The Best Kept Secret in Virginia – Smith Mountain Lake



“At Smith Mountain Lake, you’ll find wonderful places and people. Our area’s great natural beauty–from the waters and woods to the Blue Ridge Mountains–is the perfect destination for your very own style of fun, whether you seek days full of activities or just plain relaxing.

Vacationers come from all over to fish, enjoy the water sports and play on the 500 miles of shoreline. They usually end up discovering many unexpected delights. Friendly people and genuine hospitality make everyone feel welcome and there’s always something new to do. World-class historical sites, unique shopping opportunities from antiques to art galleries, the latest fashions, fantastic dining and entertainment options, and simply sitting back and enjoying the glorious scenery make everyday complete. Sound too good to be true? Just wait until you see our beautiful sunsets.”
~ Quoted from Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Congress.

At over 20,000 acres,

Smith Mountain Lake is the second largest lake in Virginia. Lake construction began in 1960, when engineers began the process of damming the Blackwater and Roanoke Rivers at the base of Smith Mountain to generate electricity and to manage water flows on the rivers. The lake was completed in 1966.

Smith Mountain Lake is 250 feet deep at its deepest point and has excellent water purity.

The lake is up to 795 feet above sea level, with very little variation.


“Smith Mountain Lake is regularly stocked with game fish, and holds the state record for citation striped bass. Considered by many to be one of the best fishing spots in the eastern United States, the lake is home to Northern Pike, Muskie, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Walleye, Catfish, Crappie, and many types of Sunfish as well as trophy Stripers.”     ~ Quoted from




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Smith Mountain Lake……………. 18,000 (approx.)

Bedford County……………………. 56,100

Franklin County……………………. 45,400

Pittsylvania County………………. 57,800

The population within a 40 mile radius is about 600,000.


Smith Mountain Lake borders the Southwest Virginia counties

of Bedford, Franklin, and Pittsylvania.

Nearby cities and towns

Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Lynchburg, Bedford, Rocky Mount,

Martinsville, and Danville are all located within a one-hour commute of

Smith Mountain Lake. Blacksburg is about 1 hour and 10 minutes from Smith

Mountain Lake.


Bedford County: $.73 per $100

Franklin County: $.60 per $100

Pittsylvania County: $.49 per $100

State Sales Tax: 4.5%


Boating & Marinas

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Boat rentals



Virginia Dare Cruises


Virginia Inland Sailing


Antique & Classic Boats

Smith Mountain Lake Chapter Antique & Classic Boat Society


Crazy Horse Marina. (540) 721-1587

Camper’s Paradise Marina. (540) 297-6109

Saunder’s Parkway Marina. (540) 297-4412

Foxsport XIV Marina. (540) 721-2451

Webster Marina. (540) 297-5228

Waterwheel Marina. (540) 297-5142

Virginia Dare Marina. (540) 297-5142

Mitchell’s Point Marina. (540) 297-7174

J & M Marina. (540) 721-2992

Lake Haven Marina. (540) 927-5380

Our Place Marina. (540) 297-7325

Palmer’s Marina. (540) 576-3651

Smith Mountain Lake Yacht Club. (540) 297-4484

Outdoor Activities

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Airplane rides

There are several places to get scenic airplane rides around Smith Mountain Lake and the Peaks of Otter.

Smith Mountain Lake Airport – 540.297.4500

Offering 20 minute flights from the dam to the Hales Ford Bridge.

Hillman Aviation – 540.362.0711

Offering flights from Roanoke to the Peaks of Otter to Smith Mountain Lake Dam.


Parasailing at Smith Mountain Lake is offered by Bridgewater Marina out of their Bernard’s Landing location. For more information call them at 800.729.1639

Mini golf


Shadow Ridge Stables

10120 Booker T. Washington Highway, Wirtz VA

(540) 721-5120

Fields & Foxes

Rt. 220, Rocky Mount, VA

(540) 483-7120

Rosehill Farm

4791 Peaks Road, Bedford, VA

(540) 586-1424

Smith Mountain Lake State Park

Smith Mountain Lake State park is a 1,248 acre park with 16 miles of lake frontage located in Huddleston, Virginia. The park was opened to the public in 1983. The park has 5 miles of hiking trails, a public beach with a bath house, food service, and gifts. Public fishing is available at the fishing pier, and the park offers boat launching facilities as well as jet ski, paddleboat, and pontoon boat rentals in season.

