Smith Mountain Lake is a great vacation destination year-round. Thousands of people flock to this Virginia hotspot every year, and planning a vacation is quite the task. In order to help you plan your amazing Smith Mountain Lake vacation, here is a list of the top five tourist spots in Virginia that you won’t want to miss when staying in the Smith Mountain Lake area.
Hickory Hill Vineyards
Hickory Hill Vineyards is an amazing and experimental winery that has been in business for almost 40 years. Donald and Wendy are the daughter and son-in-law of Hickory Hill Vineyards’ original owner, Roger Furrow, who still runs the vineyard today. Wendy and Roger have been involved in the running of the vineyard since the first grapes were planted in 1984. After long years of development and growth, they opened the tasting room in 2002 and have hit the ground running. Through painstaking development on flavor and aging, Hickory Hill Vineyards has earned over 80 medals and awards for their various vintages. They are open Wednesday to Sunday from 12-5pm and offer a reserved picnic area to try their wines. Along with their tasting packages, you can tour the winery and see the sprawling acres of grapes. In the summer you will see an amazing sight of fireflies bobbing through the vineyards. This is one of the most popular Virginia tourist attractions for couples traveling together.
Smith Mountain Lake Community Park
The Smith Mountain Lake Community Park is a must visit if you want to experience a traditional lake day. The Community Park has a bunch of amazing amenities to take advantage of. First, they have beach access to the lake complete with plenty of sand lounging area and lifeguards on duty. The beach area is really something to see and it’s like something right off the coast. Along with the beach access, you will see a handicapped accessible fishing pier, grilling area, hiking trails, kayak and canoe launch, picnic shelter, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, and a swimming lane. Around the community park, there is also 37 acres of land that you can hike and play around. Around these 37 acres are 1.7 miles of hiking trails as well. The cost of using the beach area is $3 for adults and children under 3 are free.
Mariner’s Landing is considered the Jewel of the Blue Ridge with year-round amenities and more than a thousand rolling acres nestled in the hills of Bedford County. Mariner’s Landing is one of the most picturesque year-round destinations with a golf course, resort, club amenities, and an inviting community. Mariner’s Landing Golf Course is a prestigious layout that sits on the edge of Smith Mountain Lake, with one of the best layouts in the area. Mariners Landing is an 18-hole championship golf course with an original design by the late Robert Trent Jones Sr. Their facility offers a clubhouse with a grill open to the public and a lounge area for members and their guests. Mariner’s Landing also has a golf practice facility offers driving range and putting green with a chipping area.
Virginia Dare Cruises and Marina
Virginia Dare Cruises and Marina offers everything you can possibly want to do on the lake. They have sightseeing cruises on the Virginia Dare that take you across the lake and let you see all of the sights. These cruises have multiple ticketing options that include the cruise only or packages that include food options. You will see Smith Mountain Lake State Park with its numerous walking trails and sandy beach. As you continue on the cruise, you will encounter homes on the private islands, Nantucket style housing development, sail boating club, the three islands, antique carousel, and osprey nests. The most interesting sight is definitely the underwater bridge as you arrive at the Smith Mountain Dam. The Marina also has the Portside Grill and Bar to grab some great food and drinks from Portside.
Smith Mountain Lake
Smith Mountain Lake is by far the most popular of the many Virginia tourist attractions in the area. This lake is amazingly beautiful and is the home to various wildlife and natural attractions. There are miles of hiking trails that lead around the lake and provide amazing views. The Smith Mountain Lake Dam is also an amazing sight that must be visited. You can walk across the dam and get amazing views of the water. One of our favorite things to do on the lake is hike around the various peninsulas on the lake; these are each like an interesting new habitat to explore. If you are visiting the area, you will for sure want to explore the lake.
After a day spent exploring local tourist spots in Virginia, you’ll want to come home to a comfortable rental home that enhances your stay. Contact us today to book one of our lakefront homes and enjoy a truly carefree vacation!