Explore Smith Mountain Lake – the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains”

With plenty of recreational, dining and lodging options, make outdoor fun a family affair along Smith Mountain Lake.

Reel in trophy bass along a guided fishing tour of Smith Mountain Lake, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top bass lakes by Bassmaster Magazine. Smith Mountain Lake offers 500 miles of beautiful shoreline and an abundance of outdoor fun! You’ll be with Captain Kenny Short of Kenny’s Striper Guide Service.

Experience the rush of flyboarding with Wet Connection at Crazy Horse Marina. A premiere stop for water sports enthusiasts along Smith Mountain Lake, Wet Connection also offers rentals of ski boats, jet skis, pontoons and water toys, including wakeboards, kneeboards and tubes.

Head to Bridgewater Plaza & Marina for a number of lunch options. Dine inside or enjoy the view outside.

Next, tee-off at Westlake Golf & Country Club, which boasts a 6,511-yard course with amazing lake views. Open to members and non-members, Westlake also features a pro shop, tennis, a pool, and a clubhouse with restaurant.

End the day with a cool, sweet treat at Homestead Creamery, which boasts all-natural milk, old-fashioned butter and creamy, hand-dipped ice cream cones, milkshakes and sundaes.

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Discover Blue Ridge Mountain Heritage & Culture

Take a step back in time with a tour of the Franklin County History Museum. The Franklin County Historical Society operates the history museum and research library in Rocky Mount to provide public access to its collected materials. The organization also publishes booklets with historical themes for the purpose of education and research assistance and also hosts events throughout the year, including Ghosts and More and Moonshine Express tours.

Visit the Blue Ridge Institute and Farm Museum at Ferrum College, which documents the folkways of the people living in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just a short drive from downtown Rocky Mount, it’s the first of eight major venues along The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, home of the annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival and also recognized as Virginia’s Center for Blue Ridge Folklore.

Taste what’s cooking at downtown Rocky Mount’s newest restaurant, Bootleggers’ Café. Located in a historic, former Coca-Cola bottling building, the American comfort-style food restaurant is within steps of the Harvester Performance Center.

Stop in at The Grainery and The Artisan Center Along the Crooked Road, promoting the region’s artwork and highlighting the many artisan talents that make this area so special.

Next, head to Booker T. Washington National Monument, the site commemorating the birthplace of America’s most prominent African American educator and orator of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Later, grab tickets and a cozy seat amid the intimate setting of the Harvester Performance Center, located in the heart of historic downtown Rocky Mount. The new mid-size music venue along Franklin Street officially opened its doors on April 11, 2014, to showcase live performances from a variety of genres. The Harvester, a $2.7 million venue, is expected to host 175 shows annually.

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