Philpott Lake

Philpott Lake is overflowing in scenic, natural beauty. Shared by the counties of Franklin, Henry and Patrick, the 3,000-acre reservoir features 100 miles of shoreline, a marina and tournament fishing dock, nine boat launches, eight campgrounds, six beaches, birding and wildlife trails, and more.

The lake offers a multitude of recreational opportunities from swimming, boating and camping to hunting, fishing, hiking and more. It also boasts eight campgrounds, six swim beaches and nine boat launches to help make the experiences of all outdoor enthusiasts memorable.

Within Franklin County’s lake boundaries, enjoy outdoor activities at Salthouse Branch, Horseshoe Point, Twin Ridge, Ryans Branch and Jamison Mill Parks. Philpott Lake is convenient to Highway 220 the Blue Ridge Parkway, and a number of towns and cities including Rocky Mount and Martinsville. Come for the bass and stay to explore the natural beauty of Philpott Lake!

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Fishing

Franklin Outdoors

  • A family owned sporting goods shop offering live bait, hunting and fishing gear including supplies, accessories and licenses. A large selection of products are available in-store and by request.

  • (540) 483-5608
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Twin Ridge Fishing Tournament Facility

  • Ideally located in the center of Philpott Lake, this customized tournament facility features a large T-shaped mooring dock, small courtesy dock, launch/receive dock, 2 lane boat ramp, restrooms, shelters with picnic tables, and parking for up to 80 vehicles with boat trailers. Open year-round.

  • (276) 629-2703
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Lake Activities

Birding & Wildlife Trail at the Philpott Lake Dam and Overlook

  • Explore scenic trail and views. Top spot for brown-headed nuthatch. Pine warbler and yellow-throated warbler easy to find, along with other species. Wildflowers prevalent spring/summer.

    Hours: April-October 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; November-March 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • (276) 629-2703
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Horseshoe Point Park

  • Nestled on the shores of Philpott Lake. The park offers both camping and day-use facilities, family-friendly entertainment, a beach, boat ramp, dock, picnic shelter and on-site playground.

    Open annually, May 1 – September 29.

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Jamison Mill Park

  • Open April 1-October 31. Five campsites – water, electricity. Overflow 4 sites, 6 hilltop sites – without water, electricity. Six miles of interconnecting trails, picnic area, restrooms, showers and more.

    Fees: Primitive sites, $20 per night; sites with electricity, $25 per night.

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Jamison Mill Trail System

  • Features 6 miles of moderate to strenuous, interconnecting multi-use trails for hikers and bicyclists. Trails vary from narrow footpaths to wide fire roads, and include two interpretive stops. They are marked by painted trees that correspond with trail map.

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Philpott Lake Fitness Interpretive Trail (FIT)

  • Combines exercise and fun in 1.5-mile trail. Open year round, includes 20 exercise stations. Constructed primarily to promote healthy living for adventurers of all ages.

Ryans Branch

Salthouse Branch

  • Offers camping and day-use facilities, including 44 family sites with E/W hook-ups, 21 boat-in sites, 46 primitive sites, and 1 group picnic shelter. Features toilets, showers, dump station, beach, boat ramp, dock, playground and amphitheater. Also a 1/2-mile nature loop and 1/2 mile interpretive trail.

    Fees: sites without electricity, $20 per night; sites with electricity, $25 per night.

    2016 Season: March 24 – October 30.

  • (276) 629-2703
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Smith River Blueway

  • Cold water release float from Philpott Dam to Bassett. Put-in locations in Franklin, Henry and Patrick Counties. Strong and challenging currents during water release.

  • (540) 483-9293
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Twin Ridge Recreation Area

  • Ideally located in the center of Philpott Lake, offers numerous recreational opportunities including swimming, picnicking, hiking, biking, wildlife observation, boating and fishing. Open year-round.

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Marinas and Boating

Horseshoe Point Park

  • Nestled on the shores of Philpott Lake. The park offers both camping and day-use facilities, family-friendly entertainment, a beach, boat ramp, dock, picnic shelter and on-site playground.

    Open annually, May 1 – September 29.

  • (276) 629-2703
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Philpott Marina

  • Boat launch site at Ramp #1, group camping site with hook-ups. Offers 42 reserved slips with 24-hour access, short-term slips, fuel, store, restrooms and more.

  • (276) 340-0485
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Twin Ridge Fishing Tournament Facility

  • Ideally located in the center of Philpott Lake, this customized tournament facility features a large T-shaped mooring dock, small courtesy dock, launch/receive dock, 2 lane boat ramp, restrooms, shelters with picnic tables, and parking for up to 80 vehicles with boat trailers. Open year-round.

  • (276) 629-2703
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RV/Camping

Horseshoe Point

  • Offers 49 campsites (15 with E/W, 34 primitive) with toilets, showers and dump station. Features a beach, boat ramp, dock, picnic shelter, on-site playground.

    Fees: $18, sites without water, electricity or $25, waterfront sites, sites with water and electricity; $4, daily use fee per vehicle or $1 walk-in. Kids 12 and under free. Annual pass accepted.

    Open annually, May 1-September 29.

  • (276) 629-2703
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Jamison Mill Park

  • Open April 1-October 31. Five campsites – water, electricity. Overflow 4 sites, 6 hilltop sites – without water, electricity. Six miles of interconnecting trails, picnic area, restrooms, showers and more.

    Fees: Primitive sites, $20 per night; sites with electricity, $25 per night.

  • (276) 629-2703
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Philpott Marina

  • Boat launch site at Ramp #1, group camping site with hook-ups. Offers 42 reserved slips with 24-hour access, short-term slips, fuel, store, restrooms and more.

  • (276) 340-0485
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Salthouse Branch

  • Offers camping and day-use facilities, including 44 family sites with E/W hook-ups, 21 boat-in sites, 46 primitive sites, and 1 group picnic shelter. Features toilets, showers, dump station, beach, boat ramp, dock, playground and amphitheater. Also a 1/2-mile nature loop and 1/2 mile interpretive trail.

    Fees: sites without electricity, $20 per night; sites with electricity, $25 per night.

    2016 Season: March 24 – October 30.

  • (276) 629-2703
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