Nestled within the gorgeous panorama of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Smith Mountain Lake is a fantastic destination for vacationers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. When you’re here, the last thing you want is for the stress of finding your way around the Smith Mountain Lake area to take away from your vacation experience. With this in mind, we’ve put together a brief guide on how to get around Smith Mountain Lake with ease. Read on below to learn more!

Travel by Land or by Lake

Automobile and boat travel are the two main ways to explore Smith Mountain Lake and get to where you need to go.

The roads around Smith Mountain Lake are well-maintained but tend to be winding and have narrow shoulders. This means that drivers should be doubly alert for cars and touring bicyclists. There are several State dedicated cycle routes that are often daily used. Most of the attractions and activities that Smith Mountain Lake has to offer on land or on the lake itself are just a short drive or bike ride away from your vacation rental property.

If you’re flying into the Smith Mountain Lake area from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport in the nearby city of Roanoke, there are quite a few car rental companies you can choose from. National Car Rental, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis Car Rental, and Hertz are all located on-site at the airport. Smith Mountain Lake also offers a private airport for those that need it for their private planes.

The other way to get around Smith Mountain Lake is by boat. All of the lakefront vacation rentals that we offer come with private docks or easy dock access. Additionally, the majority of the lake’s restaurants and retailers are accessible by boat.

There’s a plethora of Smith Mountain Lake boat rentals to choose from. At the northwestern end of the lake, you can rent out a boat from places like Bridgewater Marina, Captain’s Quarters, and Halesford Harbour Boat Rentals. At the southeastern end of the lake, Smith Mountain Boat Rentals, State Park Boat Rentals, Bernard’s Boat Rentals, and SML Boat Rentals at Mitchell’s Point Marina all provide boat rentals. We also have our own private boat company that works with us – they drop off and picks up the boat at your vacation home. Once booked – we can assist you with this

Rental Vehicle

When you touch down at the airport, your mind is on many different things at once. From where you stowed your carry-on to gathering everyone together to exit the plane just getting off the plane is a task of its own. As you go down your mental checklist, you may sigh in relief that your rental vehicle is waiting for you just outside the doors of the airport rental desk and you’re moments away from starting your vacation. Check in, grab the keys, and head off on your Smith Mountain Lake adventure. There is no need for a mask when you’re driving a private rental vehicle.

On Foot

The small community of Smith Mountain Lake is easily navigated with your own two feet. Whether you’re walking, hiking, or riding a bike, you can get some exercise and fresh mountain air while getting from point A to point B. Not every location is walkable, so you’ll want to make sure you have another mode of transportation for restaurants and attractions that are out of town. There’s no need for a mask when you’re setting out on your own on foot.


You may need something with two or four wheels to get you around on land, but when you want to get out on the water or get from one side of the lake to the other. Rent your own vessel and take to the water and take advantage of float-up restaurants and other services that are available dockside. We also offer boating services to guests who book a stay with us; you can even have your boat delivered directly to your rental home’s dock!

Why Book with Us?

When you stay in a vacation rental provided by Premier Vacation Rentals Smith Mountain Lake, you’ll enjoy spreading out to unwind and enjoy your vacation however you want. You’ll enjoy the easy access to the many area attractions, along with unique shops, dining, and more in the surrounding area. Smith Mountain Lake offers guests a vacation full of memories that will keep you coming back time and again. Contact us to book your stay in a vacation rental and start planning your getaway today!

Premier Vacation Rentals – Your Guides to All Things Smith Mountain Lake

Let our vacation experts help you plan your greatest vacation yet! Find out more about the ins and outs of Smith Mountain Lake, as well as the exciting activities and intriguing attractions you can experience during your time here when you book your stay in one of our lovely vacation rentals today!