Why Choose Smith Mountain Lake?

Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Smith Mountain Lake spans 20,600 acres, is 40 miles long and features 500 miles of shoreline. The lake borders three counties (Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania) and offers beautiful views, sparkling water and a multitude of recreational activities.We're members of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce/Partnership.
For more information on the lake, visit the SML Chamber's extensive web site.


The lake was created in 1966 when engineers dammed the Blackwater and Roanoke Rivers, flooding Smith Mountain Gap. Owned and operated by American Electric Power, the dam provides hydro-electric power for surrounding communities.
More information on the dam. Check today's lake levels.

Real Estate

Real Estate at Smith Mountain Lake ranges from modest houses on quiet coves to extraordinary homes with stiking landscapes and impressive docks. SML is a haven not only for those seeking permanent residence, but also retirees and those looking for a serene setting for a second home, condo or townhouse. Though the lake has increased in popularity, waterfront property remains plentiful and reasonably priced.


Average temperatures are in the upper-70s in the summer and upper 30s in the winter.
Annual precipitation is 44 inches of rain and 16 inches of snow.


Populations: Bedford County, 68,000; Franklin County 56,000; Pittsylvania County, 63,000.

Taxes and Utilities

Real Estate (100% assessment):
Bedford County: $.50 per $100
Franklin County: $.48 per $100
Pittsylvania County: $.52 per $100
State sales tax: 5%