The park's visitor center sits on a knoll and is surrounded by Smith Mountain Lake on three sides. The views are terrific. Lake View Trail and Tobacco Run Trail venture off from the expansive lawn.
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Stop by the visitor center for a history lesson, science lesson, park brochures, or comfort stop
There are interpretive exhibits, restrooms, park information, drinking fountain, soft drink machines, picnic shelter, and meeting space in or near the complex. A playground designed for 5-12 year olds is found on the backside of the visitor center.
Exhibits include wildlife, insects, an active bee hive, whiskey still, bird viewing area, and a hands-on table for small children. Cultural exhibits reflect the area's past. The gift shop and information center are run by the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake, a volunteer group made up of citizens who reside in the lake area.
Directions from Lynchburg, VA: Travel south on U.S. Highway 29 for 6 miles. Turn west (right) onto Rt. 24. Travel 15 miles to Rt. 707 and turn left. Travel 1 mile. Turn left (south) onto Rt. 43 and travel 2 miles. Turn right (west) onto Rt. 626 and travel 11 miles to the park entrance. After passing the contact station, make a left onto Interpretive Trail Road. Follow to the end.
Directions from Roanoke, VA: Take Rt. 24 east for approximately 22 miles. Turn south (right) on Rt. 43 and travel 2 miles. Turn right (west) onto Rt. 626 and travel 11 miles to the park entrance. After passing the contact station, make a left onto Interpretive Trail Road. Follow to the end.