Description - This lovely state park is on the second largest freshwater lake in Virginia. It offers a full range of water-related activities, environmental and recreational opportunities.
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View as seen from Chestnut Ridge Overlook
- Smith Mountain Lake offers superb recreational activities, including a variety of water sports such as swimming, fishing, power boating, canoeing, sailing, parasailing, water-skiing and jet skiing. The park totals 1,506 acres with 16 miles of waterfront. Special events include an annual Spring Fling along with an outdoor performance series held throughout the summer months. The lake is known to be especially good for stripe bass late in the season. Smith Mountain Lake State Park is located just minutes off the Blue Ridge Parkway, which features the nearby Peaks of Otter restaurant, trails and lodge.
Recreation - Smith Mountain Lake State Park is a recreation haven offering hiking trails, 50 campsites, lake swimming, huge playground, pine-shaded picnic grove, new cabins, a visitor center and interpretive day and evening programs. In 1999, 20 full-service two and three bedroom cabins were built. The cabins are located on a peninsula with each cabin having its own boat slip. The new cabins are very popular; consequently, early reservations are strongly suggested. Boat rentals are available as well and may be arranged through the park's reservation system. Summer visitors will find a fantastic swimming beach, bathhouse, picnic area, fabulous new playgrounds, handicapped accessible fishing pier and concession area. The park's trail system typically follows the lake allowing for beautiful lake vistas and bird watching. In the fall season, visitors are offered a lottery white-tailed deer hunt. Reservations for this deer hunt may be made through the park's reservation system as well. The three-season campground features nicely wooded campsites with electric and water hookups. However, the bathhouse facilities include non-flush toilets and a cold water shower. A camp store is available in the park office carrying limited camper necessities along with a few souvenirs such as walking sticks, T-shirts, etc.
Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm summers. The Blue Ridge foothills can experience cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping slightly below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The temperature in the foothills of the Blue Ridge range from 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).
The park is on the north shore of Smith Mountain Lake approximately 8 miles south of Huddleston, Virginia on Rt. 626.