- This man-made lake, which stretches for 15 miles through a largely untouched government-owned natural area, is one of the region's top trout and bass fishing lakes. Boating, fishing, swimming and picnic areas available at both Goose Point and Ryan's Branch areas. Goose Point also has public boat launch, camping and hiking.
Note: Goose Point is closed for renovations until atleast mid-October, 2002. Contact the lake at 276-629-2703 for the latest information on re-opening.
Recreation - Fairy Stone State Park is in this area and is known as the home of the rare and mysterious fairy stones. The legend says that fairies lived in this area and when they heard of Christ's crucifixion, they wept and as their tears fell to the earth they crystallized into stone crosses. These stone crosses are still plentiful today and may be found only in Virginia, North Carolina and Switzerland. This park offers camping, cabins, fresh water lake for non-motored boats and swimmers, hiking, biking and horse trails.
Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm summers. The Blue Ridge foothills can experience cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping slightly below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The temperature in the foothills of the Blue Ridge range from 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).
To Goose Point area: I-81, Exit 114 (Christiansburg/Floyd). Turn south on Rt. 8 and follow it about 40 miles to Rt. 57 - turn left on Rt. 57 and follow it for 11 miles to Rt. 822 - turn left on Rt. 822 - go about 4 3/4 miles to Goose Point at end of road. To Ryan's Branch area: I-81, Exit 114 - turn south on Rt. 8 and follow it about 40 miles to Rt. 57 north - turn left onto Rt. 57 north and go 9 miles to SR 623 - turn onto SR 623 and go 5 miles to Dodson, then continue for another 1.5 miles to Ryan's Branch.