Voted Virginia’s best state park, this park offers fabulous beaches, arrived at by car, or by hiking on the numerous trails..….Premier Vacation Rentals at Smith Mountain Lake’s homes are all within 5 miles of this park, some within less than 1 mile. Ask about any discounts if you are attending any of the triathlons the park offers.

Smith Mountain Lake State Park, VA is a popular family and dog-friendly park. The main beach area, you can park at is a sandy beach, that offers lifeguards in season. The triathlons each season begin and end here at this point in the park. The water here is easy to wade out in and moves onto deeper water for those that want to swim.

The dog friendly beaches are located off the trails. Park your car at a designated area and take a hike on any of the many trails and you will see the natural hard sand beach, with smaller foot trails to them. Please keep your dog on a leash, even if they want to chase those sticks in the water.

The state park, aside from being dog-friendly and great for toddlers or swimming, offers many conveniences. Picnic tables with grills, covered pavilion areas, a concession stand, playgrounds, fishing piers and the lakes best boat launch, canoe and paddleboard rentals, jet ski rentals and more are all near the beach. The beach has approx parking for 50 cars) and is located at the end of the main Smith Mountain Lake State Park road.

There is a state park entry fee, or you can use your yearly passes if you have one with the State of Virginia. We thank you for using the park, it is a wonderful hiking, biking, paddling and beach destination. This is our area’s best natural resource. Come on out and enjoy some of the many fun things to do at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.

Website:  http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/smith-mountain-lake#general_information

Things to Enjoy in Nearby Moneta

For the traveler to Virginia’s Roanoke region, time spent enjoying the beauty and adventure available in Smith Mountain Lake State Park is sure to be a highlight of your stay. Whether you spend time on the water by kayak or canoe or can’t wait to lace up those boots and hit the trails alongside family and friends, it’s a space where fun and nature collide in perfect harmony. For the visitor that’s looking for even more, the inviting destination of Moneta sits just a bit further than 8-miles up the road. Include Moneta on your itinerary when you’re looking to make the most of every moment and are hoping to complement your Smith Mountain Lake State Park experience with even more flavors and fun!

Hickory Hill Vineyards

Located at 1722 Hickory Cove Ln, Hickory Hill Vineyards is a welcoming and scenic Moneta stop where wine enthusiasts can take time to admire the view and savor the flavors of the region. Come in and have a conversation with the owners or set up a fun wine tasting event to make the most of the many on-site options. Whether you’re touring the grounds or settling in for an afternoon of savory moments, this vineyard is a fan-favorite in the region amongst locals and visitors alike.

Smith Mountain Lake Alpaca Farm

Situated off of Moorewood Road, the Smith Mountain Lake Alpaca Farm is a must if you’re traveling through the area with children or simply love to connect with incredible creatures during your travels. This fully-functioning farm is home to a herd of incredible alpacas that utilizes alpaca wool to create one of a kind fashion for purchase! Stop by and tour the farm, pet the alpacas, or take time to browse the many goods that can be created from these amazing animals!

Hot Shots

Sitting at 13360 Booker T. Washington Highway in Moneta, Hot Shots is a family-friendly stop for the travelers in this area that are looking for tons of fun! Stop in and enjoy a round of mini-golf on a course that brings the intrigue and challenge in equal measure. When the round is done, step inside and savor the many flavors waiting to please ranging from chicken wings and pizza to burgers, chili dogs and fries upon request. With so much waiting in the way of entertainment, don’t be surprised if you end up lingering longer than planned.

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