At Smith Mountain Lake, you’ll find wonderful places and people. The incredible natural beauty of the waters, woods, fields and farmlands within Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains makes Smith Mountain Lake a picturesque destination for your personal style of fun, whether you seek days full of activities or a quiet getaway nestled within nature’s embrace.
Located in central Virginia along the Blue Ridge Mountains, Smith Mountain Lake is convenient from both nearby cities of Roanoke and Lynchburg. We’re a short 4-hour drive southwest of Washington, D.C., and two hours north of Raleigh, N.C. Smith Mountain Lake — it’s closer than you think!
Vacationers come to Smith Mountain Lake from all over the world to enjoy numerous recreation opportunities, from boating, fishing, water sports and swimming … to golf, tennis and horseback riding … to the social opportunities at several premier country clubs in the area. 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 the latest fashions, fantastic dining and entertainment options, and simply sitting back and enjoying the glorious scenery make every day complete. Sound too good to be true? Just wait until you see our stunning sunsets over the water.
Once you visit, you’ll never want to leave. It’s a common theme — this little community of 22,000 has lured many vacationers who now call a slice of Smith Mountain Lake’s 500 miles of shoreline their permanent home. The temperate weather, our central location along the East Coast and a small-town atmosphere make Smith Mountain Lake an excellent place to raise your family, start a business, or just kick back and relax.
You’ll find all this amid the lush backdrop of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.