McCoy Falls is one of the locals’ favorite spots along the New River for everything from leisurely sunbathing to thrilling water sports. The put-in at McCoy Falls was for several years the site of the New River Rodeo, a popular white-water competition that drew quite a crowd. Today, the site is a put-in for beginners of whitewater boating, fishermen (and women) and tubers. The spot also is perfect for splashing around in the New River when the water’s warm enough.
For those without their own river-worthy vessel, the New River Junction, known as “the Junction” to locals, is a family-owned campground and recreational park which offers access to the rushing waters of the ancient New River. Visitors can rent tubes (and a cooler) for the whole family, including your dog, and simply relax as they float down nearly one mile of calm water. For those seeking a bit more adventure, there is an optional 200 yards of exhilarating rapids at the end of the float.
While you’re visiting Montgomery County, be sure to check out Falls Ridge Preserve, part of a rugged ridge along the Roanoke River reaching about 80-feet in height. Enjoy a hike to a serene spring-fed waterfall as small pockets of cascading water lead the way.