The riverfront at Explore Park is a great place for fishing, getting in and on the water, and photography. In warm weather, you’ll be drawn to the new tubing rentals available each weekend through Blue Mountain Adventures. Ages 7 and older are permitted for rentals. There are also paddling trips offered through Roanoke Mountain Adventures.
Those toting their own boat can launch from the Rutrough Point Boat Launch (Point #16 on the Roanoke River Blueway Map), which is “the furthest navigable point on the Roanoke River before you encounter rapids.” Plan to pay $3 at the drop post for parking.
The Roanoke River flows seven miles to Hardy Bridge at Smith Mountain Lake.