Blue Ridge Mountains memorable fishing location

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Long known for an abundance of scenic beauty and a variety of outdoor recreation, Southwest Virginia also offers a memorable angling experience for fishing enthusiasts of all ages. Showcasing 18 premier fishing locations in a four-county area (Grayson, Smyth, Washington, and Wythe), the Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail brings together some of the most interesting locations for successful fishing experiences that Virginia has to offer.

With the backdrop of the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, anglers can experience the serene relaxation that the sport is known for. From small creeks to large lakes and rivers, you’ll find a variety of fishing opportunities available for all skill levels of anglers. Smallmouth bass, walleye, catfish, musky, many types of trout, and other species can all be found in the waters of Southwest Virginia. Those who enjoy fly fishing will be especially pleased with the opportunities found in these waters. Hundreds of thousands of acres of state and national parks, forests, and nature preserves are just waiting to be discovered and explored.

Locations that are especially popular with anglers include the multiple state parks around found in the region, such as Grayson Highlands, Hungry Mother, and New River Trail, which offer a variety of water activities. The North Fork and the South Fork of the Holston River are premier fly fishing locations. The New River has several access points, and anglers have been known to pull citation catches from these waters. Each county also has several lakes that offer quiet seclusion for your fishing experience.

Combine these locations with a limitless selection of authentic and distinctive things to see and do and you have a memorable getaway for the entire family.

While offering the remote seclusion of a rural location, the area is conveniently located to both I-81 and I-77. Interesting small towns that give a glimpse into the heritage and culture of this distinctive part of Appalachia are easily accessible. Rooted in history as old as this nation, these small communities offer a surprising selection of accommodations, culinary and dining venues, and the arts. Music is the backbone of the Southwest Virginia experience, with a strong presence in the form of concerts, jams, and festivals throughout the year. The towns of Marion and Wytheville make excellent hubs to begin your visit to the region.

The fish are waiting. Start your next fishing getaway in Southwest Virginia. For more information regarding how to plan your next memorable angling getaway, visit the trail website at

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