Paddling For Polio

The Patrick County Rotary hit the Smith River in a benefit paddle to eradicate polio this past weekend and I got to tag along. Check out these photos from the Smith River Outfitters access to the Great Road access.

Recent rains triggered a warning that flow from the Philpott Dam had been increased and the flow of the Smith River would be 800 CFS, up from 350 CFS. The water would likely be a bit muddy. Paddling was not advised for anyone without experience. So, just hours before the scheduled event, the question was “are you experienced”?

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Getting Out on the Smith River in Martinsville

Check out these photos of a trip down the Smith River from the South Martinsville access to the Smith River Sports Complex!

I have finally gotten on the Smith River.  It’s been on my list for years.  After all, it’s right here.  It’s a beautiful river and I’ve always wanted to get on it but I never could find anyone who knew the river to tell me anything about it.  Like… are there rapids?  Are there falls?  What skill level do you need? Et cetera. (This is not entirely true because there is an outfitter. Read this as I couldn’t get my husband interested in the Smith. He was fixated on the Dan.) Continue reading “Getting Out on the Smith River in Martinsville”