Last Updated: August 17, 2015
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.
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.
Philpott Lake is a commanding 3,000 acres with 100 miles of shoreline, nine boat launches, eight campgrounds, and six beaches … oh, and two counties. How’s that for numbers? The trails along the lake are the perfect place for photos, birdwatching, and simply appreciating the beauty.
Lake Gaston 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.
In Covington, you’ll find Lake Moomaw and Gathright Dam, where you can launch your boat from multiple access points (water level permitting), including Warm Springs, to enjoy 2,530-acres surface. Camping and plenty of recreational opportunities are available within this National Forest area.
Smith Mountain Lake is a freshwater lake 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.
Smith Mountain Lake
Lake Anna State Park
South Holston Lake is 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!
Claytor Lake is the centerpiece of Claytor Lake State Park, and at 4,500 acres, 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.
Lake Fairfax Park is 18-acres and a the key attraction to a park full of fun! Rent pedal boats, hop on a tour boat ride, or go fishin’. On-site camping.