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Smith Mountain Lake

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Address: Moneta, VA
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Activities: Hiking, Fishing

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Best Lake on the East Coast

Clear warm water for swimming, 500 miles of shoreline to explore, excellent fishing, many marinas, restaurants, and bars accessible by boat. Everyone always has a great time both... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Huddleston, Virginia
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Huddleston, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Clear warm water for swimming, 500 miles of shoreline to explore, excellent fishing, many marinas, restaurants, and bars accessible by boat. Everyone always has a great time both families and groups of adults.

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Hardy, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Smith Mountain Lake is a great family vacation destination if you're looking for a fresh water alternative to the crowded beaches. The folks down here couldn't be more friendly, the lake is excellent for skiing, boating, & swimming. Fishing can be chalenging in the summer months because of all the boat traffic but if you're willing to get a very... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Great family place, good restaurants, warm clean water, lots of options. Really need a boat to appreciate to the fullest.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Growing up on the east coast there was nothing better than the shore. A few years ago, for vacation we decided to try a lake. We went up to the Adirondacks to Schroon Lake which was nice but not impressive at all. Mosquitoes were terrible water at the lake was OK but nothing we would want to revisit. We figured... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

I live about 20 minutes from the lake and there something about it that attracts people to it! Something about being on the lake and the local shops and restaurants that make it a great getaway'

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Atlanta, Georgia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We stayed in the cabins for a few days to celebrate Thanksgiving and a family reunion. The location is gorgeous and serene. The cabins were modern enough. They could have been cleaner, but they had pretty much everything we needed to be comfortable. I'd definitely go back.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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73 reviews 73 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Fall trip to see the colors did not disappoint. Lake front laced with reds, yellows, orange and gold. Quiet, tranquil setting with minimal travelers.

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McMurray, Pennsylvania
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72 reviews 72 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We have friends who own a beautiful home on this lake and have been invited to visit for a weekend twice - once in the summer and another time in the fall. The lake is HUGE, and you can take hours exploring this area by boat. I understand it can get very busy on holiday weekends, but both times we... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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107 reviews 107 reviews
18 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Beautiful mountains, pristine water, not too busy and so much to see on this lake of 550 miles of shoreline. Don't miss it!

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Had a long weekend at SML and enjoyed the striper and catfish fishing. The water was clear and cool and we enjoyed fishing from the boat and dock. This is a great lake to boat, sail, fish or just relax and watch the sunsets. I would recommend this destination for a fun family vacation.

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