Paddling for All in Giles County, Va.

For 37 miles, the New River Water Trail flows through Giles County, offering spectacular sights in Virginia’s Mountain Playground. Paddling one of the oldest rivers in the world, you’ll have the opportunity to take in towering cliffs and a variety of wildlife.

Starting at Ingles Landing, paddle six miles to Pembroke as you float past the historic Palisades Cliffs, plus several class I and II riffles ideal for boaters and anglers alike. Pembroke to Ripplemead is a short 2.5-mile paddle with a number of islands that make for a perfect picnic spot. Experienced paddlers will enjoy the rapids on the way from Ripplemead to Hale’s Landing, including an opportunity to surf the wave at Clendenin Shoals, while beginners will love the calm float from Narrows to Glen Lyn.

While you’re in the area, stop by one of the local outdoor shops for gear rentals and apparel for a day on the water. The helpful folks at Tangent Outfitters, New River’s Edge, and New River Outdoor Company will ensure you make memories to last a lifetime. When you’re done on the water, head to one of the locally owned restaurants nearby and settle in for a night at your campground or cabin.

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