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An interpretive trail that travels to 10 - 11 different signs along the trail.

Visitors to Smith Mountain Lake can easily spot trailhead parking as they venture into the depths of the park. On the approach to the visitor center, a large parking area, information kiosk, picnic tables, and trail signs welcome the hiker.

This 1.3-mile trail is an interpretive path with 10 - 11 signs with photos describing the flora and fauna found within the park. The trail travels through a pine forest sprinkled with a mixture of red maples, yellow maples, dogwood, white ash, red bud, hickory, and red cedar. Several overlooks, including one overlooking Turtle Island, are particularly photogenic.

Restrooms and drinking water are a short drive way.

More serious hikers should check with park staff regarding trails at nearby Peaks of Otter and the private site of Westvaco.

Directions: From Lynchburg, VA, Travel south on U.S. Highway 29 for 6 miles. Turn west (right) onto Rt. 24. Travel 15 miles to Rt. 707 and turn left. Travel 1 mile. Turn left (south) onto Rt. 43 and travel 2 miles. Turn right (west) onto Rt. 626 and travel 11 miles to the park entrance. After passing the contact station, make a left onto Interpretive Trail Road. Follow until you reach trailhead parking. Signage is excellent.

Elevation: 600 feet

Elevation Gain: 100 feet

Distance: 1.3 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Virginia

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