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Summer Journey to Smith Mountain Lake

Summertime in Smith Mountain Lake brings people out of their shells so that they can get out, mingle, and thoroughly enjoy all that the region has to offer. If you are thinking of vacationing in Smith Mountain Lake during the summer, there’s so much you have to look forward to. Here are a few suggestions for your summer journey to Smith Mountain Lake.

Time to Enjoy the Water

If there was ever a time to really enjoy Smith Mountain Lake, it is definitely the summertime. Smith Mountain Lake is home to a number of waterways that can be used for everything from fishing to paddling. If you are an angler, expect to meet plenty of kinfolks that come from miles around to enjoy some of the largest stripers in the country. If a leisurely day of sailing on Smith Mountain Lake sounds like something you’re interested in, rent a boat at one of the marinas to enjoy a day out on the lake. There are also a host of other water activities that you can enjoy such as wakeboarding, paddling, and boating.

Adventure Awaits You in Smith Mountain Lake

Now that the weather is warmer, it’s time to push yourself to the limit and enjoy more adventurous activities. Put your fears aside and consider booking an aerial tour where you’ll be able to enjoy a panoramic view of Smith Mountain Lake. If staying close to the ground is your preference, consider taking a day trip to the local caves where you can thoroughly explorer the terrain of the naturally occurring caves in Smith Mountain Lake. Get your mountain biking gear and head up to several of the popular trails such as Explore Park, Mill Mountain Park, and Carvins Cove. At these particular trails, you get to thoroughly enjoy the complexity of the trails while testing your own mountain biking skills.

Enjoy Time at the Booker T. Washington National Monument

If you’re headed to Smith Mountain Lake in the summer months and your passion for outdoor adventure is only rivaled by your passion for history, then a stop at the Booker T. Washington National Monument has the potential to be the highlight of your visit. Located at 12130 Booker T. Washington Highway in Hardy, this monument and living museum is a great place to stop by and learn more about this teacher and leader that came into the world through a system of slavery. The monument is impressive and informative and incorporates a 207-acre tobacco farm which can be viewed and surveyed on foot. Many guests that head this way pack a picnic lunch to accompany their insightful journey which promises to be eye-opening as well as inspiring. The monument is open to the public daily between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Head to Roanoke and Visit the Many Museums

If you’re looking to sprinkle in some creativity into your summer getaway this direction, you don’t have to look far. Head over to nearby Roanoke which is known for it’s many fun stops that include a long lineup of museums that feature the best of art, science, and some truly one-of-a-kind exhibits! Those who are into retro gaming and arcades won’t want to miss their chance to stop by the Pinball Museum which highlights how games have changed through time. A stop at the Taubman Museum of Art speaks to those with a passion for local and big-name masterpieces while an afternoon at the Transportation Museum provides unique insight on how technology has shaped the way we move! From science centers to children’s museums, time spent in this area during your summer getaway is a good route to customizing your vacation to fit the interests of travelers of all ages!

Fuel Up by Making the Most of Savory Stops

While your summer adventures in Smith Mountain Lake are likely to include festivals, fun time on the water, and exploration by way of bike and foot that put you in touch with fantastic scenery—at the end of it all, you’ll always have an appetite to attend to. Fortunately, Smith Mountain Lake is also home to a variety of savory stops that are worth checking out while you’re in town! Jakes’ Place in Moneta is a great place to dine on pizza and jalapeno poppers while Drifter’s offers up mouthwatering seafood selections and tacos too! Just looking for a quick caffeine fix in charming surroundings? A stop at The Smith Mountain Lake Coffee House is a treat for your tastebuds.

Summertime Events Galore

One of the best things about summertime is that everyone is out and about thoroughly enjoying the warm weather. With summertime comes lots of festivals throughout Smith Mountain Lake that you are sure to enjoy. Smith Mountain Lake does it big when it comes to independence day. You’ll be able to enjoy two separate Independence Day celebrations. One is specifically at Smith Mountain Lake and the second at Poplar Forest. Music lovers are in for a treat as there are several music festivals such as The Black Dog Americana Music Festival and The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming.

When it comes to summer at Smith Mountain Lake, there is much to look forward to. Book into our Summer Rentals to better enjoy your time here!