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Feel like a round of golf? How about a hike along a scenic riverway? With our rural setting, the rivers, parks and the marshlands - we celebrate the outdoors in Smithfield and Isle of Wight County!

Whether camping, fishing, sailing, golfing, riding horses, birding, biking or geocaching, there's always something fun to do, so get outside and get some fresh air!

The Visitor's Center has information on water and biking trails and tours.

The Isle of Wight Parks and Recreation Department has more information on all the spots on the following list. Contact them at (757) 357-2291 or visit their website at Activenet3.Active.com/IsleOfWight

 

Family-friendly travel ideas in Smithfield & Isle of Wight County.

 

 

Windsor Castle Park

 

"A Walk in the Park" by Jennifer Lycke

 

Walking bridge to Smithfield Station - Photo by David Williams

 

Located right in the heart of downtown Smithfield, this riverside park features a mountain bike path, woodland trail system, picnic areas, orchard, dog park, kayak and canoe launch, scenic overlook and the Windsor Castle Historic Site.

 

Windsor Castle Park kayak rentals

Extended Season Hours: Sept. 7 through Oct. 13
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Last kayak out at 6:00 p.m. each day

Credit Card transactions only...no cash please!
Rentals are $10 per hour per kayak
2 person kayak is $ 20 per hour
Rental fee includes paddle and personal flotation device
For more information or to make reservations: (757) 359-0846

 

Windsor Castle Park Site Plan

 

 

Golf

 

Cypress Creek Golf Course

600 Cypress Creek Parkway, Smithfield
(757) 365-4774

18 Hole Championship Golf Course, Driving Range, Practice Greens, Club Rentals, PGA Instruction by appointment, Club Repair and Re-grip, Pro Shop and Snack Bar. Nominated by Gold Digest for 'Best New Public Golf Course " in 1999.

 

Boating

 

The Pagan River channel is maintained to a minimum depth of 10 feet, creating ample depth for vessels with 6-foot drafts to navigate.

 

Smithfield Station Restaurant, Waterfront Inn & Marina

415 South Church Street, Smithfield
(757) 357-7700

Smithfield Station was awarded 9 of Chesapeake Bay Magazine's "2010 Best of the Bay" Awards including:

"Best Resort Marin,a""Best Marina for Small Boats" and "Best Marina for Natural Environment."

 

Brown's Marina

10230 Brown's Marina Road, Smithfield
(757) 357-4459

 

Gatling Point Yacht Club

903 Gatling Pointe Parkway, Smithfield
(757) 357-0693

 

Boat Ramps

 

Jones Creek Boat Ramp & Fishing Pier

Boundary Lane, Smithfield
(757) 357-2291

 

Tyler's Beach Boat Ramp

Tyler's Beach Road, Smithfield
(757) 357-2291

 

Boating Supplies

 

Hearn's Bait Barn & General Store

841 Main Street, Smithfield
(757) 357-7164

 

Nautical Decor

409E S. Church St., Smithfield

(Located at the Boardwalk Shops at Smithfield Station Waterfront Inn)
(757) 357-0037

 

Outfitters

 

Pagan River Outfitters

Operating out of Windsor Castle Park & other locations in Isle of Wight County.

Offering kayak rentals, tours and instruction.

(757) 621-9925

 

 

Bicycling

 

 

Smithfield & Isle of Wight County - a bike-friendly community!

We offer miles of riding on country roads of mostly flat and rolling terrain with access to historic venues. Route maps are available to download from the biking page of this website to help you plan a trip appropriate for you or your family's needs.

A bike stand and courtesy locks are available at the Visitor Center.

 

Download bike routes of Smithfield & Isle of Wight County.

 

Downtown Smithfield HAMmer Fest Criterium Bicycle Race

Saturday, April 3 in Downtown Smithfield

A classic "Main Street" Criterium course located just one block off Main Street in Historic Downtown Smithfield.The 0.75 mile course contains 4-corners and small, but steep hill. This is a "must do" race for all levels. Over $2,000.00 in cash and prizes will be awarded!

For further information call (757) 515-5940 or email: vbwheelmen@cox.net.

