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About the Lake

Smith Mountain Lake Beginnings

Smith Mountain Lake was created in 1966 when engineers dammed the Blackwater and Roanoke rivers flooding Smith Mountain Gap. American Electric Power (formerly Appalachian Power) built the Smith Mountain Dam and began making electricity for the surrounding communities. The lake covers over 40 miles with 20,000 acres of water, and is surrounded by 500 miles of shoreline. Today, the lake is a renowned recreational and retirement destination along with the best place to live to enjoy the “lake lifestyle”. Learn more >

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Smith Mountain Lake is a 30-45 minute drive from either Roanoke or Lynchburg. The lake covers parts of three Virginia counties: Franklin, Bedford, and Pittsylvania.

View an interactive map of the mountains surrounding the Roanoke Valley.

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Airport Access

The area is served by three airports:

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The recreational opportunities are outstanding with boating, fishing, and golfing being the most popular.

For boaters there are marinas conveniently located all over the lake. Fishermen love the lake for the citation striped bass.

For golfers, there are five golf courses ranging from public, to semi-private, to private.

Smith Mountain Lake State Park provides camping and recreational opportunities, including the Smith Mountain Lake Dam Visitors Center.

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Local Attractions

Within a short distance are:

Nearby Ferrum College (in Franklin County) boasts another national attraction, the acclaimed Blue Ridge Institute. Its outreach is through a museum, archives, records division and re-created German-American farmstead.

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Gourmet Dining

Local gourmet restaurants include The Landing and The Blackwater Cafe.

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Property Search

It’s easy to look at property online – just click on the links below:

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