There’s nothing like taking to the shimmering waters of Smith Mountain Lake to make you appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you. And while there are a number of different ways to have fun in the water, going on a sightseeing cruise eliminates the need for athletic strength or worrying about paying attention to how you’re operating your boat, allowing you to focus on simply soaking up the sights of Smith Mountain Lake. Read on below to learn more!
See the Sights of the Lake from the Water
First among Smith Mountain Lake’s sightseeing cruise providers is Virginia Dare Cruises and Marina. Transporting visitors on a magical journey aboard the 19th-century replica sidewheeler ship known as the Virginia Dare, this tour company takes visitors past landmarks like Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Goat Island, Turtle Island, Bride Island, old-fashioned style houses on private islands and other locations, a sailing club, an antique carousel, osprey nests, and an old-fashioned tobacco barn. The cruise wraps up at the Smith Mountain Dam. The Virginia Dare can accommodate from one hundred to one hundred and ten people, making it an excellent choice for larger groups or even special events.
At Smith Mountain Lake State Park, the organization known as Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park operates a pontoon tour boat that holds as many as twenty passengers, making for an intimate sightseeing experience out on the waters of Smith Mountain Lake.
Tours given through the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park include guided narration as you traverse the shores of Smith Mountain Lake State Park, watching for wildlife and beautiful natural scenery as you learn more about the history of the park and the lake. These tours depart from the boat ramp between the park’s bath house and fishing tournament building on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 11:00am, free of charge.