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fishing Wytheville

Wythe County has an abundance of Outdoor Recreational Opportunities for everyone! Wythe County lies in the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded with over 58,000 acres of public lands to hike, bike, horseback ride and motorcycle trail biking. We have over 240 miles of trails, over 20 miles of river frontage on the New River, trophy fishing, a hunting paradise, and scenic views that are breathtaking and pristine. As you look at the Outdoor Recreation Map, notice the Rte. 52 Scenic Byway, the Route 76 U.S. Bike Route, all the wealth of fishing opportunities and hiking possibilities for all interest. Come visit our area for nature, solitude, history and the outdoors which will aim to please any nature enthusiast!

A valid state fishing license is required to fish Virginia waters.

fishing Wytheville
Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail logo

Discover some of the best fishing in the state on the Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail. The New River which is ranked in the top 5 best smallmouth bass fisheries in the nation!


 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.


Grab your tackle box and get “hooked” on the Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail! or call 877-347-8307 for a free brochure.



Lick Mountain Excursions

1934 Matney Flats Rd.

Wytheville, VA 24382 $25.00 person / $40.00 per couple Family packages available Open May - Oct., weekends only in August Thurs - Sun 10a-5p, I-81/77, Exit 73.


Bluecat on the New

2800 Wysor Hwy.

Draper, VA 24342


Tours include hiking, waterfalls, wildlife, or fishing on the New River.

I-77, Exit 24



Blue Springs Trout Fishing

298 Blue Springs Road, Rural Retreat, VA 24368

Owner – Ted Baumgardner


Exit 60/I81


Brackens Trout Hatchery

238 Berea Road, Wytheville, VA 24382


Exit 73/I81 I77


Cedar Spring Trout Farm

749 Trout Farm Road, Rural Retreat, VA 24368


Exit 60/I81 or Exit 73/I81 I77


Wytheville Trout Hatchery

1260 Red Hollow Road, Max Meadows, VA 24360


Exit 80/I81 I77

Cedar Springs Fish Farm

749 Trout Farm Road

Rural Retreat, VA 24368


Exit 60/I81 or Exit 71/I81, I77


Cedar Springs Sportsman Lodge

5185 Cedar Springs Road

Rural Retreat, VA 24368


Exit 60/I-81


Hilton’s Catch-Out-Lake

3640 Cedar Springs Road

Rural Retreat, VA 24368


2 acre pond/pay per trout caught

as many as you want to catch

Open weekends only

Exit 60/I81



New River State Park Horse, Bike, Canoe or Kayak Livery Services

176 Orphanage Dr.

Foster Falls, VA 24360

Foster Falls Horses/Ponies Livery (Guided Rides) – Open April  – Oct., 9:30am-5pm

Enjoy a guided horseback ride along

a section of the 57-mile-long New

River Trail. Pony rides are also

available for the little ones.



Foster Falls Boat and Bike Livery

Open April – Oct., 9:30am-5pm

For avid kayakers and canoeist, the New River offers some of the most pristine waters in North American, ranging in world class kayaking from Class I-IV rapids. Shuttles and

Rentals available.


Exit 24/I-77

See Also:


people walking on trail in Wythe County


Wythe County Trailsl Map

A valid state fishing license is required to fish Virginia waters.


Boat Ramp


Horseback Riding



Public Park Area

US Bicycling Route 76

Map Legend:

Rivers and Streams


New River Trail


Light green

denotes public lands

Do not use this map for an official trails’ map.

Trail maps are available at:

Public lands (federal):

Public lands (state):

New River Trail:

Crystal Springs Recreational Area:

Rural Retreat Lake and Campground Trail:

E. Lee Trinkle Visitors Center, 975 Tazewell St., Wytheville

Detailed Trails Brochure Now Available!

at the Visitor Center, 975 Tazewell Street

Wythe County Seal
Wythe County Trails Brochure

Blue numbers correspond to blue map numbers on the map above.


1 Rural Retreat Lake – Located at Rural Retreat Lake Campground, this 90 Acre Fishing Lake (Musky, Channel Catfish, Sunfish, Bass, Crappie and also Trout Fishing Pond). Small pond is stocked with trout year around (bank fishing on trout pond “only”). Can be accessed from Rural Retreat Lake Road (SR 677) to Lake Road (SR 678). Bank and non-motorized boat fishing only.


2 Cripple Creek – Stocked trout fishing and private trophy trout fishing along the sparkling clear Cripple Creek mountain water (Rainbow, Brook, Brown and Golden Trout). Accessed off Cedar Springs Road (SR 612) in Speedwell, VA. Bank and wade fishing only.


3 East/West Fork Dry Run – Native Wild Brook Trout Stream located just south of Speedwell, VA in the Jefferson National Forest. Can be accessed from Rte. 21 and Forest Highway 57. Bank and wade fishing only.


4 Venrick Run – Native Wild Rainbow Trout Stream in the Crystal Springs Recreation area near the Big Survey Wildlife Management Area just south of the Town of Wytheville. Can be accessed from Pump Hollow Lane (SR 684) off Rte. 21 south of Wytheville, VA. Bank and wade fishing only.


5 New River – The river offers class I-IV rapids in certain areas of the River. Available fishing includes Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Musky, Channel Catfish and more. View map for all the boat launching locations. Bank, wading in shallow areas, kayaking, canoeing and motorized boating.