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Living in Smith Mountain Lake, VA

Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, covers over 20,000 acres. Created to produce electricity by damning the Roanoke and Blackwater rivers, the lake is 40 miles long; current residents benefit from more than electrical production. The shoreline totals approximately 500 miles in length and offers a relaxing residential option for those working, learning, or retiring in the area.

Relaxing Lake-Front Living

Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, is approximately 20-40 miles from both Roanoke and Lynchburg, depending on which end of the lake you live on. Smaller towns, such as Moneta and Huddleston, are located on or near the lake, allowing for residents living in Smith Mountain Lake to work in nearby towns or bigger cities. The lake is surrounded by mountains, providing gorgeous views for many homeowners, whether their property is located directly on the water or not.

Residents with Smith Mountain Lake real estate on the waterfront often have access to private coastline and docks, which are used for water sports, fishing, and swimming on a regular basis. Those living in Smith Mountain Lake, VA, without private access to the lake can take advantage of public access through locations, such as Smith Mountain Lake Community Park. The park features 37 acres along the lake and includes a public beach that opens from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year. The lake is a draw for tourists, but residents can beat the crowds by heading out early or later in the day, or by taking advantage of public beaches on weekdays when regional schools are still in session.

Easy Access to Two Cities

Many Smith Mountain Lake neighborhoods offer easy access to either Lynchburg or Roanoke. The lake itself covers area in three counties. The eastern end of the lake is closer to Lynchburg, where you can access Liberty University and an historic downtown area, as well as most major chain shopping and dining experiences. The west end of the lake is closer to Roanoke, where you'll find a bustling downtown, numerous museums, and hundreds of shopping and dining locations. Closer to home, Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, offers its own retail and dining services, including several major grocery stores. Marinas, family entertainment options, and two YMCA locations are also all located in the area.

A Diverse Housing Market

Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, features a robust and diverse real estate market. You'll find country estates, shoreline bungalows, and traditional suburban neighborhoods in the area. Homes for sale in Smith Mountain Lake include townhomes and condos in both luxury and economy developments, as well as stand-alone residences that range from single-bedroom cottages to six-bedroom, two-story, faux-Colonial homes.


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  • Recreational sports fans head to the Smith Mountain Lake Community Park, which features a public beach and fishing pier, perfect for fishing, surfing, and swimming. There’s also a playground and walking trails.
  • Suburban comforts, including restaurants and shops plus family-friendly destinations, like the YMCA, are all located within town.


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