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Experience the "Land of Lights" in Franklin County
Day Trip to Franklin County Fall Edition
Experience the beauty of nature as you cross Franklin County to experience history, food, and outdoor adventure.
Smith Mountain Lake - Flatwater Paddling
Nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke and Lynchburg, Smith Mountain Lake is an ideal spot for kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding.
7 Ways to Get on the Water at Philpott Lake
Philpott Lake is a natural sanctuary in Southwest Virginia that provides a locals and visitors alike a welcome escape from the everyday workings of modern life.
48 Hours of Adventure
Set in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Franklin County stands out for its rich Appalachian heritage, natural beauty, and laid-back atmosphere. You'll find lots to love among its two lakes, four rivers, and miles of trails to explore.
A Guide to Exploring Philpott Lake
There are a multitude of options for exploring this picturesque paddling destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
How to Go Glamping Near Philpott Lake
There are a multitude of comfortable camping options at what is becoming one of Virginia's favorite summer getaways.
The Unique History of Philpott Lake: A Hidden Gem
Hidden away in the history-steeped foothills along the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Philpott Lake is one of the most breathtaking bodies of water in Virginia and is known as a paddler's paradise.