A meeting was held on Monday night at the Smith Mountain Lake State Park visitor center about plans to expand the park in the coming future, which was announced earlier this month by the Virginia Department of Conservation.

According to Manager Brian Heft, one of the primary concerns raised by those in attendance at the meeting is the park’s campground and number of cabins.

“They were interested in camping changes,” Heft said. “Campers now are bigger and even a 30-foot camper has pop-outs. The way we designed out campground back in 1985 certainly doesn’t take into account the changes that have come about in camping equipment.”

Part of the expansion plan involves an additional 60-site campground because of demand. The new campground will be planned out for how many larger campers are designed.

“We will always have a place for tent campers as well,” Heft said. "That's very important to our users. Our campers are typically people that come for a weekend or maybe stay for a week. We don’t do long term camping, that’s also part of what people do.”

Heft explained that another part of the plan will include additional overnight facilities. Part of this involves adding 10 more cabins. There are currently 20 cabins available for guests at that park.

-For more information, see the Oct. 2 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-

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