Now that the thermometers have dropped to a more tolerable temperature, the allure of an afternoon spent outdoors seems much more enticing. And if you’re vacationing at Smith Mountain Lake this fall, you’ll definitely want to check out these fun outdoor activities.

Bike the SML 50th Anniversary Bike Route: This 50-mile bike route begins at Smith Mountain Lake State Park and gently winds throughout Bedford County, including many of the Smith Mountain Lake’s most popular vistas. The route is suitable for beginners and experienced riders.

Explore the Bedford Wine Trail: Six area wineries make up the Bedford Wine Trail, each known for their distinctive flavors and ambiance. Comprised of Hickory Hill Vineyards, LeoGrande Winery, Peaks of Otter Winery, Ramalose Ridge Vineyards, Seven Doors Winery, and White Rock Vineyards and Winery, the Bedford Wine Trail encourages visitors to experience Virginia wine at its finest. Stop by the Bedford Welcome Center to pick up a trail map, and ask for a stamp at each of the six locations. Return your completed trail map to the Bedford Welcome Center for a free commemorative Bedford Wine Trail glass.

Take a Historical Guided Walking Tour: The Booker T. Washington National Monument offers guided walking tours throughout the historical grounds of the birthplace of Booker T. Washington. The tours last around 30 minutes and begin with a short introductory film in the park center auditorium. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 540-721-2094.

There’s so much to see and do around Smith Mountain Lake, and the fall season is no exception. If you’ve never visited the area during this time of year, then check out available rental properties at VacationRentalsSmithMountainLake.com and find the vacation rental that best suits your needs. You can browse available properties, filter by desired amenities, and book directly from the website.