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Smith Mountain Lake Beaches

Few moments are more pleasant and enjoyable than a sun-drenched afternoon spent along the shores of Smith Mountain Lake, soaking up the sunshine and cool lake breezes from the soft sands of the beaches surrounding our lake. 

Smith Mountain Lake has a variety of beaches to choose from, perfect for planning a day of fun on or near the water. Below, we’ve outlined just a few of the many fantastic beaches you can visit in the area. Read on for more information! 


Private Smith Mountain Lake Beaches 

Even though Smith Mountain Lake has over 550 miles of shoreline to explore, access to private Smith Mountain Lake beaches are extremely rare. However, if you have your heart set on booking a vacation rental with a private beach, then you’ll be happy to know that a select number of our properties include this option as an amenity. Simply choose the option for “sand beach on site” from our search menu and begin planning your perfect Smith Mountain Lake vacation. 


Public Smith Mountain Lake Beaches  

Spanning 1,148 acres, the Smith Mountain Lake State Park includes much more than a public beach. This location boasts plenty of  things to do in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, including on-site boat rentals, a boat ramp, fishing pier, hiking and biking trails, and picnic shelters. Additionally, the park also has the distinction of housing the largest public beach on Smith Mountain Lake. You’ll also find a visitor’s center, a nature center, and an amphitheater that hosts live music on a seasonal basis, making Smith Mountain Lake State Park an ideal place to plan a beach day followed by an afternoon or evening of fun. Smith Mountain Lake State Park is located on the North Shore of Smith Mountain Lake in Bedford County. 

The public beach at Smith Mountain Lake Community Park, a smaller public park located in Franklin County, provides guests with walking trails, covered picnic shelters, playground areas, and handicap accessible fishing pier with seating. The public beach is $2 per person (children under 3 are free.) The hours of availability for this public beach vary by season, with limited availability after Labor Day. The beach is generally open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day each year. 


Let the Vacation Experts at Premier Vacation Rentals Help You Plan Your Stay!  

Our team of reservation specialists is staffed by locals with an intimate knowledge of Smith Mountain Lake and all that the area has in-store for you during your time here. Contact our office by phone or email today and ask about reserving your lodgings with us to learn more! 

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