Nearest Major Cities and Airports

Although Smith Mountain Lake feels "away from it all," you are never too far from medium to large cities that have much to offer. If you are flying to the lake area, there are also a variety of nearby airports.

Driving times to Nearest Cities:

Roanoke, VA 45 minutes
Lynchburg, VA 1 hour
Richmond, VA 3 hours
Washington, D.C. 4 hours, 15 minutes
Virginia Beach, VA 4 hours, 30 minutes
Greensboro, NC 1 hour, 45 minutes
Raleigh/Durham, NC 2 hours, 45 minutes
Charlotte, NC 3 hours, 15 minutes
Charleston, WV 3 hours, 30 minutes

There are several airports within a reasonable driving distance to Smith Mountain Lake.


  • Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport Just a short 45 minute drive from the lake, the Roanoke airport has non-stop service to many major cities.
  • Lynchburg Regional Airport About a 1 hour drive from Smith Mountain Lake. A very easy airport, but be aware that all flights in/out of Lynchburg will involve a connection in Charlotte, NC, which is the airport's ONLY destination.
  • Piedmont Triad International Airport Located 1 hour and 40 minutes away in Greensboro, NC, Piedmont Triad has a more expanded selection of flights than Roanoke, and is the first choice of many lake residents for travel.
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport Only 2 1/2 hours from the lake. A large international airport, Raleigh-Durham has many flight options, and traffic to and from the airport from Smith Mountain Lake is minimal compared to other airports.
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport Located 3 hours and 15 minutes from the lake, Charlotte is a very large airport. You should leave some extra time for negotiating Charlotte traffic, which can be heavy.
  • Richmond International Airport Located 3 hours from Smith Mountain Lake, Richmond is a smaller international airport, but sometimes has less expensive flights available.
  • Dulles International Airport Although it's a drive of just under 4 hours from the lake, Washington Dulles can be your best bet if flying internationally. It's also a nice drive from the lake, with traffic a non-issue until within 20-30 minutes of the airport.

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**On the below map, Smith Mountain Lake is in between Roanoke and Lynchburg, just to the south.

Smith Mountain Lake nearby airports