Water sports have never known such a home. Nestled in the protective embrace of the mountains, this picturesque lake offers over 20,000 acres of playground for boaters, fishermen, swimmers, skiers, sailors, and water enthusiasts of all ages. The rolling shores are a haven for wildlife and are home to hiking, horseback riding trails, tennis and some of the most beautiful golf courses and resorts in the state.
Visit Smith Mountain Lake State Park, where a boat ramp and beach offer access to one of the Commonwealth’s most beautiful bodies of water. The boat ramp, fishing pier, hiking trails and restroom facilities are open year round. Campsites and cabins are available. The park is open for day use from 8:00 a.m. to dusk daily. Interior gates to the hiking trails and picnic area close at dusk daily. Pets are permitted but must be kept in an enclosed area or on a leash. A fee is charged per pet/night for overnight guests. Smith Mountain Lake State Park, 1235 State Park Road, Huddleston, VA 24104, 540-297-6066. For reservations or more information on any of Virginia State Parks, call 1-800-933-PARK or visit www.dcr.state.va.us.
The Booker T. Washington National Monument
This monument honors the life and legacy of African-American leader Booker T. Washington. Born into slavery on this restored Burroughs tobacco farm in 1856, Washington rose to prominence as an educator, orator and founder of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. This historic site interprets Washington’s life through exhibits, film, a living history farm, guided tours and special events. The park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission to the park is free. The Monument is located at 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway (Virginia 122), approximately 32 miles from Bedford and is a part of the National Park Service. 540-721-2094 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or www.nps.gov/bowa for more information.
For additional information on properties, businesses, vacation rentals, dining and shopping opportunities at the Lake, contact the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber and Visitor Center located at Bridgewater Plaza, Highway 122 just west of the Hale’s Ford Bridge, 540-721-1203, visit www.visitsmithmountainlake.com.
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