The stars shine brighter in Halifax County, VA

Paddling Tour

Halifax, Va

Imagine a paddling experience unlike any other: More than 100 miles of navigable river, leading to 1,200 miles of beautiful lake shoreline. Unspoiled wilderness and abundant fish and wildlife, just a short drive from major cities. Waterfront camping and no crowds, just minutes from great restaurants, hotels, and outfitters. All along one freshwater trail that’s perfect for a few hours in a canoe with the kids, or a few days in the kayak with your friends.

2 Days

Medium Activity

Day 1

LOVE Signs in Halifax County VA


Begin your day at the Visitor Center for maps, fishing licenses, and dining ideas.


Stop by the Windmill Bakery to pick up bagged lunches for the river trip. This Mennonite bakery features delicious home-baked goods, sandwiches, and soups.
Packhouse Cafe


Start your journey with a hearty home-cooked breakfast at the Packhouse Cafe in the historic town of Halifax.
King's Bridge Landing


Take a six-mile trip downstream for an excellent day of paddling. This part of the Banister River is best experienced during typical low flows, the Dan River Atlas terms “some of the best preserved batteau sluices in Virginia are in the first four miles” of the trip which is not technically demanding or hazardous with occasional Class I rapids. An abundant hardwood canopy along the shoreline provides cool shade in the summer and good habitat for wildlife watching.


Check into your room at the stunning Berry Hill Resort. Enjoy the gracious southern charm of one of the 92 well-appointed guest rooms. Each room is furnished with Italian handcrafted beds and comfortable seating. Ask for a room with a veranda to enjoy the sweeping views of the 650-acre estate. Recharge for a moment and prepare for dinner.


The unpretentious, yet strikingly upscale and genteel vibe will hit you when you walk in the door. Embrace it and prepare for an amazing meal prepared by Chef Steve Schopen. The seasonal menu features many dishes locally sourced and changes weekly. Save room for dessert (and if they are offering the peanut butter ice cream, do yourself a favor and try it. You’ll thank us later). From expertly crafted cocktails to dessert, every step of the dining experience is a treat.

Day 2



Start your day with a cup of coffee and breakfast sandwich before you head back to the waters of Halifax County.
blueway kayak


Consisting of three rivers and two lakes spanning Halifax and Mecklenburg counties, the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway offers a paddling experience unlike anywhere else in the country. Unspoiled terrain and interesting wildlife provide a feeling of wilderness, yet the Blueway is a short drive from major metro areas and has dozens of easy access points. Whether you’re looking for a couple hours on the lake with your family, or a more challenging three-day river trek, the Blueway delivers.

Your Day Two options for paddling are numerous.

Once back on dry land, fortify yourself with libations, appetizers, dinner, or all of the above one of our delicious dining establishments.

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