The Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists encourage you visit the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake State Park.
|Dick LeRoy (BRFAL) and Sara (Park Staff)|
A visit in the off-season will allow you to hike or bike the trails and with the leaves down the views are spectacular! The park is 1,248 acres, and in addition to the trails you will find great fishing opportunities and even housekeeping cabins that are rentable year-round. While there, be sure to stop in at the Visitor Center and be sure to see the Interpretive Center where you will find the BRFAL Chapter's Wood Duck Nesting Box Display.
The park’s visitor center, built in 2009, handles guest services and contains a small gift shop. Displays and interpretive exhibits are now being fabricated and installed there. The park's Discovery Center, which is near the park's interpretive trail, has exhibits on the history and folklore of the area and the lake’s aquatic environment. Call the park at 540-297-6066 for dates and hours of operation. The Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park manages the gift shop and helps operate the Discovery Center.
|Rich Brager and Dick LeRoy installing new nesting boxes for the wood ducks|
|Securing the new baffle to keep the squirrels and other critters out of the boxes|
Learn more about Smith Mountain Lake State Park here. The park is on the north shore of Smith Mountain Lake in Bedford County, approximately 40 miles from both Lynchburg and Roanoke and 140 miles from Richmond. Click here for a Google map.
Want to learn more about the Virginia Master Naturalist Program? Click here.