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During your visit to Smith Mountain Lake, make sure you take a drive on the most famous road on the East Coast! The Blue Ridge Parkway, VA, which winds through the heart of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, is famous for its scenic beauty. In fact, it’s often considered “America’s favorite drive!” Once you travel along its winding hills and curves, you’ll understand why this is such an iconic spot. Whether you’re planning on leaf peeping or hiking along one of the many trails near the road’s edge, make sure you take some time during your stay to see this incredible attraction!

Are you looking for more great sites (and sights) to see off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, VA, during your stay at Smith Mountain Lake? Download our free Vacation Guide! From fun museums to fascinating historic sites, you’ll find plenty of great suggestions for places to visit during your vacation. Get local recommendations from a source you can trust!

Explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, VA

First thing’s first: where does the Blue Ridge Parkway start? Many visitors to the area don’t realize just how large the parkway is and assume that they will be able to drive the entire road. The parkway starts from the southern tip of Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive in Virginia. In total, it stretches 469 miles, over the state line into North Carolina. So while you probably won’t be able to drive all of the parkway, you will be able to take advantage of the sections that are closest to Smith Mountain Lake.

Visit Mill Mountain Park

Mill Mountain Park is one of our favorite parks in the area! It’s a bit of a trip, but worth it if you’re already planning on exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway. The park spans 568 acres and has plenty to do. Make sure to visit the Discovery Center, which features a beautiful wildflower garden, interactive exhibits, and reptile enclosures. The Mill Mountain Zoo is another must-see. Admission is just $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 3 to 11. Above all else, make sure you stop and see The Roanoke Star. It’s a lighted star perched on top of the Mill Mountain and is considered an icon in the area.

Stay on Smith Mountain Lake

After you’ve spent the day traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway, VA, make sure you return to the peace and serenity of Smith Mountain Lake. When you reserve a home from Premier Vacation Rentals, you’re not just getting a place to stay for a weekend or so. You’re getting a little slice of paradise, perched on the edge of the Jewel of the Blue Ridge.

Consider staying in Captain’s Cottage, located just 40 minutes from Mill Mountain Park. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage is less than one mile from Bridgewater Plaza, a local shopping center. This home features 107 feet of waterfront with a private dock over deep water. There is also a spacious kitchen, perfect for preparing a feast with your loved ones.

Check the rest of our rentals and book today! We look forward to having you!