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Smith Mountain Lake State Park


Elevation: 866 ft.

Smith Mountain Lake lies southeast of Roanoke along the Smith River. The Appalachian Power Company dammed the river for hydrological power production and the reservoir reached full pond in 1966. The picturesque Smith Mountain Lake State Park sits on the north shore of the lake, providing one of the few public access points to the lake. Equipped with an excellent visitor’s center, the park offers outdoor enthusiasts a swimming beach, boat landing, and a variety of nature trails. Birds found in the area include red-bellied and downy woodpeckers, northern flicker, eastern wood-pewee, eastern phoebe, eastern kingbird, eastern bluebird, chipping and song sparrows, and eastern meadowlark. Wild turkey can often be seen crossing the roads in the park, especially early in the morning. The lake is also worth careful investigation since it supports nesting osprey as well as interesting water birds that could turn up anytime of year. The gardens around the visitor center have been successfully planted to attract butterflies. Butterflies to look for include swallowtails, common buckeye, silver-spotted skipper, and several smaller skippers.


Physical Address: 1235 State Park Rd., Huddleston, VA 24104

From Moneta, head southeast on SR-608/White House Road, turn right onto SR-626/Smith Mountain Lake Parkway, then turn right onto State Park Road.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (540) 297-6066
  • Website
  • Access: Parking Fee, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Smith Mountain Lake State Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • American Crow
  • Carolina Wren
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Tree Swallow

Seasonal Bird Observations


  • Visitor/Nature Center
  • Bike Trails
  • Camping
  • Environmental Study Area
  • Fee
  • Food
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Lodging
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Canoe/Kayak Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Beach