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Smith Mountain Lake Marina Guide

Parrot Cove Boat Rentals
Largest Houseboat Fleet on the Lake!

Bridgewater Plaza Marina & Boat Rentals

Gills Creek Marina
Phone Number: 540.721.2451

Parkway Marina
Phone Number: 540.297.4412

All Seasons Marine Service
Providing Professional High-Quality Marine Service.

Crazy Horse Campgrounds & Marina
Phone Number: 540.721.2792

Mitchell's Point Marina
Phone Number: 540-297-7174

Virginia Dare Cruises and Marina
Phone Number: 540.297.7100
Toll Free: 800.721.3273


Smith Mountain Lake Restaurant Guide

Jonathan's Restaurant 540.719-1212 - Serving an American-Asian fusion and a variety for all tastes. Sunday Brunch Buffet. By car.

Sunken City Brewery 540.420.0476 -Southwest Virginia’s newest craft brewery is located along Route 122 at Westlake Towne Center near Smith Mountain Lake. Sunken City is a 25-barrel, four -vessel brewhouse, featuring a tasting room and pub, retail store, and beer garden. Brewery customers can purchase 20 oz. imperial pints, growlers to take home, and snacks in the tasting room.

Beyond The Green Sports Bar & Restaurant 540.296.0871 - Indoor golf, live music on weekends, fully stocked sports bar.

Blackwater Cafe 540.721.4333 - Wide variety of gourmet entrees and exquisite dinner specials in additions to our regular bill of fare.

Chopsticks Chinese Restaurant 540.721.8839 - Chinese cuisine; lunch buffet & dinner; ABC on; by boat/car.

Diamond Hill General Store 540.297.9309 - gourmet deli, wine shop, gift shop, groceries. By car

Benjamin's Restaurant 540.296.1215 - Casual Dining, Surf & Turf, Served Lakefront. Located at Mariners Landing. By boat / car

Edible Vibes - 540.489.7827 - Hand-crafted desserts, organic coffees/teas, home-made soups, sandwiches and hot specials. By car.

Edo Grill & Sushi Restaurant 540.297.6888 - Japanese dishes as well as a full sushi bar. By car.

Hot Shots Family Fun & Food Center 540.721.2422 - Miniature Golf, Blaster Bumper Boats, & Eat-in or Take-out Dining. By car.

The Landing Restaurant 540.721.3028 - Gourmet/casual; lunch & dinner; ABC on; reservations suggested; by boat/car.

Mango’s Bar & Grill 540.721.1632 - Sandwiches, steak, seafood with tropical twist; lunch & dinner; ABC on; by boat/car.

Mayberry Diner & Drive-in 540.296.1480 - Traditional Silver Diner with drive in move theatre. Serves breakfast all day. By car.

Cancun Mexican Restaurant & Grill 540.719.2884 - Full service Mexican restaurant at Westlake Corner. By car.

Marina Cafe & Mitchell's Point 540.297.4829 - Serves breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner hours. All American menu. By boat / car.

Moosie’s 540.721.5255 - Sandwiches, ribs, & Mexican; lunch & dinner; ABC on/off; by boat/car.

The Mouse Trap 540.721.4997 - Deli sandwiches & biscuits; ABC on/off; by boat/car.

Olde Liberty Station 540.587.9377 - Steaks, seafood, poultry, salads, soups.  Great desserts.  Restored train station!

Portside Bar & Grill 540.297.7100 - Over-the-water bar & grill; weekends only; lunch & dinner. ABC on; by boat/car. (located at Virginia Dare marina).

Old Oak Cafe 540.721.6445 - Breakfast & Lunch. Eclectic menu  with casual to fine dining.

Virginia Dare Dining Cruises 540.297.7100 - Lunch & dinner; sightseeing cruises (reservations required) ABC on; by boat/car.

Westlake Country Club 540.721.4215 - Friday buffet 5:30- 8:00 p.m. (reservations required); Sunday brunch 11-2; lunch daily; by car.


Smith Mountain Lake Golf Course Guide

The Waterfront Golf & Country Club 540.721.2397 - The 18-hole, PGA Championship Golf Course was designed by George Dillon of the Fazio Group. Amenities include tennis courts, swimming pool, and fitness center, driving range, pro shop and fine dining.

The Waters Edge Golf & Country Club 540.576.1556 - 18-hole, PGA Championship golf course was designed by R.F. Loving, Jr., ASGC, a nationally renowned golf course architect. The course was named one of Golf Digest’s five best courses in the country. Amenities include clay tennis courts, Jr. Olympic size pool, driving range, pro shop, fitness center, equestrian center and fine dining.

