Smith Mountain Lake and the surrounding Roanoke area is a haven for hiking enthusiasts. From the beautiful trails at Smith Mountain Lake State Park to the number of Appalachian Trail access points, there is so much to do and see. Explore one of the paths surrounding our serene lake or hike up to one of the smaller mountain peaks for an incredible view. No matter your experience level, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for hiking near Smith Mountain Lake.
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Smith Mountain Lake State Park
If you want to get the best view of our beautiful lake during your trek, visit the Smith Mountain Lake State Park. The park features 13 hiking trails which range from half a mile to three miles long. The paths lead through the park’s various features, like hardwood and pine forests, secluded coves, and picturesque vistas. And, of course, many of the trails follow the lake’s edge, giving hikers the best view of the serene, blue waters of our most stunning feature. Catch your dinner while you’re visiting! There are plenty of places in the park for shore and boat fishing. If you’re staying during the warmer months, enjoy the public beach, which allows guarded swimming between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day.
Grab your camera and hike up to McAfee Knob! Known as one of the most photographed spots on the Appalachian Trail, this summit should not be missed. It’s been recognized by USA Today Travel as one of the most spectacular hikes in the United States. The trail is a little over four miles long and gradually climbs 1,700 feet to McAfee Knob, which is a peak of 3,197 feet. In total, the hike is a little less than nine miles and will take around four hours to complete. Since this is so popular, we suggest you try to go on a weekday for a little more privacy.
Peaks of Otter
Peaks of Otter are three mountain peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountains which overlook the beautiful town of Bedford. The peaks, Flat Top, Sharp Top, and Harkening Hill, have a combined 12 miles of hiking and attractions. These trails are best suited for experienced hikers looking for a challenge. After you’ve explored the trails, pay a visit to Bedford. The D-Day Memorial is a popular attraction that pays tribute to the soldiers who died during the invasion of Normandy.
Stay at a Lakefront Rental Home
After spending your day discovering the best hiking near Smith Mountain Lake, return to a luxurious home from Premier Vacation Rentals. Consider renting Buddy’s Bliss, a four-bedroom and two-bathroom home that can sleep up to eight. A soak in the hot tub will soothe away any sore muscles and create the perfect, relaxing environment. Best of all, Buddy’s Bliss is just a five-minute drive from Smith Mountain Lake State Park! Browse the rest of our properties and book your stay today! We look forward to having you.