Welcome to

The Blue Ridge

Highlands Fishing Trail

Along the trail you will find some of the best fishing in the state such as Whitetop Laurel Creek, which is one of Virginia’s largest and most beautiful trout streams. In Wythe and Grayson counties, you’ll find the New River which is ranked in the top 5 best smallmouth bass fisheries in the nation!


The South Fork of the Holston River in Smyth County features two special regulation areas that help make the stream one of the premier trout fisheries in the Commonwealth.


There are two fee fishing areas along the trail, the Clinch Mountain Fee Fishing area and the stocked trout waters along Cripple Creek. The fee fishing areas offer put-and-take trout fishing with the added advantage that trout are stocked several times weekly throughout the season.


If lake fishing is more your style, you are in luck! South Holston Lake is a 7,580-acre impoundment operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Much of the reservoir is in Tennessee, but the Washington County Virginia portion of the reservoir offers anglers more than 1,600 surface acres of water.


Another lake fishing destination is Hungry Mother Lake which is located within Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia. Hungry Mother Lake is a really peaceful place to spend an afternoon, a weekend or your entire vacation. The countless Virginia State Park amenities make it a great family destination.


Grab your tackle box and get “hooked” on the Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail by ordering a free guide today

A Guide to 18 Premier Fishing Destinations

within a Four County Region of Southwest Virginia:


 Grayson • Smyth • Washington • Wythe

Trout Schedules

Brown trout from south fork

of the Holston River.

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© 2013 Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail

Photo Credits: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Barry Loupe, Mike Jones, Melodi Love