Kayaking, canoeing & paddleboarding in Smithfield & Isle of Wight County.

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Boasting not one – BUT TWO – roller-style launches, it’s easy to explore the rich rivers, creeks, marshes, and wetlands of Smithfield and Isle of Wight County.

Nike Park now offers a brand new kayak launch FREE to the public and open during the park’s regular hours (8 a.m. until dark). The launch puts you into the natural beauty and twists & turns of Jones Creek, eventually connecting with the James River. Nike Park is located at 13036 Nike Park Road in Carrollton and is maintained by Isle of Wight County Parks and Recreation. The Parks and Rec folks would like to reminds users to please take into consideration how long it will take to get back to the launch and load up because everyone must vacate the park by 8 p.m.

The Grand Opening for the launch will be celebrated onsite on Friday, September 1 at 10 a.m. The public is invited!

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If you’re looking for an Outfitters to rent kayaks or SUP’s, Windsor Castle Park offers seasonal rentals available every Saturday & Sunday through October 1st from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Last rentals out at 5 p.m.). Reservations are not required but are suggested. There are three ways to make reservations:

Single Kayaks and Paddleboards are just $10 per hour. Tandem (2 person) kayaks are $20 per person. Rental fee includes paddles and personal flotation device. Please note that no cash is accepted on site – you must pay with a credit card!

Rentals are also available during the week with reservations made 24 hours in advance. The outfitters will also be open  on Friday and Mondays of certain holiday weekends if reservations are made. Check the website for availability.

For further information go to WindsorCastlePark.com.