Lake Life: SML State Park
“There’s plenty of sand for everybody.”
Smith Mountain Lake State Park is a popular spot for beach goers!
“For the summer season, which is like three and a half months or so, for the beach area we have on average about 35,000 in the summer,” Brian Heft, SML State Park Park Manager with Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation said.
Most people are aware of beach here, but there’s more than just sand.
“We have a lot of people throughout the whole year that come, so we are open year round,” Heft said.
The campsite here is open:
“We have a 50-site campground, so we have some sites that are just for tents and we have some sites that have full hook-ups. So we have big motor homes that come in and they could stay up to two weeks. So we have people who come and vacation with us every summer.”
Cabins are available:
“Generally people stay a week at a time in the summertime. They have full amenities, they have beds, cots, they have microwaves, it’s home away from home.” he said.
And there are nature trails to hike on.
“The number one draw to any state park in Virginia is our hiking trails.”
There are 13 miles of trails, all of different levels.
“There’s one that’s fully accessible and that’s over by the visitor’s center, and that’s a short trail, it’s kind of introductory…so it’s very easy, but then we have some that are a little bit more difficult.”
And there are a lot of different programs offered, like junior rangers for the kids.
“We have hayrides, we have a tour boat that we get people out on the lake. We do moonlight tours,” he said.
But Heft says one of the best things about the state park is how much it means to people who visit.
“We just really try to get people outside, so we’re in the memory business, so we make a lot of really good memories for people,” Heft said.
If you’d like to visit SML State Park, visit the website for additional information: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/smith-mountain-lake .
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