Smith Mountain Lake State Park

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Smith Mountain Lake State Park

Virginia

(540) 297-6066

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Things To Do

Overview

Although situated on the second largest body of freshwater in the state, Smith Mountain Lake State Park is not just for water enthusiasts. In addition to a full range of water related activities, including swimming, fishing and boating, the park offers miles of hiking trails, housekeeping cabins, primitive camping, picnicking, a visitor center and interpretive programs.

Map of Smith Mountain Lake (VA)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.092705, -79.592686

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boat rentals (canoes, kayaks, hydrobikes, paddleboats, pontoon boats, ski boats and jet skis) are available at the park from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park concessionaire also rents boats offsite the rest of the year.

  • Camping

    Campsites available for tents, vans, campers and RVs. Full-service bathhouse with hot showers and wash sink for dishes. All sites have a picnic table, fire ring grill and a post for a lantern. A dump station is available free of charge for campers who stay in the park; non-overnight guests must pay a small fee to use the dump station. Electricity and water available at some sites. Cabins and lodges are also available. No weekly rental requirement.

  • Fishing

    Located on Smith Mountain Lake, the park offers ample opportunities for shore and boat fishing. You'll find striped bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish and several other species.

  • Hiking

    There are 13 hiking trails ranging from half a mile to three miles long. Trails meander through the park's various features, including hardwood forests, pine forests, secluded coves and picturesque vistas. They are open year-round during daylight hours.

  • Hunting

    Hunters may reserve the day and, at some sites, a preferred stand or zone. There may be limits to the number of reservations allowed per call. Proof of hunter education certification and required licenses must be presented at check-in.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic area pads have a table and a grill. A water fountain is near the picnic area restrooms. A small picnic shelter, able to accommodate up to 50 people, is also available by reservation on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Water Sports

    The park's 500-foot beach opened in the summer of 1989 and is Smith Mountain Lake's only public swimming beach. The beach can accommodate 1,000 people and is guarded during operating hours. In the summer, swimming is free for overnight guests, however it cannot be guaranteed should circumstances beyond the park's control require that swimming be stopped. No refunds for swimming to overnight guests under any circumstances.

Seasonality/Weather

Camping season is from March 1st through the first Monday of December.

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Directions

Driving

The park is on the north shore of Smith Mountain Lake in Bedford County, approximately 40 miles from both Lynchburg and Roanoke and 140 miles from Richmond. To get there, take U.S. 460 to Route 122 South to Moneta, then go east on Route 608 to White House. Next go south on Route 626 for two miles to park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(540) 297-6066

Weather

(540) 982-2303

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