Camping sites at the State Park include a grill, fire ring, and picnic tables. There are 24 campsites offering water and electric. Rental cabins are also available, and reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call (800) 933-PARK.

The Park also hosts a variety of interpretive programs, including Junior Rangers, canoe trips, night hikes and musical events.

For more information, please visit

or contact the Park at:

Smith Mountain State Park

1235 State Park Road, Huddleston, VA 24104

(540) 297-6066



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Blackwater Cafe
Route 616

Camper’s Paradise
1336 Camper’s Paradise Tr., Moneta, VA 24121, – Dreamer Walton, General Manager

Carl’s Place
Route 40 East

China City
Route 616, Lake Plaza

China Place Shoprite Plaza

Chopsticks Chinese Restaurant
Bridgewater Plaza, Moneta, VA 24121, – Shawn Lin/Jenny Chen

Dairy Queen
520 Scruggs Rd., Moneta, VA 24121, – Dallas McNab

Danny’s Pizza and Subs Village Square

DeGrill Floating Restaurant
Smith Mountain Lake’s First Float-Thru Restaurant
Call on the lake at Cell 540-529-4745 or
540-297-8885 to leave message

Diamond Hill General Store
1017 Diamond Hill Rd., Moneta, VA 24121 – Carl & Christine Brodt, Owners

Dudley Mart & Restaurant
6674 Burnt Chimney Rd. Wirtz, VA 24184

El Grande Italian Restaurant
11970 Old Franklin Turnpike (Rt. 40), Union Hall, VA 24176, Joe Altadona, Owner/Manager

Mangos Bar and Grill
Bridgewater Plaza on the lake

Mario’s Restaurant and Pizza
16483 Moneta Rd, Halesford Center

Moose’s Deli & Restaurant
Featuring sandwiches, barbecues ribs and Mexican dishes.
Outside deck overlooks the lake, casual dining.
Bridgewater Plaza Moneta, VA 24121

New York Pizza
Lake Plaza, Moneta, VA 24121

New York Subs
Lake Plaza, Moneta, VA 24121

Old Virginia Bar-B-Que

Pizza Pub Restaurant
Bridgewater Plaza 2nd Level overlooking the Lake, (Takeout available), Jerry Waters, Owner/Manager

R.T.’s Dock n Dine
Bridgewater Plaza lower level, features fine dining and entertainment
16430 Booker T. Washington Hwy, Moneta, VA 24121

Lake Plaza, Moneta, VA 24121

Taco Bell

The Landing Restaurant at Bernard’s Landing Resort
“Voted the Best Restaurant and Best Chef 2000 in Roanoke’s CITY MAGAZINE, the Landing offers gourmet dining with a innovative flair. Chef/owner Andy Schlosser says, “We’re kind of like New York with a Southern touch and an island flair.” That mixture of Broadway, Blue Ridge, and the Bahamas is evident in creations such as the Caribbean pork tenderloin with crispy sweet potatoes ($19) accompanied by a bowl of Abaco-style conch chowder ($6). The menu changes seasonally to take advantage of the freshest products and Chef Andy’s creative juices.
773 Ashmeade Dr., Moneta, VA 24121, Andy & Patience Schlosser & Mike Caudill, Owners/Managers

The Lakehouse Restaurant
Route 122  Fairway Village Shopping Mall at Westlake Centre
Open 7 days weekly, Debbie Dudley, Owner, Donna MacBriar, GM

The Mouse Trap
4 Bridgewater Plaza, Moneta, VA 24121, Pat & Christi Walsh

The Upper Deck
Crazy Horse Marina, Moneta, VA 24121

Virginia Dare Cruises


Westlake Grille
360 Chestnut Creek Dr., Hardy, VA 24101, Jimmy Bennett, GM

White House Corner Store
Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston, VA 24104

White House Restaurant
6732 White House Rd., Huddleston, VA 24104, Frank Brodke, Manager


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Smith Mountain Lake

is stocked with Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, and Smallmouth Bass. Northern

Pike, Muskie, White Bass, Walleye, Catfish, Crappie, and many types of

Sunfish also breed in the Lake. In 2000 a new record was set in Virginia

when a 53 pound Striper was caught just below the Smith Mountain dam.

