10 Virginia Lakes to Visit this Fall

by Casey Higgins | Posted on October 17th, 2013

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Fall’s colors reflect beautifully on the water of Virginia’s lakes. Head out on a clear day and you’ll have a stunning blue sky competing for attention. Who wins? You win. Love your fall in Virginia.

Clarksville – Kerr Lake is Virginia’s largest lake at more than 50,000 acres and 800+ miles of shoreline. Both Occoneechee State Park and Staunton River State Park provide access points. In-Fisherman magazine called it the number one Crappie fishing lake, and both state and national fishing tournaments have been hosted here.

Bassett – Philpott Lake – Three thousand acres, 100 miles of shoreline, nine boat launches, eight campgrounds, and six beaches invite you to this lake that calls two counties home. How’s that for numbers? The trails along the lake are the perfect place for photos, birdwatching, and simply appreciating the beauty.

Lake Moomaw

Lake Moomaw

South Hill – Lake Gaston – This lake straddles Virginia and North Carolina, and at 20,000 acres, you can understand why. Whether you choose to drop a line and fish or just skim along in a boat, the colors of autumn are a great backdrop.

Covington – Lake Moomaw and Gathright Dam – Launch your boat from multiple access points (water level permitting), including Warm Springs, and enjoy this 2,530-acre lake. Camping and plenty of recreational opportunities are available within this National Forest area.

Lyndhurst – Sherando Lake is located in the George Washington National Forest,  just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s 24 acres of great fishing. An on-site campground invites you to stay for more than a day.

Smith Mountain Lake – This freshwater lake is second in size to Kerr Lake, and still has an amazing 500 miles of shoreline. With many access points, you can choose how to approach this “Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains” – from Bedford County and Smith Mountain Lake State Park on the north shores, Franklin County on the southwest, or Pittsylvania County on the southeast. Whichever route you choose, the views are going to take your breath away.

Claytor Lake State Park

Claytor Lake State Park

Louisa – Lake Anna – Virginia’s third largest lake, Lake Anna welcomes you to enjoy 13,000 acres of water surface and 200 miles of shoreline. Lake Anna State Park in Spotsylvania is the perfect public access point.

Abingdon – South Holston Lake – Set within Washington County Park, the lake is available for fishing, swimming, and boating. Pull in your camper or pitch a tent to stay longer and enjoy the nearby fun, like the Virginia Creeper Trail!

Dublin – Claytor Lake State Park – The lake at the center of this state park is 4,500 acres, and it’s a sport fisherman’s haven. Not into fishing? No worries. Choose one of the 12 cabins overlooking the lake and just enjoy the view.

Reston – Lake Fairfax Park – This 18-acre lake is the key attraction to a park full of fun! Rent pedal boats, hop on a tour boat ride, or go fishin’. On-site camping.

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