Roanoke, Lynchburg and Danville are just over the rolling hills and mountains from Smith Mountain Lake. They offer the visitor additional sightseeing, shopping, cultural and educational experiences plus a big town atmosphere.
Roanoke: The Star City with the world's largest free-standing man-made star. Located in the heart of Virginia other attractions include the Mill Mountain Zoo, Center in the Square featuring the Science Museum and Taubman Museum of Art, Transportation Museum, Blue Ridge Parkway, Wineries, and more. www.roanoke.org
Lyncburg: Located in Central Virginia, Lynchburg has many attractions to offer as well as shopping and entertainment. With loads of historical buildings including the Lynchburg Museum and the Old City Cemetery.
Danville: Danville has small-town charm, but is also full of exciting new adventures. There are a wide variety of activities and outdoor festivals and events to attend as well as great shopping in the revitalized downtown area!
If you’re looking for more nature, scenery, history or sports, there are several interesting places to visit on day trips from Smith Mountain Lake. Here are just a few:
Charlottesville: Home to the University of Virginia and surrounded by presidential homes and beautiful horse country.
Appomattox: Where Lee surrendered to Grant and the Civil War ended.
Lexington: Stonewall Jackson’s home, the George Marshall Museum, Lime Kim Theatre and the Virginia Horse Center.
Natural Bridge: One of the original Seven Wonders of the World.
Wintergreen: Resort for skiing in the winter and fun in the summer.
Martinsville: Big-time auto racing events, Fairy Stone State Park and the Virginia Museum of Natural History.
Blacksburg:Home of the Hokies! Small town charm with a lively community that will welcome you with open arms upon your first visit. The town is full of enthusiasm with opportunities for events, culture and much more.
Catawba: Here you will find hiking opportunities because of the Appalachian Trail that passes right through it! You will also find delicious home-cooked southern food at "The Home Place" restaurant! Great day trip. Only about an hour from the lake!
Peaks of Otter: At Peaks of Otter you'll find a wonderful dining experience, hiking, beautiful views, a great lodge, a winery, and much more. Great for a romantic getaway!
Check out the websites listed above to help plan your outing. Be sure to stop by our Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center, a regional Virginia State Visitor Center. We have the Virginia State Travel Guides, maps, brochures and lots of information to help you plan your stay and make your vacation enjoyable. Another great site for Virginia Tourism is the state tourism site: www.virginia.org