Soak up some sun on one of the lake’s sandy seashores, or deliver your boat, kayaks, rise up paddleboards, or different out of doors gear and head out on the water. Lake Anna State Park, on the northwest shore of the lake, presents over 15 miles of mountaineering trails that branch out through the woods of the park, with a quantity of trails leading in the path of the waterfront. The lake is conveniently positioned just 72 miles south of Washington D.C., 66 miles north of Richmond, and is lower than an hour from both Charlottesville and Fredericksburg. See on mapPlan your rustic escape to the neighboring mountain towns of Waynesville, Lake Junaluska and Maggie Valley. Because you’re visiting the Great Smoky Mountains area, you have to spend time exploring, whether or not it’s by climbing, biking or just taking in a sundown.