Recreational Activities Along The Tye River

Tye River is a river in Virginia, a tributary of the James River. Despite being only 35.4 mile long, it offers plenty of possibilities for spending a vacation and enjoying plenty of activities. The Tye River was the center of one of the worst natural disasters in Virginia, which was a consequence of Hurricane Camilla, occurred in 1969. Despite great damage and loss of lives, this area has been renewed and today it represents one of the most popular recreational waterways in Virginia.

The most popular activities along the Tye River are fishing and camping, but certain sections of the river are also attractive for those who enjoy whitewater boating. The nearby Blue Ridge Railway Trail and Appalachian Trail are suitable for those who enjoy hiking, and the wonderful scenery of Tye River Gap and its surroundings attract many campers.


When it comes to fishing, it is certainly the activity which attracts the highest number of people to this area. There are dozens of fish species in the Tye River, including American eels, native mussels, small bass and largemouth bass. Because of such large number of fish species, the fishing season lasts almost all year round: in winter, you can catch the brook trout; springtime and fall are the best for fly fishing, while in summer the water level can sometimes get too low for fishing. In 2007, the dam which was on the river was removed in order to facilitate fish migration, but also to provide easier access for anglers and boaters.

Camping is also very popular activity in this area, since the Tye River is surrounded by wonderful scenery and it enables the visitors to enjoy nature. There are several campgrounds where you can put up a tent, park an RV or rent a cabin, depending on your preferences.

The Tye River provides great experience for those who enjoy whitewater boating with kayaks and canoes, since the rapids on this river are rated from Class I to Class II+. On some parts of the river, the rapids even approach Class III, which brings an additional dose of danger and adrenaline while boating. Because of such features of rapids, whitewater boating is also a very common activity on Tye River.

Hiking is also one of very common activities along the Tye River and in the Tye River Gap. The longest part of Appalachian Trail goes through Virginia, and a part of the trail goes through the area of Tye River, providing wonderful scenery and view for every hiker. There is also a Blue Ridge Railway Trail, built on the former Blue Ridge Railway. It used to be a railway used for transferring lumber and minerals mined near the river, but the railway was abandoned in the 1980s. Today it is a recreational trail used for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Blue Ridge Railway Trail is 7 miles long, and it is planned to connect the James River with the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail.

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