, 2023-04-13 05:23:53,
While Virginia only has two natural lakes, there are dozens of manmade lakes scattered throughout the state, from the pastoral Piedmont to the highlands of the Blue Ridge. And, even better, many of these lakes were designed as recreational destinations – offering opportunities for swimming, fishing, and boating. While Virginia is dappled with stunning lakes, here are just a few of the most beautiful lakes in the state.
Smith Mountain Lake
Located just 35 miles from Roanoke, in the shadow of eponymous Smith Mountain, southwest Virginia’s Smith Mountain Lake is the second largest lake in Virginia, serving up 20,600 acres of water along with more than 500 miles of shoreline. Created by damming the Blackwater and Roanoke Rivers, the lake was completed in 1960s – and has been a recreational hub for more than as half century. Today, there are more than a dozen marinas scattered around the lake, offering boat and paddleboard rentals, and waterfront restaurants. Along the northern side of the lake, Smith Mountain Lake State Park offers swimming areas, hiking trails, seasonal camping, and lakeside cabins with boat docks.
Surrounded by more than 20,000 acres of…
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