Park provide a welcome respite from the summer heat. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, this charming park offers the perfect escape for water lovers of all ages.

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Philpott Lake is another excellent beginner friendly option, offering flatwater paddling and the perfect setting for kayak bass fishing. The lake is also home to Concerts By Canoe, a free summer concert series at Twin Ridge Recreation Area. The Hotdog Stand serves up all the “fixins” you need for a perfect evening on the water. So, grab your canoe, kayak, SUP, tube, or float and make your way to the ultimate waterside experience.

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Live Like a Local

Embrace the culture of the Blue Ridge and support charming local businesses. Grab some boating gear from Rock Outdoors, or score some vintage gems from ReClaimed, The Painted Trunk, and Old’s Cool. For a sweet treat and live music, head over to Bridgewater Plaza, where you can indulge in ice cream, shop for Lake Wear Clothing, and enjoy the tunes. And speaking of tunes, don’t miss out on live performances at Coves Amphitheater or The Harvester Performance Center. 

For entertainment, Hot Shots Bar & Grill offers karaoke nights and hosts unique bands, plus you can test your skills at miniature golf and axe throwing! For a dose of history, the historic Booker T. Washington National Monument awaits as a unique glimpse into the life of the American Educator. 

From the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains to the serene lake shores, Franklin County offers something special for everyone to enjoy. Book your summer rental early to secure your spot!

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