Spending a weekend in Huddleston, VA, along the scenic shoreline of Smith Mountain Lake? With so much to see and do, it can be hard to know where to begin. Fortunately, whether your ideal getaway is hiking to incredible views in the Blue Ridge Mountains or relaxing and doing nothing at all, you will find that spending 48 hours here is just enough to excite you and allow you to experience the best Huddleston VA things to do.
While the lake is the main highlight of the region – its hundreds of miles of shoreline and secluded coves are perfect for swimming, boating, and fishing – we like to start our visit with a drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway to the incredible panoramic vistas at the three mountaintops known as the Peaks of Otter. The drive affords incredible views of the deep forests, and the visitor center is an excellent spot to take in the vistas, whether or not you opt for the 4-mile hike to the summit of Sharp Top (though steep, it is well worth it!). Afterwards, head down to Smith Mountain Lake and your favorite swimming hole for a refreshing dip, or rent a kayak, canoe, or fishing gear and hit the water for an afternoon of fun in the sun!
As the second largest lake in the state, there is plenty of space to let loose and unwind on the tranquil waters of Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Why not rent a powerboat from State Park Boat Rentals and try your hand at tubing, waterskiing, and wakeboarding? All of their gear – from the boats to the inflatables – are Coast Guard certified and ready for adventure. Launch from the convenient boat ramp at the state park (open 8:15am ‘til dusk) right across the street, and you are on your way!
Another one of the best Huddleston VA things to do is to visit The Landing. From country cafes to fine dining on the lake, there are plenty of options to enjoy your meals during your stay at Smith Mountain Lake. If romance is in the air, The Landing boasts incredible views of the lake and stylish décor with a delicious menu of contemporary American fare bursting with Latin flavor. Try the Peruvian ceviche with a glass of crisp white wine, then nosh on the Lobster Spaghetti with a decadent glass of red wine. Hey, you’re on vacation. For more casual fare, The Landing also has a neighboring pub, or you can head on over to Waller’s for live music and equally stunning lake views. On the flip side, you can opt to explore the local markets and stock up on fresh produce to cook your own feast in your fully stocked gourmet kitchen in your luxury lakeside cabin. The choice is yours!
While 48 hours may not be enough time to fully enjoy Smith Mountain Lake and this beautiful region, it is certainly enough to get you hooked. When you do, just remember that Smith Mountain Lake Properties has a year-round selection of premium lakeside cabins and condos, perfect for weekend getaways and extended vacations in this scenic outdoor playground. We will see you soon!