Smith Mountain Lake - Water Sports

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Discover unparalleled water sports opportunities at Smith Mountain Lake, nestled near Roanoke, VA, amidst the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. This expansive lake, boasting over 500 miles of pristine shoreline, offers an extensive range of activities to cater to every aquatic enthusiast's desires. Thrill-seekers will relish the opportunity to water ski and wakeboard across the lake's glassy surface, propelled by the gentle breezes and surrounded by panoramic mountain vistas. Experienced riders can carve through the water with skill and precision, while beginners can take advantage of designated areas and rental facilities to learn and hone their craft. Kayakers and canoeists will delight in exploring the lake's myriad nooks and crannies, paddling along tranquil shorelines, and discovering hidden coves teeming with wildlife. Stand-up paddleboarding offers a unique perspective, allowing adventurers to glide effortlessly across the water while soaking in the breathtaking scenery. Adrenaline junkies can satisfy their need for speed with jet skiing and tubing, zooming across the lake's surface and bouncing over waves in an exhilarating display of aquatic prowess. For those seeking a more leisurely experience, sailing provides a serene and immersive way to enjoy the lake's beauty, harnessing the power of the wind to glide gracefully across its shimmering waters. With its diverse range of water sports opportunities and stunning natural surroundings, Smith Mountain Lake stands as a premier destination for aquatic adventures in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge region.

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  • Directions: Smith Mountain Lake is southeast of downtown Roanoke and can be reached from multiple directions. Visitors can take Route 24 east through Vinton to reach the lake, Route 116 south over Windy Gap Mountain to Route 122 to the lake, or south on US 220 to Rocky Mount and then Route 40 east to the lake.
  • Major Access Routes: Hwy. 122, Rt. 24, Rt. 40
  • Friday Hours: Open
  • Monday Hours: Open
  • Saturday Hours: Open
  • Sports: Fishing, Boating, Water Sports, Hiking
  • Sunday Hours: Open
  • Thursday Hours: Open
  • Tuesday Hours: Open
  • Wednesday Hours: Open