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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. 

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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. 

Attractions and Landmarks to Explore Near Smith Mountain Lake State Park

For the outdoor enthusiast visiting Smith Mountain Lake State Park, over 1,148 acres waits to be explored and enjoyed, making for much in the way of the potential for fun! While a beach day is sure to delight and time on the water in a kayak or canoe can satisfy that hunger for adventure balanced with tranquility, there’s much more to explore and enjoy nearby as well. When you can’t wait to expand on your itinerary as much as possible, take some time to include the following nearby stops for even more enjoyable moments during your Smith Mountain Lake escape!

Craddock Creek Marina

If you’re a Smith Mountain Lake visitor who can’t wait to spend as much time as possible out on the water, exploring at your own pace, keeping Craddock Creek Marina in mind is always a good idea when you’re in need of a convenient boat slip. Snuggled into a scenic cove at 15826 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Craddock Creek Marina is a charming and welcoming destination that’s locally owned and easy to maneuver. The on-site staff is helpful and friendly and this location offers up some incredible views of the water and surrounding mountains as well.

Mariner’s Club

When you can’t imagine any getaway without time spent on the greens, honing your skills to perfection, time spent at Mariner’s Club could be just the right fit for your exciting Smith Mountain Lake getaway. Located at 2052 Lake Retreat Road, Mariner’s Club features a fantastic course that promises to be as fun as it is challenging for golfers of all skill levels. When the round comes to close, take advantage of the on-site food options where snacks and sandwiches are readily available to enjoy upon request.

The Landing Restaurant

For a more robust sit-down meal experience that comes complete with delightful menu options and equally intriguing waterfront views, make plans to spend some time at The Landing Restaurant while you’re in the area. Situated at 773 Ashmeade Road, The Landing Restaurant provides guests with a menu featuring everything from comfort food and seafood to New American fare with Latin inspiration. While the flavors are fantastic, the view is just as great and dining outdoors on the patio promises to be unforgettable. No matter what you order up, make the most of the full bar which offers up options for the perfect beverage pairing with ease.

Let Our Vacation Experts 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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