The 37-acre Smith Mountain Lake Community Park is a family-oriented facility providing swimming, fishing, and family recreation.
The park is open year-round from dawn until dusk, and it offers a partly-covered handicap accessible fishing pier with seating, picnic shelters with grill, playground area, restrooms, hiking, jogging, and a beach with lifeguards on duty when open.
The park includes 3 miles of pleasant lake and wooded view hiking. Entry and exit points are scattered throughout the park.
From Roanoke – Head south on Williamson Rd SE toward Bullitt Ave SE. Turn right onto Elm Ave W then turn left onto S Jefferson St. Take a left onto Walnut Ave SE and continue until you reach Piedmont St SE where you will make a left turn. Nearly 400 ft after that turn right onto Riverland Rd SE. Continue onto VA-116 S/Mt Pleasant Blvd SE for 13.3 miles. Turn right onto VA-122 S then turn left onto SR-670. Go 6.9 miles then turn left onto SR-668. Continue onto Lovely Valley Rd. Take 122 toward Westlake, at Scruggs Road take a right, and then follow the park signs to wind your way into the beautiful park.
Brooks Mill Winery is a small farm fruit winery operated by H.T. and Rhonda Page near SMith Mountain Lake in Franklin County, Virginia. We have been making fruit wine as a hobby for more than 16 years.
From dry dinner wines to sweet dessert wines, Brooks Mill has a wine for you. The winery also has several award-winning wines, including the popular Blackberry (Fingerlakes Wine Competition bronze medal), Blueberry (Fingerlakes Wine Competition gold medal), and Pear dessert wine (Fingerlakes Wine Competition bronze medal).
The winery also grows blueberries, pears, apples, peaches, and cherries.
The tasting room is open Thursday through Monday from March to December; call for hours the rest of the year.
Roanoke natives Roger and Judy Furrow started in the early 1980s with an experimental vineyard on Smith Mountain Lake. Later, they purchased a nearby farm and started Hickory Hill Vineyards in 2001.
Hickory Hill wines are made in a light and fruity style and began earning medals with the very first vintage. The more classic wines, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Franc, and Merlot have hints of French oak. The Smith Mountain Lake series (Mist, Country Red, Sunset, and Redbud) are 100 percent stainless steel. The Vidal Blanc, a consistent award winner, is fermented out dry and aged in stainless steel.
Hickory Hill offers complimentary vineyard and winery tours, wine tastings, has a scenic picnic area, and is home to the summer music series Sunset Saturday. The tasting room and gift shops are open Wednesday though Sunday from April through October and on Saturdays and holiday Mondays in the winter.
Ramulose Ridge Vineyards is located minutes from Smith Mountain Lake with a spanning view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The family vineyard was started in 2004 and is run by the Ramakers.
The winery offers a selection of white and red wines and offers wine and cigar pairings on site.
The tasting room is open daily.
Located on Smith Mountain Lake, Bridgewater Marina rents canoes and kayaks from Smith Mountain Lake State Park. State Park Rentals is conveniently located right on the beach in the park and features some of the most beautiful scenery on the lake. Rent a paddleboat, kayak, canoe, paddleboard, pontoon boat, runabout, waverunner, or tube, kneeboard, wakeboard, or skis.
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