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Near Huddleston in Bedford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Smith Mountain Lake

Bedford County

Smith Mountain Lake Bedford County Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2017
1. Smith Mountain Lake Bedford County Marker
Inscription.  Appalachian Power Company constructed Smith Mountain and Leesville Dams between 1960 and 1963 to generate hydroelectric energy. The waters of the Roanoke and Blackwater Rivers formed Smith Mountain Lake, one of two resulting reservoirs, which reached “full pond” (795 feet above sea level) on 7 March 1966. This 40-mile long lake, the largest wholly within Virginia, covered 20,600 acres that had primarily been farmland. With its scenic coves and 500 miles of shoreline, the lake became a recreational destination and gave rise to a thriving lakeside community. Smith Mountain Lake State Park was established on 15 July 1983.
Erected 2015 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-161.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureCharity & Public WorkParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is March 7, 1966.
Location. 37° 4.728′ N, 79° 36.931′ W. Marker is near Huddleston, Virginia, in Bedford County. Marker is on Interpretive
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By J. J. Prats, June 8, 2017
2. Smith Mountain Lake Bedford County Marker
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Trail 1.7 miles south of State Park Road, on the right. It is in Smith Mountain Lake State Park whose entrance is on Smith Mountain Lake Parkway (County Route 626). Interpretative Trail is to the left at the crossroads at the Visitor’s Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2679 Interpretive Trl, Huddleston VA 24104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Moody Meeting House (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named Smith Mountain Lake (approx. 5.4 miles away); Smith Mountain Project (approx. 5.7 miles away); Carry Me Home (approx. 6.8 miles away); Jack-O-Lantern Branch Trail (approx. 6.8 miles away); Freed Here, At Last (approx. 7 miles away); How Tobacco Farms Used Slavery (approx. 7 miles away); Slavery on the Plantation (approx. 7 miles away).
More about this marker. It is inside Smith Mountain Lake Park. There is a fee per car to enter the park and the park closes at dusk.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
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1. Smith Mountain Lake State Park. “On the second largest freshwater lake in the state, this picturesque park is the water enthusiast's paradise. There are numerous water activities, including swimming, boat rentals, a boat ramp and a universally accessible fishing pier. Families can also enjoy picnicking, a visitor center, an amphitheater, special programs, camping, miles of trails and cabins with boat docks.” (Submitted on June 17, 2017.) 

2. Smith Mountain Lake: Visit Bedford Virginia
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. “Water sports have never known such a home. Nestled in the protective embrace of the mountains, this picturesque lake offers over 20,000 acres of playground for boaters, fishermen, swimmers, skiers, sailors, and water enthusiasts of all ages. The rolling shores are a haven for wildlife and are home to hiking, horseback riding trails, tennis and some of the most beautiful golf courses and resorts in the state.” (Submitted on June 17, 2017.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 17, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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