Blue Falls at Philpott Lake

Blue Falls is located on the north side of Philpott Lake, a 3000 acre lake with 100 miles of shoreline nestled among the rolling foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The lake’s clear water and natural shoreline make it a unique place for visitors to enjoy numerous recreational opportunities

These “bluish tinged” rock cliffs are the historic Blue Falls on the Smith River, now under the lake. In the 1800’s, the falls were the upper limit of Batteau navigation on the Smith River from Ryan’s Branch. The cliffs, are just a short paddle around the point and under the Union Bridge.

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Boating, Canoeing/Kayaking, Lakes & Rivers, LGBT Friendly

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