Things to do
and places to visit.

It is a curiously delightful area where thousands of acres of national forest, wilderness areas and a 22,000-acre lake are the catharsis for an idyllic lifestyle. That lifestyle includes limitless outdoor activities or a serene environment where the shimmering lake is set against the soothing Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.

Smith Mountain Lake offers every type of water sport, including some of the best fishing in the Middle Atlantic. In part due to its excellent water quality, the lake has held state-record-sized striped bass nearing 50 pounds.



Surrounding Area Information


Franklin County
Population 56,159
Tax rate $.48/100
Rocky Mount 16 miles
Dinner theater at Ferrum College, Booker T. Washington National Monument, hospital, shopping and restaurants


Bedford County
Population 68,676
Tax rate $.50/100
Bedford City 16 miles
Hospitals, shopping, convenience stores and restaurants, Peaks of Otter, Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, National D-Day Memorial


Roanoke Metropolitan Area
Population 250,000
30 – 45 minutes from the Lake
Colleges; major shopping centers; airport; restaurants; major hospitals, Carilion Health System, medical Center of Southwestern Virginia; Cultural Center: Center In The Square, Theater, Symphony, Arts and Museums


Lynchburg Metropolitan Area
Population 100,000
Fifty minutes from the Lake
Major shopping center, hospitals, airport


Pittsylvania County
Population 57,800
Chatham 20 miles
Tax rate $.48/100

Annual Area Climate
Four Distinct Seasons
Summer Average 74° F
Water Temp. Avg. 70° F (from May-Oct.)

Surrounding Area Points of Interest:

Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce
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Booker T. Washington National Monument
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George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
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Welcome to Virginia
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Martinsville Speedway
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Lake Cruises on the Virginia Dare
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Smith Mountain Lake State Park
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Fishing Guides
Campers Paradise, 540-297-6109
Virginia Outdoorsman, 540-721-4867


AEP Visitor’s Center at the Dam
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