Smith Mountain Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide


The state park sits on the north shore of Smith Mountain Lake in Bedford County, about 40 miles from Roanoke and Lynchburg and 140 miles from Richmond. Smith Mountain Lake was formed in 1960 and today it's the second-largest freshwater lake in Virginia. This place is a charming water enthusiast's paradise with plenty of water activities, including boating, a fishing pier, a sandy beach, and cool swimming. The park offers spectacular views of the hardwood forests, secluded coves, pines, and picturesque vistas. This beautiful park environment is the home to wildlife animals like chipmunks, raccoons, turkeys, deer, and squirrels. 

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Spring 38-77 F
Summer 62-89 F
Fall 39-80 F
Winter 28-48 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Smith Mountain Lake State Park

When planning a visit to any state park, you'll want to make sure your camping accommodations are up to your standards. If you're not the rustic type but want the camping experience, then consider renting an RV. RVshare makes it easy on its peer-to-peer platform to find an RV within your budget and family requirements. All rentals come with 24/7 roadside assistance and nationwide insurance.

Eagle’s Roost Campground

Eagle’s Roost Campground offers RV seasonal sites with water, electric, and sewer hookups. It's a seasonal site-only campground with three dump stations, two bathhouses, and public restrooms in the office. This pet-friendly campground is the ideal place to go geocaching, hiking, fishing, boating, and golfing. Many vineyards are within an hour's drive from the campground.

Sweet Water RV Park

Sweet Water RV Park is a short 3-mile drive from the state park and features RV sites with partial and full hookup availability. All sites are set up with a picnic table and fire ring. The campground has an underground swimming pool to keep you cool on hot days. Amenities offered here include cable TV, a dump station, a laundry facility, a camp store, and a propane refill station.

Camp Karma

Camp Karma features 36 primitive campsites that are ideal for tent campers, small trailers, and pop-ups measuring up to 25 to 28 feet. This 42-acre campground has a pond, hiking trails, a camp store, and a recreational field. With the campground being located between Roanoke and Lynchburg, you'll have plenty of family entertainment nearby.

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What to Do at
Smith Mountain Lake State Park

Inside Smith Mountain Lake State Park

Inside Smith Mountain Lake State Park, you can explore the sites on 13 hiking trails that meander through the hardwood forest, extraordinary vistas, pine trees, and secluded coves. The park features a 500-foot beach with lifeguarded swimming from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Boat fishing is a popular activity on the lake and is perfect for catching smallmouth bass, catfish, striped bass, and largemouth bass. Enjoy more watersport activities by renting a canoe, paddleboat, pontoon boat, kayak, ski boat, hydro bike, or jet ski from the park office. Other exciting activities inside the state park are camping, picnicking, birdwatching, and wildlife observation.

Outside Smith Mountain Lake State Park

Once you have gone fishing and hiking and have had the chance to explore the inside of Smith Mountain Lake State Park, it's time to see the area surrounding it. You'll find a wide variety of restaurants with American, Italian, and Japanese food options. At the shops, you're sure to find everything you need, including a souvenir to take home with you. Rich culture, memorials, and a variety of vineyards are also within the nearby cities.


Edo Grill and Sushi

Edo Grill and Sushi is a family-owned and -operated business that sells authentic Japanese foods. All of the meals contain very little oil and are prepared fresh to order.

Type: Japanese

Location: 1035 Mercantile Street, Moneta, VA 24121

Casa D’ Amici

Casa D’ Amici serves up delicious genuine Italian foods in a down-to-earth atmosphere. Order traditional dishes like lasagna, alfredo, and spaghetti.

Type: Italian

Location: 1100 Celebration Avenue, Moneta, VA 24121

Heath's Waterfront Grill

Enjoy a beautiful view of the Smith Mountain Lake while eating a juicy steak, seafood platter, or burger at Heath's Waterfront Grill. The restaurant also provides full catering service for special events.

Type: American

Location: 1217 Graves Harbor Trail, Huddleston, VA 24104

New London Steak House

New London Steak House specializes in making steak the way you like it with a delicate taste of juicy flavors to be savored with every bite. The restaurant also serves stuffed tilapia, grilled chicken, and burgers.

Type: American

Location: 4312 New London Road, Forest, VA 24551

Portside Grill & Bar

Portside Grill & Bar is an outdoor restaurant right on South Mountain Lake that serves tasty pub food with a delicious twist of its specialty "no-name" hot sauce.

