Tucked away and secluded on the Pagan River in Smithfield, Virginia, the Smithfield Station Marina is a serene refuge from the Chesapeake Bay and was recently recognized as the Best Resort Marina by Chesapeake Bay Magazine, for six consecutive years in a row! Additionally, the Smithfield Station Marina was also recognized as the Best Marina for Natural Environment, Best Dockmasters, and Best Dockside Bar!
Wonderful place to visit and knowledgeable dock hand. Also enjoyed a very nice meal at their restaurant and a wonderful walk the following day around the park and town.
My go-to marina for a weekend when we have company on board. First class bath house and swimming pool immediately adjacent to the docks. Excellent restaurant on site. Beautiful park for walking directly across the street. Wonderful Victorian style homes to see on the short walk into town. Town has a little museum with the “oldest” smoked ham and oldest peanut known to man, a number of good restaurants and many shops to browse. Plus, the Smithfield Station owners frequently are the guys grabbing your dock lines and welcoming you to the marina. Nice touch.
Before I left my home marina, tried for two days to contact the dockmaster to check on conditions in the Pagan river. Never got my call returned. When I arrived, did not know slip assignment. Could not reach anyone on VHF. Called marina on cell phone, and the desk agents had not idea where I was to go. Fortunately, I had been there before, and picked a slot. The first power pedestal I picked, the circuit breaker tripped three times in two hours, so I had to move the power. When I checked in, I had to ask for a marina information sheet. i was kind of left alone to do my thing. Not a particularly professional approach. May or may not ever go back.
The Pack family are awesome!
The marina is nice but there wasn't any access to breakfast, snacks or drinks. We went to the 3rd floor of the main hotel just to get a soda from vending. Dinner at Smithfield Station was very nice.
We spent several days at the Smithfield Station marina. As always, it was a wonderful experience. This was our third visit there, and we have visited in three different boats. The marina staff is both friendly and competent. The dockmaster was at hand quickly to assist with our arrival at the dock and ready to provide information about their expansive facilities and the beautiful historic town of Smithfield, which is a short walk away. Everyone with whom we had reason to interact was warm, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The restaurant is immediately adjacent to the marina and offered both indoor and outdoor dining options. We chose to sit outdoors on a lovely porch at a covered table with fans nearby. All staff were masked and attentive. We had intended a one-day stay, but storms blew in, and we stayed over. We enjoyed every minute!
Great support team at Smithfield Station! Thank you Brian for all your help. We will be back.
Staff very helpful getting into slip with the strong current. Great place to wait out Hurricane. Restaurant on site. Lovely park with trails across the street and a short walk to historic downtown.
Great facility. Bathrooms very spacious, spotless, all ceramic tiled like-new condition. Very large showers. Nice pool dockside. Restaurant very good quality food and service. Marina staff very helpful with docking (current can be strong). Historic Smithfield very interesting - had a walking tour (group at $5 per person). This is a great getaway. Although fuel is fairly close at Brown's Marina, it would have been a plus to have fuel at Smithfield Station marina.
Great facility. A very friendly, clean facility. With a wonderful restaurant.
Great Marina, Beautiful town, and friendly people. My wife and i try to stay here once or twice a year, very peaceful place. Make sure to follow the channel coming in, stay close to markers
It is a pretty little marina, peaceful and picturesque.....the Pagan River is awesome and if you have a dinghy you can explore for miles in deep water as it winds and around every curve is a great blue heron, egrets, osprey..... The restaurant here is wonderful and everything clean and tidy
Stayed one night at Smithfield Station. As always, a very nice place to stay. Friendly staff and nice small marine.
Very nice Marina close to town with marsh views. Opposite the Windsor Castle Park which is excellent for a variety of trails suitable for a run or walk through the Marsh Land and woods. Also has kayaks for rent. Town is charming. Food is nothing special at both the “highly rated” Marina restaurant and the brewery in town. But this is well worth a visit. Only irritant was a party with a band going on at the pool on the Saturday night, up to 11am, which was quite loud and next to where we tied up. We would rather have had a string quartet! Watch out for the James River Bridge which you pass to get there. It has clearance of only 60ft and if your a sailboat with a higher mast you have to call ahead a couple of hours (757-247-2133), to schedule a raise. The bridge tender is very friendly and is happy to accommodate. We will be back!
Both times we've stayed at Smithfield Station we were met by one of the owners who expertly tied us to floating face dock, then told us what we needed to know about the marina and Smithfield. Lovely area with friendly residents. Marina was clean, protected and quiet.
Have visited here a few times. Great destination on the Pagan River, off of the James. Great restaurant, small pool, and clean restrooms/shower. Very nice floating docks, and dock master Brian Pack always ready to lend a hand. Easy walk to historic downtown Smithfield and Windsor Castle Park. Mind the depths along the Pagan River, and make sure you have enough water.
Fantastic accommodation and help with Docking Etc
Friendly accommodating staff. Well run facility with fantastic views of the Pagan River and bordering marshland.
Beautiful marina. Great location. Outstanding service. Only improvement needed is the WiFi signal almost never worked on the docks.
Dock master was very nice. Channel was deep and well marked. Facilities were excellent. Highly recommend.
This is a beautiful marina. I lived across the water and got to see the blazing flame licked look to the waters at sunset, the reflections of boat lights (especially when fully rigged for parade) on glassy clear water at dusk, the sounds of diesels chugging along in and out echo across the water like fog caressing the ground, and the wild life was amazing. Ducks, geese, fish, crab, crayfish, deer and more. Stunning vista but I moved away to Texas. The only downer was the light house at Smithfield Station. The room was amazing and beautiful, but the hot tub controls were shot and we had to sit in hot water till it cooled off, and no bubbles. Hope they fixed it by now. The food on the other hand is to die for. So delicious, alluring, soothing, tasty! Mmm.