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This week in our Out and About "Backyard Adventures" we wander out on the trails of Smith Mountain Lake State Park.  We introduce you to the world of geocaching and what it's all about.

However, the Smith Mountain Lake State Park has plenty more things to do ... including both free and fee-based programs.

Here's a look at how you can plan your summer at the lake!

GPS Rental Fees: During the off-season when units are not being used for regular park programs - $6 per unit per-half day (4 hours) and $10 per unit per full-day (8 hours). Please call the park in advance so we can have the units at the Visitor Center & loaded with the active caches in the park.
GPS Program Fees: GPS Adventure Programs are offered regularly during our summer & shoulder seasons (Memorial day through Sept. & Oct.) - $3 per person, $8 per family and $25 per group.
Geocache map of area caches:,-79.61449&z=13
Name of 4 caches within SML State Park & their corresponding GC codes:

GC46T25 - VSP Smith Mountain Lake TREE-mendous Adventure
GC3BJCR - VSP Smith Mountain Lake Blooming Adventure
GC2NKNV - VSP Smith Mountain Lake 75th Anniversary Adventure
GC1QDKZ - Turtle Island 2some
Regular Summer Programs: 
... this is just a few of the favorite regular programs we run throughout the summer.

Canoe Trips: $5 per person (day) $6 per person (evening & night)
Hay Rides: Batty Wagon Tuesdays (8 - 9 p.m.) & Owls by Wagon Fridays (7 - 8 p.m.)
Firefly Campfire: most Friday evenings (8 - 9 p.m. June, July - 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Aug  & 7 - 8 p.m. Sept.)
GPS Adventures: $3 per person, $8 per family & $25 per group.
Osprey Hikes: throughout the summer, Free
Little Rangers: Free, Ages 4 - 6 yrs old Wed. mornings 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (June 12, 19, 26, July 10, 17 & 24)
Jr. Rangers: Free, Ages 7 & up Friday mornings 10 a.m. to Noon (June 14th thru Aug. 9th) Snack included
Gyotaku: (Fish Printing) $5 each (canvas tote bag) 
Terrific Tie-Dye!: $5 each (bandana)
Toad Abodes: $3 each (paint a tray for a toad house)
Track & Scat: $3 each (plaster track mold)
Build a Bird's Nest: Free
CSI: Creek Scene Investigation Free
Civil War Lighting: $3 per candle (make a beeswax candle)
Snakes Alive!: Free, Pet a live snake & see him consume lunch!
Critter Keepers: Free, Catch insects to feed the animals housed in the Discovery Center.
Insect Detectives: Free, Explore the secret life of bugs.

For all the details you can click here for the VSP website or click here for the blog about VSP programs.