During your Smith Mountain Lake vacation, there are amazing attractions to see both in town and nearby. If you’re wondering what to do in Smith Mountain Lake, read on below to learn more about our list of the top five sights in and around Smith Mountain Lake!
Smith Mountain Lake
Smith Mountain Lake itself is the 2nd largest lake in the entire state of Virginia. Our town’s namesake lake is vast, beautiful, and a great place to have fun out on the water. Take a sightseeing cruise around the lake on the Virginia Dare so you can soak up the idyllic atmosphere!
Peaks of Otter
These Bedford mountains are famous for their iconic, picturesque beautiful peaks that have drawn in countless visitors over the centuries—including Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee, who often wrote about their admiration for the Peaks of Otter. Visit the historic Peaks of Otter Lodge, take a tour of the Johnson Family Farm, or sample local wines at the Peaks of Otter Winery.
What to Do in Smith The Blue Ridge Parkway
One of the first stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway is located just outside of Roanoke. Here, you can begin your Smith Mountain Lake weekend getaway on the gorgeous and scenic Blue Ridge Parkway (which passes through the Peaks of Otter), or simply visit the Blue Ridge Visitors Center and learn more about the country’s longest continuous planned road, its famous historic sites, and its breathtaking surroundings.
The National D-Day Memorial
Located in Bedford, this phenomenal memorial is a sobering reminder of the sacrifices made by soldiers across the world on D-Day during World War II. The monument was dedicated in Bedford in 2001 because the town suffered the most soldier casualties in comparison to its population, at a higher rate than anywhere else in the country. Its intricate grounds and detailed exhibits are worth checking out.
Appomattox Court House
Just a short drive away from Smith Mountain Lake is the Appomattox Court House, where Confederate Commander Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia surrendered to General (and later President) Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865 and effectively ended the Civil War.
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