Here are a few links to help you get started on catching a monster of your own:

Fishing Guides

on Smith Mountain Lake


Matt Terry’s Guide Service

Keeper Charters

Captain Mike’s Striper Fishing

Rockfish Adventures

Spike’s Prime Time Fishin’



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Smith Mountain Lake is one of the Mid-Atlantic area’s most popular golfing destinations. Golfing for

beginners and experts alike is available from the lake’s quintet of courses.

Some of the most challenging greens in the state plus breathtaking views of

surrounding mountains are all part of the action!


Landing is an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones. Located off Rt. 626 in Huddleston, Virginia. It is a semi-private course with memberships now available. Nine of it’s 18 holes play along or over water.

Women, championship, men and senior tee boxes are available. Call 540-297-7888.

Sycamore Ridge, a challenging eighteen hole course with a driving range and putting green. It is a long time favorite with seniors and women. It is a more hilly course with views of the lake.

Sycamore Ridge is open to the public and memberships are available.

Located at 1270 Trails Road in Goodview, Virginia. Call 540-297-6490.

The Waterfront is an 18-hole PGA-championship course created in 1981 by golf

architect George Dillon, formerly of George Fazio and Associates. This private

course is available to members and their guests and to those renting one of the

development’s condos with golf privileges. Contact Waterfront Properties at


The Water’s Edge Country Club was named one of the country’s best new

courses by Golf Digest in 1992. It features 5 sets of tees and 6 holes

that play along the lake plus outstanding big-water views from 17 holes. This

course was designed by Robert F. Loving Jr. and features a par-3 seventh hole as

an island green surrounded by water. The Water’s Edge is private and members

must be property owners.

The Westlake Golf and Country Club was designed by golf architect Russell

Breeden, know for courses across Virginia and in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. This

course is a striking 18-hole course centered around a restored farmhouse

converted into a clubhouse/restaurant/pro-shop/banquet-facility. The Westlake is

semi-private – members may reserve tee times up to 7 days in advance; the public

may reserve up to 3 days in advance. This is a scenic course with tree-lined fairways and rolling creeks.

Located at 360 Chestnut Creek in Hardy, Virginia. Call (800) 296-7277 or (540) 721-7277


activities near Smith Mountain Lake

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Smith Mountain Dam

Booker T. Washington National Monument

National D-Day Memorial

Virginia Explore Park

Center in the Square

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Mill Mountain Zoo

Blue Ridge Parkway

Dixie Caverns

Jefferson Center

Smith Mountain Lake Visitor’s

Center Arts & Culture

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Museums & galleries

Art Museum of

Western Virginia

Studios on the Square

The Gallery at Jefferson Center

Perspectives Gallery at Smith Mountain Lake Theatre

Mill Mountain Theatre

Roanoke Ballet Theatre


Opera Roanoke

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

Arts Organizations

The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge

Hotels & Lodging

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Vacation Rentals

Smith Mountain Lake Rental Properties, Inc.


Bernard’s Landing Resort and Conference Center

Hotels & Motels

Comfort Inn Smith Mountain Lake

Budget Host Inn Rocky Mount

Ratliff Inn

Camper’s Paradise


Bed & Breakfast

Maridor Bed & Breakfast (Roanoke)

Chateauware Bed & Breakfast (Boones Mill)

The Claiborne House

Manor at Taylor’s Store


Crazy Horse Campground

Goose Dam Campground

Campers Paradise

Blue Ridge Campground


Adventures on Houseboats


distances to Smith Mountain Lake

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Atlanta………………….. 480 miles

Baltimore…………..….. 220 miles

Greensboro……………. 120 miles

New York………………. 430 miles

Philadelphia…..………. 260 miles

Richmond………..……. 130 miles

Roanoke………….…….. 25 miles

Washington DC………. 190 miles


to Smith Mountain Lake

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Commercial flights:


Roanoke Regional Airport

(ROA) is located about 45 minutes from Smith Mountain Lake.

Private planes:

Smith Mountain Lake Airport is a general aviation airport with a 3000

foot runway. For information, please contact owner/operator Joe Borgess

at (540) 297-4500.


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Franklin County Schools

Bedford County Schools

Roanoke County Schools

Pittsylvania County Schools

Local Weather

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At Smith Mountain Lake, you’ll find wonderful places and people. Our area’s great natural beauty–from the waters and woods to the Blue Ridge Mountains–is the perfect destination for your very own style of fun, whether you seek days full of activities or good old fashioned relaxing.

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