Details on the HAMmer Fest Criterium

 

Beacons of Hope Relay for Life

"Hope, Hams, History, Hospitality & HeART" Bicycle Tour
Saturday, April 24, registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Beginning in  Smithfield, this beautiful bike ride will take you through the back roads of Isle of Wight and Surry Counties to historic sites. Cap it off with a lunch with friends in Historic Downtown Smithfield and a visit to the Arts Center @ 319. Three circuits to suit all riders of all ages and abilities. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society, so remember family and friends lost to cancer and fight back by "Biking for a Cure!"
Details & Registration Form

Sign up online
For further information email: pat@iwsbeaconsofhope.org

 

Carrollton Nike Park

Located just outside Smithfield off of Route 32
13036 Nike Park Road, Carrollton
(757) 357-2291

This park features a 2.5 mile wooded mountain bike trail as well as softball and soccer fields, basketball and volleyball courts, tennis courts, picnic areas, a fishing pier, nature trails, skate park, playground, senior center, recreation hall and mulit-purpose room.

 

Windsor Castle Park

310 Jericho Road, Downtown Smithfield
(757) 356-9939

Although bikes are not permitted on the walking trails in Windsor Castle Park, there is a challenging mountain bike path in the park. The entrance to the trail is beside the dog park.

Windsor Castle Park Site Plan

 

Park to Park Trail

The Town of Smithfield and Isle of Wight County are in the process of building and financing the bike/pedestrian Park to Park Trail.  This 5 mile off road path will connect the new Windsor Castle Park with Nike District Park. This will serve to connect more than 10 miles of trails, through communities/neighborhoods, shopping facilities and Smithfield’s Historic Downtown District.

 

East Coast Greenway

Smithfield & Isle of Wight County are proud to have been selected as part of the East Coast Greenway (ECG), a trail system linking 3,000 miles of bike/pedestrian trails across sixteen states.  The ECG has included the county in its trail connecting the Historic Triangle (Williamsburg/Jamestown/Yorktown) with the Great Dismal Swamp Canal Trail. Maps of the ECG’s Virginia Trail will be published this spring and Smithfield is currently working on establishing its “trail town” status as one of the bike-friendly towns along the route.

 

Nike Park to Fort Boykin & Return Bike Route

A map of the route is available at the visitor center.

 

 

 

Fishing & Hunting

 

The Pagan and Blackwater Rivers and the Jones and Cypress Creeks

provide a bounty of fishing opportunities.

 

Farmer's Service

865 Main Street, Smithfield
(757) 357-4367

Fresh and salt water licenses are required in Virginia and may be purchased here.

 

Hearn's Bait Barn & General Store

841 Main Street, Smithfield
(757) 357-7164.

A good source for bait and tackle.

 

Clontz Park

400 North Church Street, Smithfield
(757) 357-2291

A gorgeous boardwalk on the Pagan River, perfect for fishing.

 

Jones Creek Boat Ramp & Fishing Pier

Boundary Lane, Smithfield
(757) 357-2291

 

See also...Carrollton Nike Park, Ragged Island Wildlife Refuge & Butler Campgrounds.

 

Sportman's Hunting Preserve

9060 Farmland Road , Carrsville
(757) 620-4184

Upland bird hunting at its finest, morning and afternoon hunts, the option to use your own dogs or guided hunts with our dogs. Physically challenged guests are always welcome. Lunch available upon request

 

 

Horseback Riding & Carriage Service

 

 

Amazing Grace Stable

21383 Titus Creek Drive, Carrollton
(757) 357-7471

Riding instruction, dressage and jumping, shows held at various times.

 

Smithfield Horse & Carriage Company

P. O. Box 65560, Virginia Beach, VA 23467
(757) 635-9963

Carriage Service for all occasions.

 

Mill Swamp Indian Horse Farm

13644 Bethany Church Road, Smithfield, VA 23430
msindianhorses@aol.com

For something totally unique, arrange a visit to the Mill Swamp Indian Horse Farm where the nearly extinct Corolla Spanish mustangs from the Outer Banks are bred. Watch as the wild horses and colts are “gentled” by the trainers and riders there. Schedule a tour or check the website for one of their special programs coming up in the spring.

 

 

Eco-Cruise

 

Take an Eco-Cruise with Riverkeeper Jeff Turner

The Blackwater River has recently been designated a Scenic River by the State of Virginia. the BNRP (Blackwater Nottaway Riverkeeper Program) offers Eco-Cruises on the rivers for a first-hand educational experience. Spend the day paddling through tupelo and bald cypress with Riverkeeper Jeff Turner.