Type: American

Location: 3619 Airport Road, Moneta, VA 24121


Bob's Up The Creek Outfitters

Bob's Up The Creek Outfitters offers a great selection of fishing and rigging supplies, lifestyle apparel, and other accessories. Fishing kayaks, tandem kayaks, and motorized kayaks are also sold here.

Location: 1100 Celebration Avenue, Moneta, VA 24121

Comfort & Joy Clothing and Jewelry Boutique

Comfort & Joy Clothing and Jewelry Boutique features a lavish supply of trendy women's clothes from all over the world. Custom jewelry is also available at this boutique.

Location: 400 Scruggs Road Suite 800, Moneta, VA 24121

Walmart Supercenter

Walmart Supercenter has grocery items, jewelry, household supplies, and clothing for the entire family. You can also find fishing, hunting, and camping supplies.

Location: 1126 East Lynchburg Salem Turnpike, Bedford, VA 24523

Food Lion

Food Lion is the ideal place to get fresh baked goods, fruits, vegetables, and other grocery items. Baby and pet supplies are also available at this market.

Location: 14807 Moneta Road, Moneta, VA 24121

Dollar General

Seasonal deals can always be found at Dollar General, such as holiday candy, spring, summer, fall, and winter décor, and outdoor living supplies. Health, beauty, and personal care supplies are also available at this discount store.

Location: 2218 Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, Huddleston, VA 24104


The National D-Day Memorial

The National D-Day Memorial is a place to honor those who served in the military to maintain our freedom. Educational tours are offered, but patrons are not required to attend the walking tour. With a paid admission, visitors are free to explore the grounds, and a site map is provided to help you maneuver through the property. There is also a memorial store where you can get a souvenir to take home.

Location: Three Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA 24523

Seven Doors Winery

Experience the great taste of organic and biodynamic wines at this newly owned Seven Doors Winery. Taste wines from other organic wineries in Virginia. The winery grounds are the perfect place for a wedding or an engagement event.

Location: 5800 Johnson Mountain Road, Huddleston, VA 24104

Ramulose Ridge Vineyards

Ramulose Ridge Vineyards is the perfect place to kick back and to enjoy a new bottle of wine as you take in the spectacular and breathtaking views all around you. Step into the tasting room, and sample some of the award-winning wines. Ramulose Ridge features a 1,100 square-foot indoor venue and a 1,100 square-foot patio, making it the ideal place for any occasion.

Location: 3061 Hendricks Store Road, Moneta, VA 24121

Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch

Whether you're a skilled rider or just learning, Slocum's Appaloosa Ranch can give you the ride of your life. This place is the perfect place for taking a trail ride or horseback riding lessons. It also has horse camp opportunities for children starting at eight years old and up; adults are also welcome to join.

Location: 1674 Private Hills Lane, Moneta, VA 24121

The Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum

The Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum is the perfect place to spend the day and to learn the history of the Spencer family. From April through October, the historical museum and cottage are open for viewing. The garden area is open year-round. With a brochure conveniently tucked in a box just inside the gate, you're sure to find your way through the garden.

Location: 1313 Pierce Street, Lynchburg, VA 24501

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How to Get to
Smith Mountain Lake State Park

If you're traveling from the city of Huddleston, you'll want to head southwest on State Route 626 towards State Route 920 for 8.8 miles. Make a right onto Road 888, and follow signs to the state park.

Entering Smith Mountain Lake State Park

Smith Mountain Lake State Park is open daily from 8:15 a.m. – dusk.

Smith Mountain Lake State Park Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $7.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Smith Mountain Lake State Park

What is the climate of Smith Mountain Lake State Park?

Smith Mountain Lake State Park has a temperate climate, with minimal snow in the winter and moderate temperatures in the summer. The typical summer high is in the upper 80s.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Smith Mountain Lake State Park?

Bass, including the black, large, smallmouth, and striped species, make their home in the lake waters. Crappie, catfish, sunfish, and shad can also be caught. Keeping a careful watch while out in the park might reward you with a glimpse of muskrats or beavers.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Smith Mountain Lake State Park?

Smith Mountain Lake State Park has 24 designated camping sites. Of those sites, 19 are back-in, and 5 are pull-thru. Reservations are suggested for the prime season.

Are pets allowed at Smith Mountain Lake State Park?

Pets are permitted in the campgrounds and cabins but not in the public beach area. Pets must be attended to and cleaned up after. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required.

Is Smith Mountain Lake State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

Smith Mountain Lake State Park has one cabin with wheelchair-accessible entry and a bathroom. A fishing pier and one of the campsites are wheelchair-accessible.