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Smith Mountain Lake State Park - Hiking

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Located near Roanoke, VA, Smith Mountain Lake State Park offers a diverse range of hiking trails suitable for all levels of experience. From tranquil lakeside paths to rugged mountain ascents, the park provides an array of opportunities for outdoor exploration. The Lake Trail, stretching approximately 1 to 1.5 miles, offers an easy stroll along the water's edge, perfect for families and casual hikers. For a moderate adventure, the Great Oaks Trail winds through forested areas, varying from 2 to 3 miles in length, providing a scenic immersion in nature. The Arrowhead Trail, typically around 2 to 2.5 miles, treats hikers to expansive views of the lake, with moderate terrain suitable for most skill levels. For those seeking a challenge, the Tobacco Run Mountain Trail offers a rewarding ascent of Tobacco Run Mountain, spanning roughly 3 to 4 miles round trip. Families with young children or those seeking a shorter hike can enjoy the Otter's Run Trail, spanning approximately 0.5 to 1 mile. Discover the beauty of Virginia's landscape at Smith Mountain Lake State Park and embark on an unforgettable hiking adventure amidst its natural splendor.

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Directions
  • Directions: The park is on the north shore of Smith Mountain Lake in Bedford County, approximately 40 miles from 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 the park entrance.
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  • Total Number of Rooms: 20
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  • Points of Interest Nearby: Smith Mountain Lake, National D-Day Memorial
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  • Additional Information: Cabins, tent sites, and trailer sites are available. Boat launching is free for overnight guests. During prime season, a day of guarded beach swimming per night's stay is free to overnight guests.
Recreation
  • Additional Information: TRAILS 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. SWIMMING The park’s 500-foot beach is one of two public beaches on the lake. Between the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, guarded beach swimming is available for a fee. FISHING, BOATING 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. Boat rentals (canoes, kayaks, hydrobikes, paddleboats, pontoon boats, ski boats and jet skis) are available at the park from Memorial Day throu
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  • Sports: Swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, paddling
Cabins & Cottages
  • Total Number of Cottages or Cabins: 20