What To Do
State Park, Parks, and Gardens
What to do:
Beach: The park's 500-foot beach is one of only two public beaches on the lake. The beach can accommodate 1,000 people and is guarded during operating hours. In the summer public day use fees for the beach area are: Ages 3-12: Weekday $2.00, Weekend $3.00, 13 & Over: Weekday $3.00, Weekend $4.00, under 3 free.
*Does not include parking fees*
Concessions: The swimming complex offers concessions with food service, various notions and a bathhouse. The park operates the beach and food area Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and from 10:00am to 7:00pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Nature, History Programs: Night hikes, hay rides, canoe trips, twilight programs, Junior Naturalists is a program for children 6-10 years old. The program focuses on themes of nature, and arts and crafts. Link to to of monthly events: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/events
The park also offers over 12 miles of trails, fishing pier, boat rentals, gift shop, two separate playgrounds for children, and an ample amount of picnic tables complete with a charcoal grill for day uses.
Parks and Gardens
Smith Mountain Lake Community Park
Smith Mountain Lake
When finished, this 37 acre park will have picnic shelters, hiking trails, biking trails, beach area and ADA accessible fishing area. This park will be phased in. The first phase will be the initial access to the 37 acres and shoreline stabilization. Phases two and three will include all the amenities.
Falling Creek Park: Visitors are offered a variety of leisure opportunities in Bedford County's centrally located Falling Creek Park. The 250 acre park offers a rural setting with picnic shelters, playground equipment, a fitness trail, various outdoor game courts and over 8 miles in the network, there is something for any level of trail user on the multi use trails at Falling Creek Park. Whether you are a mountain biker, trail runner or just want to go for a hike, these trails certainly have what you're looking for. The trails take users through a variety of habitats, all offering opportunities for sighting the wide variety of birds and other wildlife that frequent the park. Visitors along the bluebird trail are practically guaranteed a sighting of bluebirds and tree swallows during the spring and summer months. Located less than 5 minutes from downtown Bedford, the trails at Falling Creek are easily the most accessible trails around. Please call 540-586-7682 for more information or click here to download a trail map or visit www.bedfordtrails.wordpress.com
Liberty Lake Park: Liberty Lake Park is comprised of 60 acres and features three developed playgrounds, a stocked fishing lake, fishing docks, three ball fields, three lighted tennis courts, state-of-the-art skateboard pod, fenced basketball courts, a roller-skating and walking loop, five picnic shelters, two concessions stands, vending machines, racquetball court and a nature trails facility featuring a paved handicapped accessible trail. Public restrooms and large open play areas are available. The Community Center is located here where many classes and programs are conducted. Liberty Lake Park is located on Hwy 122 South (Burks Hill Road).
Montvale Park: 6 miles of entirely wooded single track trails highlight this emerging park in Montvale, VA. While the rest of the park is still in the development stage the trail system is complete and ideal for mountain biking, trail running and hiking. The trail head parking are is only 1 mile from Route 460 in Montvale making it easy to get out to enjoy some of the best trails in the area. Please call 540-586-7682 for more information or to download a trail map visit www.bedfordtrails.wordpress.com
Poplar Park: The 1.5-acre park on Grand Arbre Drive is home to the largest Yellow Poplar tree in the United States and the largest tree in Virginia. The park features picnic tables and benches.
Orange Street Park: This 2-acre ball field located on Orange Street is home for girls softball.
Greenwood Park: Located at the intersection of Greenwood Street and Quarles Street, this 3-acre park provides picnic tables, basketball courts, playground equipment and an open play area.
Reynolds Park: This 5.5-acre park on East Main Street features walking trails, gazebos and gardens.
City Lake: Located on Lake Drive, this 4-acre park features a small lake for fishing, quiet woods and picnic tables.
City Park: Located in the center of the City on Main Street, City Park provides benches for relaxation and pleasant viewing of the Historic District. Many downtown events are held here.
Edmund Street Park: This 6.5-acre park features playground equipment, picnic tables, tennis and basketball courts, gardens, horseshoes, a picnic shelter and large open play area.
The Wharton Garden: The Wharton Garden is adjacent to the Bedford Central Library and the Wharton House. Encompassing two historic structures, it consists of perennial and shrub borders, annual beds, a gazebo, brick walks and terraces and a mature boxwood maze.