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Smith-Mountain-Lake is a large reservoir located southeast of the city of Roanoke and southwest of Lynchburg. The lake was created in 1963 by the Smith Mountain Dam impounding of the Roanoke River. One of Virginia's most popular lakes, Smith Mountain Lake offers 500-miles of shoreline. It's called the "Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains," and is exceptional for boating, sailing, canoeing, swimming, fishing, water-skiing, jet skiing and parasailing. The Smith Mountain lakefront includes seven public boat launching sites and many public and private marinas. Nearby are five challenging golf courses that surround the lake, with homes, condominiums and community centers built around the golf courses. The Smith Mountain Lake State Park includes many miles of hiking trails, but the narrow, winding roads with narrow shoulders make bicycling unsafe. Smith Mountain Lake also offers picnicking, camping, hunting, antiquing, and shopping. Restaurants in the area offer everything from pizza and sandwiches to prime rib and gourmet cuisine. Several wineries are also in the area, open for touring. Smith Mountain Lake is near The Blue Ridge Parkway, which is ranked "America's Most Scenic Drive," and is a wonderful way to spend a day. Many vacation rentals are available in the region surrounding Smith Mountain Lake, by the weekend, week or month.

Surrounding areas: Moneta, Virginia (11.5 mi), Bedford, Virginia (20.3 mi)

Smith Mountain Lake Vacation Rentals




Smith Mountain Lake Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn1558 Main StAltavista, VA17.1 mi.(434) 369-4000
Rocky Mount Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites395 Old Franklin TpkeRocky Mount, VA17.9 mi.(540) 489-5001
Comfort Inn Rocky Mount1730 N Main StRocky Mount, VA19.7 mi.(540) 489-4000
Franklin Motel20281 Virgil H Goode HwyRocky Mount, VA19.9 mi.(540) 483-9962
Budget Inn Of Lynchburg8830 E Lynchburg Salem TpkeGoode, VA20.1 mi.(540) 586-8182
Days Inn921 Blue Ridge AveBedford, VA20.6 mi.(540) 586-8286
Super 8 Motel842 Sword Beach LnBedford, VA20.6 mi.(540) 587-0100
Oakwood Worldwide @ Lake Vista200 LK Vis DrForest, VA26.1 mi.(800) 592-7947
Holiday Inn Central1927 Franklin RdRoanoke, VA27.2 mi.(540) 343-0121
Amerisuites Roanoke/Valley View Mall5040 Vly View BlvdRoanoke, VA27.4 mi.(540) 366-4700
Best Western Coachman InnI81 US 220N Exit 150BRoanoke, VA27.4 mi.(540) 992-1234
Best Western Inn Valley View5050 Vly VW Blvd NWRoanoke, VA27.4 mi.(800) 362-2410
Comfort Inn Valley View5070 Vly VW RdRoanoke, VA27.4 mi.(540) 527-2020
Doubletree Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center110 Shenandoah AveRoanoke, VA27.4 mi.(540) 985-5900
Days Inn Civil Center535 Orange Ave NeRoanoke, VA27.5 mi.(540) 342-4551
Quality Inn3816 Franklin RdRoanoke, VA27.5 mi.(540) 989-4000
Rodeway Inn526 Orange Avenue NERoanoke, VA27.5 mi.(540) 981-8341
Best Inn Roanoke Civic Center501 Orange AveRoanoke, VA27.6 mi.(540) 342-8961
Sleep Inn - Tanglewood4045 Electric RdRoanoke, VA27.7 mi.(540) 772-1500
Holiday Inn Express Roanoke815 Gainsboro RdRoanoke, VA27.8 mi.(540) 982-0100
Holiday Inn-tanglewood4468 Starkey RdRoanoke, VA27.8 mi.(540) 774-4400
Econo Lodge - Civic Center308 Orange Ave NeRoanoke, VA28.6 mi.(540) 343-2413
Mainstay Suites Airport5080 Valley View BlvdRoanoke, VA29.5 mi.(540) 527-3030
Extended Stay America1910 University BlvdLynchburg, VA29.7 mi.(434) 239-8863
Hampton Inn Lynchburg5604 Seminole AveLynchburg, VA29.9 mi.(434) 237-2704
Holiday Inn Express Lynchburg5600 Seminole AveLynchburg, VA29.9 mi.(434) 237-7771
Jameson Inn - Martinsville378 Commonwealth BlvdMartinsville, VA30.0 mi.(276) 638-0478

