Aptly named, Lake View Trail is a yellow-blazed path that offers panoramic views of Smith Mountain and the expansive, sparkling lake. The trail begins from behind the visitor center, where a small playground for 5 - 12 year olds is tucked away. Parent bench offered.
This 1-mile hike is so easy that it really won't feel like a mile hike. The path is very wide and may serve as a service road for park employees. As with the other park trails, this too, is very scenic especially at the point where the trail extends out onto a mowed peninsula where visitors may rest beneath a shady gazebo. Views of the resort community are very obvious from this point. Other sights include the beginnings of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the park's huge 600' seasonal beach and the miles of snug fishing coves. Birdsong was broken by an occasional powerboat.
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 to visitor center parking lot. Trail begins to the right of the building.
Elevation: 600 feet
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
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