Smith Mountain Lake – 14 miles of multi use trail – trail is wide single track; cut by mini-dozer and skid steer. The trails are characterized by short, rolling hills with a few steep sections. Most trails have multiple views of the lake. I haven’t been down there for an official review, but plan to get there soon.
Location: From Roanoke take Route 24 east to Route 122 and turn right. Take this to White House Road (Route 608). This will take you to Smith Mountain Lake Parkway (Route 626). These are the easiest directions. There are faster ways to the park but I will figure out that adventure.
Hospital: From park entrance turn left on Rt 626 (Smith Mountain Lake Parkway) and go about 2 miles. Turn left on 608 (White House Rd) and follow this for about 6 miles to Rt 122 (Moneta Rd). Turn right on 122 and follow to Bedford, about 15 miles. Stay on 122 till you get to a T intersection with Main St. Turn right on Main St and go 1 block to traffic light at Bridge St. Left onto Bridge and stay on it thru town. You’ll pass a school on the left and Bridge turns into Longwood St. Shortly after there will be a long left hand turning lane, stay in left lane to traffic light and turn on Oakwood St and follow to hospital, which will be on your left. Hospital is 1613 Oakwood St, 540 586-2441. To contact the park call # is 540 297-6066.