Smith Mountain Lake Weather & Climate

Central Virginia ranges in elevation from 420 feet to 4200 feet above sea level. The four-season climate in this region is classified as humid continental, but few states have a more diverse climate than that of Virginia. In the mountainous regions of central Virginia, summer temperatures are significantly lower than the region's major metropolitan areas. It is not uncommon to experience temperatures twelve to fifteen degrees lower than Charlottesville and more than 18 degrees lower than experienced on the same day in Richmond, Washington D.C. and Raleigh/Durham. These same patterns also bring enough snow in winter to rank the area as one of the finest ski destinations in the Mid-Atlantic region.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 46°F 22°F 3.70 in. -
February 50°F 24°F 3.17 in. -
March 59°F 31°F 4.00 in. -
April 69°F 38°F 3.56 in. -
May 76°F 48°F 3.98 in. -
June 83°F 58°F 3.38 in. -
July 87°F 63°F 3.73 in. -
August 85°F 61°F 3.23 in. -
September 79°F 53°F 4.23 in. -
October 69°F 40°F 3.51 in. -
November 60°F 31°F 3.34 in. -
December 50°F 25°F 3.06 in. -

Smith Mountain Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Roanoke Regional Woodrum Field (ROA) located about 31 miles northwest of Smith Mountain Lake in Roanoke, Virginia, the Danville Regional airport (DAN) located approximately 34 miles south of Smith Mountain Lake in Danville, Virginia, the Piedmont Triad International airport (GSO) located roughly 68 miles southwest of Smith Mountain Lake in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Greenbrier Valley airport (LWB) located around 73 miles northwest of Smith Mountain Lake in Lewisburg, West Virginia, and finally the Smith Reynolds airport (INT) located about 73 miles southwest of Smith Mountain Lake in Winston - Salem, North Carolina.

Smith Mountain Lake Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Wet 'n Wild Emerald PointeGreensboroNC68.4 mi.
 
Water Parks
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC68.4 mi.
 
Golf Courses
River Course of Virginia TechRadfordVA7.4 mi.
Mariners Landing Golf & Country ClubHuddlestonVA8.4 mi.
Sycamore Ridge Golf ClubGoodviewVA15.5 mi.
Cedars Country ClubChathamVA17.3 mi.
Westlake Golf & Country ClubHardyVA20.0 mi.
Poplar Forest Golf CourseForestVA25.8 mi.
Colonial Hills Golf ClubForestVA25.9 mi.
Ivy Hill Golf ClubForestVA25.9 mi.
London Downs Golf ClubForestVA25.9 mi.
Birkdale Golf ClubChesterfieldVA27.1 mi.
Highlands Golfers ClubChesterfieldVA27.1 mi.
Lake Chesdin Golf ClubChesterfieldVA27.1 mi.
Blue Hills Golf CourseRoanokeVA27.3 mi.
Brookside Par 3 Golf ClubRoanokeVA27.3 mi.
Old Monterey Golf ClubRoanokeVA27.3 mi.
 
Ski Areas
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA68.0 mi.
The HomesteadHot SpringsVA68.2 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV94.3 mi.
MassanuttenHarrisonburgVA103.9 mi.
 
State Parks
Smith Mountain Lake State ParkVA4.0 mi. 
Fairy Stone State ParkVA35.1 mi. 
 
Museums
Avoca MuseumAltavistaVA14.6 mi.(History)
Virginia Museum of Natural HistoryMartinsvilleVA30.5 mi.(Science)
Chinqua-PennReidsvilleNC48.0 mi.(History)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA27.4 mi.
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC93.4 mi.


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