A Guide to 18 Premier Fishing Destinations
within a Four County Region of Southwest Virginia:
Grayson • Smyth • Washington • Wythe
© 2013 Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail
Photo Credits: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Barry Loupe, Mike Jones, Melodi Love
Rivers and Streams
One of state’s largest and most beautiful wild trout streams, seven miles are stocked trout waters on private and public lands with an additional five miles of special regulation waters flowing through the Mount Rogers National Recreational Area. The special regulation sections are fully accessible recreation facilities with wildlife viewing platforms and streamside wheelchair accessibility.
Good numbers of smallmouth in several sections of the river. Trophy smallmouth bass were collected in most of the sections sampled.
The headwaters of the Middle Fork Holston River are located near the Smyth-Wythe County line. It flows approximately 56 miles then connects with the South Fork Holston River to form South Holston Reservoir. The river has many different sport fish species for all types of anglers.
The South Fork Holston River originates in Smyth County near Sugar Grove, formed by the combination of several coldwater streams. It has DGIF special regulation areas as well as stocked trout sections.
Special Regulation trout streams on Grayson Highlands State Park include Big and Little Wilson Creeks, Quebec Branch, Mill Creek, Wilburn Branch and Cabin Creek.
Big Wilson Creek is surrounded by Mountain Laurel, Rhododendron, mature hardwoods and large rock outcroppings. It is also considered a designated stocked trout water.
The New River is an ancient river system, possibly the oldest on the North American continent and second only to the Nile River in Africa as the oldest river in the world. It offers a variety of fishing opportunities providing real trophy fishing potential as well recreational activities such as floating trips.
Located in the Jefferson National Forest just south of Speedwell, it is a popular fishing destination for native brook trout.
Located in the Crystal Springs Recreation area near the Big Survey Wildlife Management Area just south of the Town of Wytheville, it is a DGIF special regulated trout water.
Part of the New River Trail State Park, offers a variety of fishing opportunities and recreational activities such as camping, hunting, fishing, hiking and horseback riding.