Our first stop on this tour is one of the best new restaurants in town, Napoli by the Lake! Napoli by the Lake is a sister restaurant to Napoli Cowboy that's located just a little bit southwest of here. Enjoy fresh caught seafood while taking in the amazing lakeside views.
Napoli by the Lake opened its doors in 2021 and has been going strong ever since. Visit by car or boat as Napoli by the Lake offers complimentary docking as well as parking.
Next on our tour is Crazy Horse Marina. It is at the end of Crazy Horse Drive, obviously. Crazy Horse Marina has been serving Smith Mountain Lake since the 80s when it was originally named Safe Harbor Marina. After some major upgrades in 2013, Crazy Horse Marina is now Smith Mountain’s premiere docking location.
Enjoy 24/7 gas as well as a ship store that's stocked with all your boating essentials like life jackets, boating oils and cleaning supplies as well as plenty of snacks and ice cream to enjoy for your ride home. If you’re in the area longer, make sure to check back as Crazy Horse Marina often has events year round including live music and food!
Quick fun fact, did you know Smith Mountain has its own Islands? The Islands are formed from old mountain tops and ridge lines. Though some are privately owned, many are open to the public to enjoy! So make sure to take a boat out and explore. You might just find your next picnic spot!
Continue straight down Scruggs road. And turn left on Booker T Washington Highway. As you get closer to the highway you will see Dairy Queen on your left. If you need a sweet treat for the rest of your tour, go ahead and stop in! I personally love their Oreo blizzards.
Did you get some ice cream? Maybe alcohol is more your speed. After you turn left on Booker T. Washington Hwy you will see Builders Pride Drive a couple of blocks down to your left. Just down Builders Pride Drive to your left is the Roosters and Rise Distillery.
Go get the best moonshine in Franklin County there at Roosters and Rise Distillery in Westlake Town Center. Roosters was opened in 2021 by Laura Turner, a Franklin county native. Her family has called Franklin County home since 1823, and Turner opened the distillery in honor of her father, often called “Rooster”.
Roosters offers authentic moonshine, crafted from an old-time recipe authentic to Franklin County. Aside from moonshine, the distillery offers signature cocktails like banana, mango and a personal favorite, maple whisky. The distillery also offers a tasting room, so you can sample the wide variety of flavors before you buy.
Continue west down Booker T Washington Highway. Then we will be turning left at the Booker T. Washington National Monument. That might be a good clue as to where our next stop is.
Here is the National Monument of famous African- American Statesman, Booker T. Washington, located on your left.
Booker T Washington was born into slavery in 1856 and then moved to West Virginia after his emacipation. As a free man, he searched for a formal education, helping guide and lead the Tuskegee Institute. Washington became a driving force behind advocating for education as a way to reach racial and economic equality.
The Booker T. Washington National Monument allows visitors to revisit Washington’s birthplace to reflect on this divisive time in American history.
Plantation Trail offers a ¼ mile loop through the site, allowing visitors to see reconstructed farm buildings which would have been similar to the ones Booker T. Washington grew up on. There are also areas within the farm and garden to learn about the agriculture and farming techniques of the 1850s that would have been here during Washington’s time.
Go ahead and follow the road around where it will reconnect to Booker T. Washington Highway.
Please turn right and let’s head back toward town. While driving back on Booker T Washington Highway, you’ll pass plenty of shops and cafes that are worth checking out!.
If you’re looking for some good Mexican food, head over to Cancun Mexican Restaurant and Grill, which you’ll pass on your left. Enjoy some authentic enchiladas or for something more indulgent, you’ve got to try their Chorio Nacho Supreme.
If you’re looking for a great night out, The Copper Kettle Co has you covered. Run by chef duo team Mickey and Sonny, you can find everything from southern cuisine to authentic Italian here. Whether you’re looking for a sit down dinner or just a drink at the bar, The Copper Kettle has something for everyone.
Continue down Booker T Washington Highway and take in the rural countryside.
Is the water calling your name? Hop in the water with Parrots Cove Boat Rentals located on your left. Parrot Cove has been operated by the Oliver family since 1996 and now operates the largest fleet of houseboats on Smith Mountain Lake. Aside from houseboats, Parrot Cover offers a wide range of Pontoons, Run-A-Boots, Fishing Boats, Waver runners and even Kayaks.
Rather stay on land? Bridgewater Plaza offers plenty of food and entertainment for land dwellers alike. If you’re hungry, you’ve got to stop by Mango’s Bar and Grill! Mango’s not only prides itself on having great food, it also has the best DJ in town and the spot to be if you like local music. Enjoy patio seating while tasting Mango’s tropical inspired cuisine like Mahi Mahi or fried shrimp tacos. Try their signature cocktails like their Mango Hurricane and Bailey’s Banana Colada.
Got the family in tow? Stop by Harbortown Minigolf. This 18-hole miniature golf course is wild west themed and perfect for a day of family fun.
Continue over the Hales Ford Bridge which is straight ahead. Don’t forget to look around and enjoy the views!
Welcome to Jake’s Place on the left. It’s actually down Campers Paradise Trail on the left. Come by land or boat as Jake’s Place offers premier waterfront dining as well as outdoor seating.
Take in the gorgeous view of the lake while sipping on one of their signature drinks like a Peach Mojito or Tequila Breeze. Try some of their delicious two-hander burgers topped with all the fixings or brick oven pizzas. Make sure to stop by during happy hour to enjoy discounts on house wine and cocktails.
Got a furry friend? bring them too! Jake's place is dog friendly and even has its own dog menu so your canine companion can enjoy some great food as well.
Make sure to take a right up at Hendricks Stone Road. Also make sure to enjoy your country drive! It really is pretty out here.
Let’s chat a bit on our way to the last stop of the tour. Don’t you just love this beautiful, serene, peaceful area?If you're looking to buy, whether it's your first or second home, Smith Mountain Lake has plenty of accommodations no matter what you're looking for. You can find a nice quiet home in the cove with few neighbors or you could find a home in a retirement community with plenty of shared or private amenities like pools, gyms and boat launches.
Smith Mountain Lake hosts plenty of community events, including the annual May Beer & BBQ festival which is a favorite among locals. You can also expect an amazing firework show over the water every Fourth of July! Other events include food festivals, roadshows and theatre events.
Keep enjoying the scenery and then please turn right on White House Road. If you are running low on gas or coffee or Doritos, stop in there.
Anyway, Smith Mountain Lake State Park is at the end of this tour and it is worth it.
Welcome to Smith Mountain State Park. Follow the sign to go in! It’s just up ahead on the right. Did you know Smith Mountain Lake is the second largest freshwater lake in Virginia? Enjoy soaking up the sun on Smith Lake’s 500-foot beach or take a walk in nature on one of the park's 13 hiking trails.
Want to stay longer? Cabins are available to rent, as well as a campsite for those who want a more rustic vacation. If you are looking for something a little bit… different, you can even rent a bunkhouse or better yet, a yurt! Of course you can always do camping the old fashioned way with a tent. Do you have an RV? There are RV sites as well.
Smith Mountain Lake is your premier spot for fishing as the park offers plenty of spots for both boating and shore fishing. Fishers will often catch plenty of striped bass, catfish and many other species of fish. The park even hosts its own fishing tournaments!
That concludes our tour of Smith Mountain Lake. Feel free to go back and visit any of the places we mentioned on this tour.If you liked what you saw and want to learn more, contact Dawn Lambert at email@example.com or give her a call at 540-882-4119.
Thanks again for taking this tour with UCPlaces! I hope you had as much fun exploring as I did showing you around. Have a fantastic day!