Whether traveling, spending time in a vacation home, or looking for a second home to escape city living, if you love the water, chances are you have considered 'Lake Escapes.'
Different from traveling to exotic destinations, with their white-sand beaches, and turquoise waters, Lake Escapes are intimate, tranquil, and often nestled within a tree-scenic spot of heaven away from the maddening crowds!
Because folks are always asking us about Lake Escapes, we share 'hidden gem' Lake Escapes whenever we find them. We discovered two located in Virginia, in close proximity to Virginia's famed Blue Ridge.
Smith Mountain Lake
Smith Mountain Lake is probably one of Virginia's most popular lakes. It offers great recreational activities, approximately 500 miles of shoreline, a wide variety of water sports, and affordable lakefront real estate. This 20,600 acre "Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains" lake covers 32 square miles, with 500 miles of shoreline. Surrounded by mountains, not only is Smith Mountain Lake a scenic beauty, but it is a great destination for vacationing and recreation. It boasts plenty of retail stores,dozens of restaurants, a dozen marinas, and tourism services around the lake.
Smith Mountain Lake is home to about 18,000 permanent residents and covers parts of three Virginia counties: Franklin County, Bedford County, and Pittsylvania County. Average temps are 73F in summer and 41F in winter, with an annual rainfall averaging 43 inches. Annual snowfall averages 10 inches ...but the snow usually melts in a day or two.
Nearby Seventeen mile long Leesville Lake has 100-miles of beautiful wooded shoreline, is safe for water sports, healthy for fish and other habitat, and a tranquil haven for residents and visitors alike. The lake covers 3,270 acres containing 94,900 acre-feet of water when full. It begins at the base of Smith Mountain Dam and snakes 17 miles to
Leesville Dam which is just upstream from Leesville Virginia and the mouth of Goose Creek.
Water and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds - boaters, skiers, fishermen, swimmers, campers, hunters, nature lovers - find Smith Mountain and Leesville Lakes, the largest inland water recreation project located solely in Virginia, a recreational water wonderland. Due to a continuous program of stocking the lakes with millions of game fish by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the lakes are considered to be among the best fishing spots in the eastern part of the nation. Visitors will find picnic areas at both Smith Mountain and Leesville Dams, which are open to the public with shelters, tables, fireplaces, comfort stations and fountains.
Tourism, Relocation and Retirement
Conveniences like two large, modern supermarkets, a dozen banks, two YMCAs, two libraries, doctors, dentists, veterinarians, real estate brokers, attorneys, accountants, scores of independent retail stores, an urgent care center and an evacuation helicopter are located at Westlake, 30-45 minutes away from the lake in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Rocky Mount. This makes the two lakes ideal for not just tourism, but anyone looking to make Lake Living permanent, or for a second home...or vacation home. The two Lakes each offer a different lifestyle: Smith Mountain Lake is an active, vital lake with lots of boating and lake recreation; Leesville Lake - particularly its Runaway Bay Development - offers a more tranquil, serene Lake Lifestyle.
More information about vacationing at or owning your own Lakefront property at Smith Mountain Lake or Leesville Lake - HERE!