Explore a wild blueway in Southern Va.

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Combine three rivers, two lakes, dozens of easy access points, and unspoiled terrain with a location that’s easy to reach and you have the Southern Virginia Blueway. You can spend a day on a lake with the family or challenge the water on a three-day river trek.

The blueway’s three rivers comprise 100 miles of navigable water, 80 miles of which are designated as scenic river, and pass through both historic waterfront towns and undeveloped scenic areas. Fishing is exceptional, especially along the Staunton (or Roanoke) River, known as a prime spot for inland stripers.

Food and accommodations are nearby. In South Boston, restaurants, supplies, and even an arts venue are all within walking distance of the blueway.

Kerr Lake (also known as Buggs Island Lake) and Lake Gaston combine for 1,200 miles of shoreline, much of which is public undeveloped land on the Virginia side. (The lakes are on the Virginia-North Carolina border.)

The combination river and flatwater that make up the Southern Virginia Blueway create an experience different from typical river-only blueways.

You’ll find lists of outfitters and accommodations at sovawildblueway.com.

Learn more

Halifax Co. Tourism: gohalifaxva.com

Mecklenburg Co. Tourism: visitmeckva.com

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