Looking for a place off the beaten path? Try the Smith Mountain Cooperative Wildlife Management Area. This property offers outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to hunt, fish, hike, view wildlife and enjoy vistas overlooking beautiful Smith Mountain Lake.
Located in portions of Bedford and Pittsylvania Counties, the 4996 acre Smith Mountain property is owned by Appalachian Power Company and is cooperatively managed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The area is almost entirely forested. Elevations range from 800 feet to over 2000 feet. The area’s western boundary adjoins Smith Mountain Lake and includes ten miles of lake shoreline. Protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement held jointly by the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, this scenic and natural wildlife habitat area will remain available for public use for many years to come.
Deer, turkey, squirrels, bear and raccoon are the primary species hunted on the area.
Written Permission Required for Hunting on Sunday on this Area
Hunting on Sunday is allowed on Smith Mountain Cooperative Wildlife Management Area. A letter granting Sunday hunting permission (PDF) is available here for downloading and printing. The hunter’s name should be written in the space provided. The permission letter must be in possession of the hunter when hunting on Sunday on this area.
Sunday Hunting Rules
The 2014 General Assembly enacted legislation that allows hunting on Sunday on private lands with written permission of the landowner and under certain other conditions. A permission letter for Sunday hunting on the Smith Mountain Cooperative Wildlife Management Area is provided above. After downloading and printing the permission letter, the hunter’s name should be written in the space provided. The permission letter must be in possession of the hunter when hunting on Sunday on the area.
Hiking and wildlife viewing are popular activities on the management area. Bank fishing is allowed along the lakeshore, however the terrain is rough and access is primarily by boat. Primitive camping is allowed; there are no developed facilities. Appalachian Power Company’s Smith Mountain Lake Dam Visitors’ Center is a popular attraction and is open to the public throughout the year. Also, Smith Mountain Lake State Park is within a short drive.
Two primary parking areas, one located on the Bedford County tract and the other on the Pittsylvania County tract are accessible year-round. Hunter access roads that begin in these parking areas are open to vehicle travel seasonally. A number of smaller parking areas are located along State Route 778 in Pittsylvania County. Gated roads and trails are open for foot travel throughout the year.
Access the Smith Mountain Cooperative Wildlife Management Area from Bedford County via State Route 608 East from Moneta and from Pittsylvania County via State Route 40 to Route 626 North then to Route 778.