Although situated on the second largest body of freshwater in the state, Smith Mountain Lake State Park is not just for water enthusiasts. In addition to a full range of water related activities, including swimming, fishing and boating, the park offers miles of hiking trails, housekeeping cabins, camping, picnicking, a visitor center and interpretive programs.

very nice trails. we saw two groups of deer and one group of humans. There are many benches on the trails. bring something to cover them so you can sit without getting dirty. several trails go to the finger peninsula. great lake views

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Nice view lake over flow side walk onto trial

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Another pretty trail through the woods at Smith Mountain Lake State Park. It includes some limited water views, as it travels along a finger of the lake. It is easy to combine with other park trails, and there is parking at either end.

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My favorite of the five trails that I hiked at Smith Mountain Lake State Park. It is a scenic loop through the woods that follows the shore in places, with occasional glimpses of the beautiful lake. The clear highlight however is when the trail makes its way over a narrow strip of land and a small bridge to the little island. The panoramic lake views were amazing on a spectacular fall day. I wish I had been able to linger there longer. It is easy to combine with other park trails, and there is parking at the trailhead.

I parked at the visitor center and started out on this trail, combining it with Striper Cove and Turkey Foot for a very nice three mile loop. There are beautiful views of the lake from the wooded trail. I was able to catch some of the last fall color in the trees on a gorgeous late fall day.