As the weather gets warmer, there are more opportunities to travel. Consider taking a trip to Huddleston Smith Mountain Lake. There is something very beautiful and lush about the landscape at Smith Mountain Lake during the springtime. You also get to enjoy the numerous activities and events that are specifically scheduled to coincide with the warmer weather and Spring Break.
Venture Out in Nature
Springtime in Huddleston Smith Mountain Lake is a perfect time to get out and explore the local terrain. All the trees are alive with new life, and the warmer temperatures urge you to get out there and enjoy nature. There are a number of trails and wilderness areas throughout Smith Mountain Lake that you can enjoy for walking or hiking. Consider taking a day trip through Smith Mountain Lake Park where you can breathe fresh air, take a walk with your dog and enjoy the sound of the babbling brooks. Climb up to some of the local caves to do some adventurous caving. Take a walk along the Chesnut Ridge Trail which is one of the area’s most popular trails. This figure eight trail will take you through the forest where you can enjoy seeing the new life budding on the trees, the springing up of wildflowers and the return of a wide variety of local wildlife.
Just as intriguing when you have a heart for hiking and are looking to make the most of the springtime weather is time spent on the Interpretive Loop Trail! This loop offers up just over 3.5 miles of route to enjoy and the experience can be shared with your canine companion as long as they’re leashed. Along the route, hikers will often find plenty of ideal moments to stop and enjoy bird spotting or simply snapping photos of the surrounding beauty. Interpretive Loop Trail is easily accessed via Huddleston and is ranked as a moderately difficult trek enjoying an elevation gain of around 331 feet in total. Bring your binoculars, hiking boots and sense of adventure for this springtime activity that might just be the highlight of your visit!
Touring Huddleston Smith Mountain Lake
If you really want to see all that Smith Mountain Lake has to offer, consider taking a tour. There are a variety of ways that you can tour the area. There are several companies that offer aerial tours which allow you to get a bird’s-eye view of Smith Mountain Lake. Some companies offer flight packages usually starting at half-hour increments that allow you to experience an elevated view of Smith Mountain Lake. If you enjoy the water, Virginia Dare Cruises and Marina offers cruises on their 20 passenger pontoon tour boat. For those that prefer to stay grounded, consider a horseback riding adventure at Long Meadow Stables or Slocum’s Appaloosa Ranch. You’ll get to explore all the new life which includes new trees and emerging wildlife while horseback riding.
If you’re the type of Smith Mountain Lake springtime traveler that can’t wait to get out on the water but prefers to take things at their own pace, then renting a pontoon boat for the day might be the way to go. Springtime in this area is great for this activity but a jacket and layers are recommended for those unexpected temperature fluctuations that might occur. Captain’s Quarters in Moneta is a one stop shop for on the water fun and staffs a professional team that can help match you up with just the right vessel to make your day on the waves unforgettable.
This is also a one-stop shop for fishing fun—another popular springtime activity no the waters that make up the greater Smith Mountain Lake area! Captain’s Quarters is a bait shop providing everything anglers might need in the spring from bait and tackle to updated gear. From pier fishing to casting a line from a kayak or canoe, anglers find that this is an all-seasons destination for reeling in exciting catches. The Smith Mountain Lake waters are home to everything from catfish and bass to perch and stripers just to name a few. While experienced anglers will find the waters provide just the right amount of challenge, new anglers will find the same location inviting and fun to learn! If you’re not sure about heading out solo, Smith Mountain Lake is home to a number of local companies that provide chartered fishing options when you want to pair learning with the adventure. Guides can give insight into the many species below the waves as well as what you can catch at different points throughout the year.
Time for Water Fun
As the waterways thaw out, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy Huddleston Smith Mountain Lake in a variety of ways. If you are an avid fisher, Smith Mountain Lake is a major spot for hooking some of the largest stripers you’ve ever seen. The lake is also a great place to enjoy a leisurely day boating as well as other water activities such as wakeboarding and paddling.
Be sure to book into a fantastic Spring or Easter rental with the help of the reservation specialists at Smith Mountain Vacation Rentals.