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Located along the shoreline of Smith Mountain Lake, Smith Mountain Lake State Park covers around 1,100-acres and offers a range of recreational facilities. The area around Smith Mountain State Park is hilly, dotted with woodland, and also features a great deal of farmland.

To the northwest, and on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the city of Roanoke, while the city of Lynchburg is just a few miles northeast. Further south is the large city of Greensboro, NC, which has various attractions and a great shopping center for all your needs. Opened to the public in 1983, the state park is a popular site for swimming, boating and fishing thanks to the large lake, but it’s also perfect for hiking, picnics, and camping.

RV camping at Smith Mountain Lake State Park is a great choice for a peaceful location, and plenty of opportunities to explore the local area. Book an RV in Bedford County and enjoy a great family vacation exploring this beautiful area.

Getting outdoors

With such a huge lake on its doorstep, it’s not surprising that one of the most popular pastimes here is swimming, or simply enjoying the 500-foot man-made sandy beach. Make sure to pack your swimsuit in your camper. The beach has lifeguards from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day, and visitors are able to swim in the lake for a small fee. Outside these times, unguarded swimming is available at your own risk.

Fishing and boating are also popular. Rental boats, canoes, kayaks, and various powered boats are available in the park during the season, and available off-site during the winter. There is great fishing on Smith Mountain Lake, with a wide variety of fish to be caught. Keen anglers will be able to catch bass and catfish, along with many other species of fish. Grab the family and go enjoy a day of fishing together. A license is required to fish in the state of Virginia, and these can be purchased at various places around the park.

Smith Mountain Lake State Park has over 13 hiking routes for you to explore, ranging from easy half-mile loops to more strenuous three-mile routes. An easy hike for the whole family is the Turtle Island Trail that is just over a mile long but offers lovely views over the Chesapeake Bay and beyond. Dogs are allowed on the park but must be under control at all times.

Another relatively easy trail is Buck Run Trail, that is a 2.5 mile out and back route that also accepts dogs on a leash. This trail is classed as moderate and has an elevation change of around 242 feet. You’ll find many more trails of various difficulties in the local area when you book RV camping at Smith Mountain Lake State Park.

Camping at Smith Mountain Lake State Park

Camping at Smith Mountain Lake State Park is simple enough, and the campground offers a stunning location, right on the water's edge. Book RV camping at Smith Mountain Lake State Park, and enjoy all that the park has to offer.

With pull-thru sites, electric hookup, and large sites, this could be a great campground for your RV rental vacation. There are not a huge amount of facilities, but there are flushing toilets and hot showers in the restrooms. Pets are allowed at the campsite, so don't leave your furry friend at home.

Exploring the area

With few facilities on the park, the nearest town for gas and supplies is Roanoke to the northwest. This town is just a few miles drive in your rental RV and has all the services you will need, including gas stations, shopping and places to eat.

While in Roanoke, the Virginia Museum of Transportation may be an interesting place to visit. Opened in 1963, the museum originally began as a railway museum located in the Norfolk and Western Railway freight depot. The museum now includes collections from rail, road, sea, and air across numerous different exhibits. Many will enjoy the modeling clubs exhibits, including the three different scale model railway exhibits. Definitely, a place to visit for budding engineers.

Just north in the town of Bedford is the National D-Day Memorial. The 88-acre memorial was dedicated on the 6th of June, 2001 by President George W. Bush and now receives around 60,000 visitors each year. Bedford was chosen as the location as so many soldiers from the small town were killed on D-Day, out of a total population of just 3,200. It represented the most severe D-Day loss of any American town.

RV Rentals in Smith Mountain Lake State Park, VA

Smith Mountain Lake State Park, VA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Outdoorsy's Smith Mountain Lake State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Smith Mountain Lake State Park, VA

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Popular Nearby Trails

Hiking Trail Location
Interpretive Trail Loop Smith Mountain Lake State Park, VA
Buck Run Trail Smith Mountain Lake State Park, VA
Turtle Island Trail Smith Mountain Lake State Park, VA
Jack O Lantern Branch Trail Booker T. Washington National Monument, VA
VA Explore Park Trail Roanoke, VA
Tinker Creek Greenway Trail Roanoke, VA
Star Trail Roanoke, VA
Chestnut Ridge Trail Roanoke, VA
Blue Ridge Parkway South: Roanoke to North Carolina Roanoke, VA
Buck Mountain Overlook Trail Roanoke, VA

Popular Nearby Campgrounds

Campground Location
Smith Mountain Campground Franklin County, VA
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Explore Park Roanoke County, VA
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Deer Run Campground Franklin County, VA
Lynchburg RV Campbell County, VA
Middle Creek Campground Botetourt County, VA
Paradise Lake and Campground Pittsylvania County, VA
Lynchburg / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA Amherst County, VA
Paradise Lake Family Campground Appomattox County, VA

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Recommendations for Smith Mountain Lake State Park, VA from Outdoorsy Owners

Smith Mountain Lake State Park

A beautiful State Park with great fishing, boating, skiing and a nice beach.

Dog-friendly Cheap Hiking Fishing Kid-friendly Good weather Overnight Day trip
Oct 15, 2017

Recent Outdoorsy trips to Smith Mountain Lake State Park, VA


Hiked, hiked, hiked. Walked around the lake. Built a campfire. Drove to go apple picking. Quality family time.

Dog-friendly Elbow Room Quiet Family Friendly Most Beautiful Hiking Kid-friendly Good weather
Oct 28, 2019