Smith Mountain Lake is a picturesque locale with much you can see and do all throughout the year. However, the season that you decide to visit Smith Mountain Lake during will depend on the kind of experience you’re looking for, as well as other details. Below, we’ve put together a brief guide to help you figure out which time of year would be the most ideal for planning your vacation in Smith Mountain Lake. Read on to learn more!

Reasons to Enjoy the Seasons of Smith Mountain Lake

In Smith Mountain Lake, the seasons and holidays can best be broken up into low season, mid-season, and peak season.

Peak season takes place during the months of Memorial through Labor Day. If you decide to visit Smith Mountain Lake during this time, keep in mind that rental rates are at their highest, but the weather is usually at its most perfect for lakeside activities. The majority of restaurants, retail shops, and rental stores are in full operative mode for the season.

Annual events that occur during this time include the Lakeside Singers Concert, Lyrics on the Lake, the Juneteenth Celebration at Booker T. Washington National Monument, Independence Day celebrations all throughout the Smith Mountain Lake area, D-Day Memorial laying of the wreath in June, pirate-themed events and specials during Pirate Days, and the Smith Mountain Lake Cardboard Regatta.

Mid-season is considered to span the weeks before and after summer, during which time the weather is warm and pleasant, but there aren’t as many visitors to create crowds. There are also normally a few modest discounts you can take advantage of for your vacation rental, as well.

During mid-season, things to do around Smith Mountain Lake VA include events like the Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tournament, the Smith Mountain Lake Beer and BBQ Festival, the Jubal Early Bluegrass Festival, various 5K and 10K races for different causes, the Harvest Time Festival, the Smith Mountain Lake Antique & Classic Boat Show and Festival, the Franklin County Agricultural Fair, the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival, the Bedford County Fair, the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour, and the Bridgewater Fall Festival. Smith Mountain Lake is particularly famous for its wine festival, making it the highlight of the year’s second mid-season.

Low season lasts from mid-November through mid-MArch. The low season has its benefits; the weather is mild, there are fewer visitors, and there are often heavy discounts. However, something to keep in mind is that many rental stores, retail shops, and restaurants close down during the slower season. During the low season, you can attend the Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival and various Christmas-themed events around the lake.

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