Jeff Turner, founder and director of the Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program has received the prestigious 2011 Community Impact Award in the Environmental category from Hampton Roads public television station WHRO and Dominion Virginia Power.

 

Parks

Most parks are open from dawn until dusk.

 

 

Windsor Castle Park

Located right in the heart of downtown Smithfield, this riverside park features a mountain bike path, woodland trail system, picnic areas, orchard, dog park, kayak and canoe launch, scenic overlook and the Windsor Castle Historic Site.

 

Camptown Park

33457 Carver Road, Franklin
(757) 569-9810

Community center, tennis courts, basketball courts, playground, picnic shelter, softball field and soccer fields

 

Carrollton Nike Park

Located just outside Smithfield off of Route 32
13036 Nike Park Road, Carrollton
(757) 357-2291

Softball and soccer fields, basketball and volleyball courts, tennis courts, picnic areas, a fishing pier, nature and mountain bike trails, skate park, playground, senior center, recreation hall and multi-purpose room.

 

Fort Boykin Historic Park

7410 Fort Boykin Trail, Isle of Wight
(757) 357-5182

Situated high on the bluffs of the James River, a beautiful natural setting with a secluded beach, about six miles west of Smithfield.

 

Heritage Park & Joel C. Bradshaw Fairgrounds

21311 Courthouse Highway, Windsor
(757) 357-2291

A 26 acre property - home of the County Fair, historic re-enactments and other outdoor events.

 

Ragged Island Wildlife Refuge

12527 Carrollton Blvd., Carrollton
(757) 357-2291

A beautifully natural wildlife refuge located near the James River Bridge, making it an excellent spot for fishing in the James.

 

Riverview Park

255 James Street, Smithfield
(757) 357-2291

Basketball & tennis courts, baseball & softball fields, game area, restrooms, shelter with tables, gazebo, playground, exercise court & trail, fenced tot lot.

 

Robinson Park

Church Street, WIndsor
(757) 357-2291

This public park near the WIndsor High School has a large play area for children.

 

 

Roller Skating & Skateboarding

 

 

 

Smithfield Skate

200 Wimbledon Lane, Smithfield
(757) 357-0607

 

Isle of Wight/Franklin Skating Rink

32510 Walters Highway, Franklin
(757) 562-6064

 

Skate Park at Nike Park

Located just outside Smithfield off of Route 32
13036 Nike Park Road, Carrollton
(757) 357-2291

A must for skateboarders! Located in Nike Park. Hours vary pending time of year. Helmets required for all skateboarders - under 18 must also have elbow pads and knee pads. Call for specifics, rules and regulations.

 

Camping

 

 

Big Bear Family Campground

7651 Whispering Pines Trail, Windsor
(757) 357-7211

Off of Route 258, featuring full hookups, and a boathouse. Open year-round.

 

Butler Campgrounds

15566 Woodland Drive, Windsor
(757) 357-3770

Tent camping and fishing. Full hookups available, boathouse available March through November.

 

Birding

 

 

Smithfield & Isle of Wight County is at the southern end of the northern migration pattern and at the northern end of the southern and therefore attracts a rich diversity of species and great birding opportunities.

 

Birding Information & Opportunities in Smithfield & Isle of Wight County

 

 

Other Recreational Opportunities & Services

 

Luter Family YMCA

259 James Street, Smithfield
(757) 365-4060

Wellness Center, indoor swimming pool, full gymnasium, Teen Center, computer lab, group exercise studio, multipurpose room

Public tennis courts.

 

Growing in Grace Yoga Studio

1812 S. Church Street, Suite A, Smithfield
(757) 962-9278

Drop-ins welcome!

 

EnCore Pilates & Physical Therapy

337 Main Street, Smithfield
(757) 408-4068

Pilates, Physical Therapy, Massages & Tai Chi

MASSAGES & private Pilates & PT sessions available for visitors. Call for appointment.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Smithfield & Isle of Wight CVB Staff:

Judy Hare Winslow, Director of Tourism

Lois Chapman Tokarz, Marketing & Public Relations Manager

Terry Rhinier, Event Coordinator

Deborah Marshall, Visitor Center Manager

Kathy Mountjoy, Group Tour Coordinator

Cheryl Ketcham , Farmer's Market Manager

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