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Cool Waters in Giles County, Va.

From the world-renowned New River to smaller waterways and tributaries, Giles County, Va., is a “Fish Virginia First” destination for anglers of all types.

New River

Considered one of the top smallmouth bass rivers in the country, the 37 miles of the New River that run through the county are a premier freshwater fishing cache. With 17 public and private access points along the New River Water Trail, you can stay on the water all day as you look for bass, muskellunge, walleye, and more. The Water Trail offers access to activities like swimming, rafting, and SUP, and also connects with hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and local lodging and dining options. 

Big and Little Stony Creek

Perfect your fly fishing skills on some of the most well-stocked streams in Virginia. Originating in Jefferson National Forest, Big Stony Creek is a six mile long, freestone stream that hosts an excellent environment for trout to thrive. Cherokee Flats is a popular fishing spot on the creek, and is accessible for wheelchair-bound anglers with a paved trail and metal ramp. Little Stony Creek is a small but notable tributary of Big Stony Creek that yields a great population of wild brook trout. Connect with New River Outdoor Co. and Tangent Outfitters for locally guided fishing trip options and expert advice, so you can make the most out of your visit!

Après Fish

Fill up on local delights at the end of a long day, like beef brisket and hush puppies from Bluegrass BBQ, fresh baked sweets and delicious coffee drinks at Sugar + Flour, a rotating menu and specialty drinks from The Bad Apple, or stone-oven pizza from The Palisades Restaurant. The Lilly Valley Inn is a lodging option just off the New River with scenic mountain and river views, delicious gourmet breakfasts, and easy access to your outdoor adventures. New River Outdoor Co. can offer up their well appointed cabins for your fishing group or next family vacation based along Walker Creek, a tributary of the New River.

Soak up the waters and scenery of Virginia’s Mountain Playground, Giles County, when you plan your next fishing getaway.

Fish Tips!

Head to the New River to break some records! Current Virginia state records that have been caught in the New River include muskellunge (45 lbs. 8 oz.), smallmouth bass (8 lbs. 1 oz.), and walleye (15 lbs. 15 oz.).

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