It all started with a dam. In 1966, the Appalachian Power Company completed construction of a 235-foot-high, $85-million dam across the Roanoke River. As a fringe benefit of power production, one of the premier lakes in the eastern United States
was created. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and contained by over 500 miles of shoreline, the 22,000 acres of clear, clean water have become a recreational paradise. Although people own condos or vacation homes there, it remains free from the negative effects of mass tourism. It is not that remote, either – just a half-hour or so from Roanoke and Lynchburg. So, before too many people catch on and commercialization takes hold, visit Smith Mountain Lake for a weekend. This chapter contains romantic
places to stay, the best restaurant discoveries, and the fun activities and special moments that a couple will remember forever.
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