Venture out among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Martinsville-Henry County, VA for an amazing outdoor experience. Whether you enjoy life on the water or trekking on land, MHC has everything you need to have “fun in record time!”

Philpott Lake

Philpott Lake, as seen on FLW Outdoors, is a 3,000 acre reservoir located in the northwest corner of Henry County offering a picturesque setting for outdoor enthusiasts. Philpott is home to numerous facilities scattered around the lake such as boat landings, Philpott Marina, campgrounds, picnic areas, beaches, and hiking trails. The lake also offers pleasure boaters and paddlers a variety of places to explore including hidden waterfalls, scenic rock outcrops and three islands. If you enjoy fishing, cast a line in and reel in your next great catch such as smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish and a multitude of other species.

Smith River Trail System

Below Philpott Dam, a 44.5-mile section of the Smith River bisects Henry County as it travels from Philpott Lake down to the North Carolina border. Known as the Smith River Trail System, this network includes the scenic Smith River Blueway with 10 river access points and more than 20 miles of greenway. Travel through history as you explore the Smith River through our local towns, once the heart of furniture and textiles in America. Explore the rock outcrops, rapids, scenery and Native American fish weirs still intact on sections of the river.

There are many more outdoor recreation opportunities throughout Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia. Come and explore them all! Be sure to visit us for the 10th Annual Smith River Fest on Saturday, August 12. You can spend the entire day immersing yourself in all things outdoors in MHC. Best of all, admission is FREE! For more information, go to or call 888.722.3498.

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