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Intersection of Interstates 77 and 81

in Southwest Virginia


You would expect an area that includes the second oldest river in the world to have an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities…and you’d be right. There are plenty of waters to fish in from creeks and ponds, to lakes and rivers and hundreds of acres of forest for traditional hunting or viewing the beautiful scenery, plants, trees, and native animal life. For those who enjoy camping, there are a variety of locations from primitive sites to those with all the conveniences.


The area includes local, state, and national parks that offer recreational experiences for all ages and abilities. Scenic drives are abundant and several back roads drives are noted on the Wythe County map. Many are ideal for the bicyclist or motorcycle rider as well as for those in automobiles. Please be sure to note the speed limits on these roads. These drives can be refreshing alternatives to the interstate experience and a chance to leisurely enjoy some scenery.


Winding through mountains steeped in history, the Big Walker Mountain National Forest Scenic Byway passes through 16 miles of land with year around beauty. Easy accessibility from Interstate 77 makes this an ideal detour on a traveler’s journey. From the glistening frozen tree-tops in winter to the blanket of spring and summer flowers to the breathtaking fall foliage, visitors will find spectacular seasonal views. There is a wealth of camping, hiking, hunting, and picnicking opportunities in the Jefferson National Forest. From Civil War battles to historical figures, stop at the roadside markers and learn more. Numerous hiking trails provide fresh air and interesting plants, flowers, and foliage. The Virginia Birding Trail includes numerous sites on this byway. From easy to moderate to challenging, there are hiking trails for all ages to enjoy. Ranging from under one to five miles, these include Monster Rock Trail, Polecat Trail, Seven Sisters Trail, and Tract Fork Trail.


With miles and miles of activities to choose from, the New River Trail State Park & Historic Shot Tower is a “must-see” on any visit. This 57-mile long trail follows an abandoned railroad bed along the historic New River. Activities include hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, canoeing, tubing, kayaking, fishing, picnicking, and camping.

fishing Wytheville

A valid state fishing license is required to fish Virginia waters.

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Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail logo

Discover some of the best fishing in the state on the Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail. The New River which is ranked in the top 5 best smallmouth bass fisheries in the nation!


 There are two fee fishing areas along the trail, the Clinch Mountain Fee Fishing area and the stocked trout waters along Cripple Creek. The fee fishing areas offer put-and-take trout fishing with the added advantage that trout are stocked several times weekly throughout the season.


Grab your tackle box and get “hooked” on the Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail! or call 877-347-8307 for a free brochure.


Blue Springs Trout Fishing, Exit 60/I81

298 Blue Springs Rd, Rural Retreat, 276-621-4238


Brackens Trout Hatchery, Exit 73/I81 I77

238 Berea Rd, Wytheville, 276-228-7836


Cedar Springs Trout Farm, Exit 60/I81 or Exit 73/I81 I77

749 Trout Farm Rd, Rural Retreat, 276-686-4505


Wytheville Trout Hatchery, Exit 80/I81 I77

1260 Red Hollow Rd, Max Meadows, 276-637-3212




New River Trail State Park

Foster Falls Horse Livery, Exit 24/I-77

Open April – Oct., 9:30am-5pm

176 Orphanage Dr, Foster Falls


Foster Falls Horses/Ponies Livery (Guided Rides)

Enjoy a guided horseback ride along a section of the 57-mile-long New River Trail. Pony rides are also available for the little ones. 276-699-2460,


New River Trail State Park

Foster Falls Boat and Bike Livery, Exit 24/I-77

Open April – Oct., 9:30am-5pm

176 Orphanage Dr, Foster Falls

For avid kayakers and canoeist, the New River offers some of the most pristine waters in North America, ranging in world class kayaking from Class I-IV rapids. Bike, canoe,

tandem kayak, kayak, and float tube rentals and

shuttles and available.276-699-1034,


Cedar Springs Sportsman Lodge Exit 60/I-81

5185 Cedar Springs Road, Rural Retreat


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Wythe County Trailsl Map


Boat Ramp


Horseback Riding



Public Park Area

US Bicycling Route 76

Map Legend:

Rivers and Streams


New River Trail


Light green

denotes public lands

Do not use this map for an official trails’ map.

Trail maps are available at:

Public lands (federal):

Public lands (state):

New River Trail:

Crystal Springs Recreational Area:

Rural Retreat Lake and Campground Trail:

E. Lee Trinkle Visitors Center, 975 Tazewell St., Wytheville

Detailed Trails Brochure Now Available at the Visitor Center

975 Tazewell Street

Wythe County Trails Brochure
Wythe County Seal

Blue numbers correspond to blue map numbers on the map above.


1 Rural Retreat Lake – Located at Rural Retreat Lake Campground, this 90 Acre Fishing Lake (Musky, Channel Catfish, Sunfish, Bass, Crappie and also Trout Fishing Pond). Small pond is stocked with trout year around (bank fishing on trout pond “only”). Can be accessed from Rural Retreat Lake Road (SR 677) to Lake Road (SR 678). Bank and non-motorized boat fishing only.


2 Cripple Creek – Stocked trout fishing and private trophy trout fishing along the sparkling clear Cripple Creek mountain water (Rainbow, Brook, Brown and Golden Trout). Accessed off Cedar Springs Road (SR 612) in Speedwell, VA. Bank and wade fishing only.


3 East/West Fork Dry Run – Native Wild Brook Trout Stream located just south of Speedwell, VA in the Jefferson National Forest. Can be accessed from Rte. 21 and Forest Highway 57. Bank and wade fishing only.


4 Venrick Run – Native Wild Rainbow Trout Stream in the Crystal Springs Recreation area near the Big Survey Wildlife Management Area just south of the Town of Wytheville. Can be accessed from Pump Hollow Lane (SR 684) off Rte. 21 south of Wytheville, VA. Bank and wade fishing only.


5 New River – The river offers class I-IV rapids in certain areas of the River. Available fishing includes Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Musky, Channel Catfish and more. View map for all the boat launching locations. Bank, wading in shallow areas, kayaking, canoeing and motorized boating.

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Wythe County has an abundance of Outdoor Recreational Opportunities for everyone! Wythe County lies in the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded with over 58,000 acres of public lands to hike, bike, horseback ride and motorcycle trail biking. We have over 240 miles of trails, over 20 miles of river frontage on the New River, trophy fishing, a hunting paradise, and scenic views that are breathtaking and pristine. As you look at the Outdoor Recreation Map, notice the Rte. 52 Scenic Byway, the Route 76 U.S. Bike Route, all the wealth of fishing opportunities and hiking possibilities for all interest. Come visit our area for nature, solitude, history and the outdoors which will aim to please any nature enthusiast!

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Wythe County Trailsl Map