Unforgettable Paddling Trips in Giles County, Va.

Break out your paddling gear and head to Giles County, Va., to experience the New River Water Trail. One of the oldest rivers in the world, it offers unforgettable paddling trips in Giles County, Virginia, and you’ll float past awe-inspiring sights, native wildlife, mild rapids, and more.

Paddling Trips in Giles County
Castle Rock on the New River in Giles County, Virginia, photo by Sam Dean

With 37 miles flowing through southwest Virginia, you can customize your trip length on the New River. Ingles Landing to Pembroke is a six-mile float past towering cliffs, including the historic Palisades Cliffs, class I and II rapids, and excellent smallmouth fly fishing spots. Pembroke to Ripplemead is a shorter excursion at 2.5 miles but no less beautiful. Beginners and families will love the section from Narrows to Glen Lyn for its calm waters and big islands dotting the course while experts will enjoy paddling Ripplemead to Hale’s Landing for 8.5 miles of whitewater.

If you don’t have your own gear, several local outfitters have you covered while you’re in town. New River Outdoor Company, New River’s Edge, and Tangent Outfitters offer a variety of kayak, canoe, standup paddleboard, and tube rentals in addition to shuttles, fishing trips, mountain bikes, and cabins. 

As your playground in Virginia’s mountains, Giles County and the New River Water Trail invite you to experience the magic for yourself this year.


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