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“Beautiful & serene area with as many or as few activities as you wish to be involved in.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Smith Mountain Lake

Smith Mountain Lake
Moneta, VA
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Moneta
Type: Bodies of Water, State Parks
Activities: Hiking, Fishing
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central Virginia
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“Beautiful & serene area with as many or as few activities as you wish to be involved in.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Smith Mountain Lake in Central Virginia (Bedford / & Franklin Counties is an absolutely beautiful destination.
All water sports are available with numerous marinas & 2 Virginia State Parks.
Check out the SML Chamber of Commerce site for a variety of area interests & activities. (Also ...Bedford Chamber of Commerce)
Our favorite times are Fall (during Autumn Foliage display) & Spring awakening at the Lake. Summer...the lake gets busier!
Rentals overlooking the serene water are available ... we use "By The Lake Rentals", Moneta, VA.
The area is very close to the Bkue Ridge Parkway & numerous historic daytrips (D Day Memorial, Appomattox National Historical Park where the Nation was reunited after the Civil War, Booker T Washington birthplace, Poplar Forest which was Thomas Jefferson's "getaway" from his Monticello homeplace).
Numerous local wineries, potteries, galleries and orchards open their doors to visitors.
It is a beautiful area .. don't miss a trip to Smith Mountain Lake. Relax & soak in the tranquility. ♡♥♡

Visited October 2013
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Linden, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“SML is a Lake Paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

My husband and I first went to Smith Mountain Lake near the Moneta, VA area in 2010. FYI - the lake has 500 miles of shoreline! We had been wanting to go for years. We are avid outdoors people, love nature, and love bass fishing. The area is remarkably beautiful, it is not overgrown with buildings, housing and industry and I hope and pray that never changes. There is so much to do, a beautiful state park nearby, dozens and dozens of marinas, great restaurants, and great places to stay. Our favorite place to stay is Halesford Habour Inn in Moneta. It is a nice small inn, there is a restaurant in the harbor, and also boat rental. Great, great location on the lake. We have now been down to the area at least 6 times in the past two years and would go more if we could. If you love the outdoors, a beautiful huge lake, nice people, and rolling beautiful mountains. Make a trip here. We love it so much that we would love to move there one day.

Visited September 2013
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Burlington, NC
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Just love it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Many years ago, we got a tour of the building of this lake... and always, always enjoy any opportunity to enjoy the views and water. We have had very good experiences renting condos here - and would highly recommend this unique mid-Virginia place!

Visited September 2013
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Devon UK
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“lovely views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Great views plenty of eating choices activities for the active etc etc .The drive there and back can be made by a very pretty circuit from either Roanoke (downtown worth a visit) or HI Express in Troutville who will print off directions for you.

Visited September 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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“Smith Mountain Lake and Dam”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

The lake is beautiful and the little park and visitor's center at the dam provide an overview of why the lake was built and how it is used to provide electricity today. Very educational for kids. It is a little bit of a drive, but the drive is pretty on country roads. If you are in to fishing, Smith Mountain and the adjoining Leesville lakes provide a lot of possibilities. Smith Mountain Lake and Dam are not far off of the Blue Ridge parkway and just a nice side trip.

Visited September 2013
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