Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, United States
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Smith Mountain Lake Information

About Smith Mountain Lake

In Roanoke Virginia, Smith Mountain Lake can be found among the Blue Ridge Mountains. With hundreds of miles of shoreline, spend your days on the lake boating, swimming, or trying out water-sports. The lake is all about family fun, and whether you’re after some much needed relaxation, or are looking for an adventure, you’ve come to the right place.

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Things to do in Smith Mountain Lake

In Smith Mountain Lake, boating, water skiing, canoeing, jet-skiing, and sailing are the name of the game. Fishing for striped bass and many other species’ is also a prized sport. A number of free public boat launching sites can be found to get you into the water. Smith Mountain Lake boat rentals can get you started, or you can take a ride on the Virginia Dare, a 19th century paddlewheel for a two hour cruise on the lake. You can also set up camp nearby! Golf courses such as Mariner’s Landing, Sycamore Ridge and The Westlake are open almost all year round, and make for a great day away from the lake. The Brooks Mill Winery and the Sunken City Brewing Company also let you taste wine and beer made right there in Virginia. Find shops and restaurants around and near the lake, some with water-front views so you can watch the sunset in style! The Smith Mountain Lake State Park has miles of hiking trails also for you to explore.

Day trips from Smith Mountain Lake

Roanoke city is just an hour away from Smith Mountain Lake. The city might make for a welcome change of pace from your lake holiday. Go into town for the evening, or the whole day to check out the Roanoke Star at the Blue Ridge Mountains! Visit the Mill Mountain Zoo, the Tubman Museum of Art, the Lakeside Amusement Park just outside of the city, and Roanoke Mountain for hiking. Lynchburg city is much smaller, and is closer to an hour and a half away from Smith Mountain Lake. The Point of Honor plantation house, now in an urban center, has educational tours which are both interesting and eye-opening. Next, stop by the Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House to learn even more about the area and its rich history.

Smith Mountain Lake accommodations

Tripping has a wide selection of rentals to get you close to the lake. Choose from lakeview or lakefront rentals for some amazing views and convenience. Find the summer home you’ve always wanted for you and your family, where the kids can run around while the whole family gets back to nature. Alternatively, find a secluded lake-house perfect for a couples getaway.

Transportation in Smith Mountain Lake

Driving to Smith Mountain Lake isn’t always easy because of the winding mountain roads, so you need to make sure you find the right route that you’re comfortable with. If you’re flying in, the Smith Mountain Lake Airport lands at the north side of the lake, or there’s Roanoke Virginia Airport which isn’t too far from the lake.

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Vacation Rentals in Smith Mountain Lake

Find the best Smith Mountain Lake vacation rentals on With over 233 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Smith Mountain Lake range from $90 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.

Vacation home rentals found on offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 165 homes in Smith Mountain Lake offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 28 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 223 homes with cable TV.

For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Smith Mountain Lake offers 76 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on

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