The Westlake Golf & Country Club 540.721.4214 - The course carries the trademark touch of Russell Breeden, who designs courses with a mix of distance and accuracy making it challenging for all players. A restored farmhouse contains a pro shop and delightful restaurant. Amenities include a driving range, Olympic-size swimming pool and tennis courts.

Willow Creek Golf & Country Club 540.483.0797 - Willow Creek is a great 9 hole regulation course located at the Willow Creek Country Club facility in Rocky Mount, VA. From the longest tees it presents 2,857 yards of golf for a par of 35.

Chatmoss Golf & Country Club 276.638.2484 - Chatmoss' many amenities include an 18 hole J. Ellis Maples golf course, driving range, and putting practice green. The Sports Complex contains three indoor hard courts, workout facility, and hitting wall and six outdoor clay courts, three of which are lighted for evening play.

Sycamore Ridge Golf Club 540.297.6490 - 1086 Trails End Road, Goodview, VA 24095

Hunting Hills Golf & Country Club 540.774.4435 - 18-hole Championship Course is located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Smith Mountain Lake Virginia

Smith Mountain Lake, located in the Southwestern part of Virginia, is one of the largest and cleanest fresh water lakes in the eastern United States. Covering in excess of 22,000 acres, encompassing over 500 miles of shoreline; Smith Mountain Lake borders three Virginia counties. Bedford, Franklin, and Pittsylvania Counties, areas of the state know for unsurpassed natural beauty, fascinating history, and broad culture.

Initial proposals were made in the late 1920’s to dam the Roanoke River and the Blackwater River at the Smith Mountain gorge to generate electricity. Construction on the Smith Mountain Dam began in 1960 and was completed in 1963. The first project was to build a 1,500 foot cable between the gorge of Smith Mountain in order to help move material back and forth. The cable hauled an estimated half million tons of building materials used to construct the dam. The dam walls were completed in September 1963 and the Blackwater and Roanoke Rivers began filling Smith Mountain Lake. Capacity was reached on March 7, 1966 and SML became the recreational capital of Southern Virginia.

Franklin County is one of Virginia’s fastest growing county’s, due large in part to the broad appeal of Smith Mountain Lake. The setting is idyllic, offering four uniquely beautiful seasons; with mild winter temperatures averaging in the 40’s and comfortable summer temperatures in the 80’s. Spring and fall are equally pleasant with incredible vistas created by the wealth of foliage and wildlife to which Smith Mountain Lake plays host. Thanks to no traffic jams, low cost of living, and virtually no crime; this region offers a quality of life unmatched anywhere. Combine these attributes to Franklin County’s proximity to our nation’s capitol; you can have it all at Smith Mountain Lake.

Smith Mountain Lake is about far more then just being on the water. Each year, the lake area plays host too many special events & concerts such as the annual SML Wine Festival or the Annual Chili Cook-off at Bridgewater Plaza. Take the time to visit some of the over 23 historic attractions and National Monuments such as the Booker T. Washington in Franklin County or the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. Experience the Southwest Virginia Lifestyle!


Franklin County Virginia

Franklin County is one of Virginia's fastest growing and most dynamic counties. It is a community that is committed to progress, building a strong future. The Franklin Center for Advanced Learning & Enterprise, together with Ferrum College and one of the state's highest rated school systems, is a major focus for the county's commitment to building a skilled, progressive workforce. Thanks to this workforce, natural resources, relatively low costs of living, and access to the mid-Atlantic markets, it is not only a great place to live, but a great place to run your business.

Apart from business, visitors and residents can find a diverse selection of attractions, from outdoor adventures like boating, fishing, camping or hiking, to cultural and historic sites such as the Blue Ridge Institute at Ferrum College or enjoying one of the many local musical & theatrical performances. In one phrase, Franklin County Virginia opens up new vistas, views, and quiet moments for those tired of crowds, long lines, and clutter. Franklin County & SML Online Business Directory


Historical Sites Near Smith Mountain Lake

The Smith Mountain Lake area is full of history. In Bedford County, you can visit Poplar Forest, a home that Thomas Jefferson built for himself as a private retreat. Historic Avenel Plantation served as the social hub for the area and hosted guests such as Robert E. Lee and Edgar Allen Poe. The Center town historic district of Bedford includes a historic Meeting House, Courthouse and Museum.

The County seat for Franklin County is in Rocky Mount. There are walking tours of the many historic buildings. Franklin County is also the boyhood home to Jubal Early, a Confederate General.

In Pittsylvania County, visit historic Chatham to see Virginia’s only two street car diners, the 1853 Greek Revival Courthouse, and to take a walking tour of this 1777 town full of Victorian architecture. Be sure to stop in at the historic Yates Tavern in Gretna on the way. The SML Visitors Center offers brochures on walking and driving tours of many of these sites.


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