Home to crystalline waters, picturesque scenery, and endless blue skies, Smith Mountain Lake has earned the nickname Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is the most popular recreation lake in Virginia, and its 500 miles of shoreline are peppered with parks, campgrounds and beautiful lakefront homes — the perfect place to vacation or call home.
In 1966, Smith Mountain Lake was formed by the damming of the Roanoke River and the Blackwater River. The lake fingers out into five inlets — the Blackwater River, Roanoke River, Craddock Creek, Gills Creek, and Pigg River — covering more than 20,000 acres. Today, the reservoir provides hydroelectric power and drinking water to Virginia and further south.
By far, Smith Mountain Lake’s biggest draw are its superb recreational offerings. From the first buds of spring to the last autumn leaf, the lake’s pristine waters welcome visitors to swim, boat, jet ski, waterski, wakeboard, canoe, kayak, fish, and sail. On land, favorite activities include sunbathing, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and bird and wildlife watching.
Smith Mountain Lake is a lakelubber’s dream — the only challenge is finding time to do everything! Lakefront real estate is available for those looking to settle lakefront, while the reservoir offers plenty of vacation rentals for short-term fun. Come on down!