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Fries Public Boat Landing


Elevation: 2139 ft.

Until 1988, the Town of Fries was a textile mill town. Driving through town to the boat ramp, visitors will pass dozens of identical white houses and the old red brick factory, as well as the dam that provided the mill with hydropower. The boat ramp provides direct access to the New River and a prime vantage point for the careful observer to see a wealth of wildlife. The river is home to green and great blue herons, which are usually first noticed as they fly over the water. On closer inspection, they are often strategically standing in the shadows. They stand stock-still in order to surprise the crayfish, fish and frogs that might eventually become a meal. A lucky observer can see an osprey or bald eagle as they cruise the river looking for a meal. For those who prefer to stay on land, Riverside Park and New River Trail State Park – Fries are accessed from the same parking lot.


Physical Address: 336 Firehouse Drive, Fries, VA 24333

From Galax, head north on SR-607/Fries Rd, turn left onto SR-721/Fries Rd, slight right onto E. Main St, turn left onto Firehouse Dr, turn left onto Anderson St and follow it to the parking area.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Town of Fries, (276) 744-2231,
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Fries Public Boat Landing (as reported to eBird)

  • Green Heron
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Blue Jay

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Bike Trails
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Boat Ramp