The Bigfoot saga is making the circuitous rounds of Bedford County once again, and it’s not the first time Smith Mountain Lake residents have heard about it.

A persistent ancient legend has it that one shouldn’t venture down near Toler’s Ferry Bridge on the southside of Smith Mountain Lake after nightfall, for a Bigfoot patrols the area by cover of darkness. Why darkness not and by light of day? Well, as all storytellers know, darkness enhances the fright factor in any tall tale. Or is it really just a story?

 Bigfoot, that hairy, elusive creature usually seen running away in amateur videos and photos, has made a recent encore appearance, according to reports in the region. Whether one believes stories of Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch, or Abominable Snowmen (or women) or not, a tale started circulating earlier this month when a news station in Lynchburg posted a story about a possible sighting on the web Sept. 17.

According to the web posting, a woman said she called the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office to report she was driving up Rt. 43 north, toward the Peaks of Otter, a popular camping and hiking destination with a hotel and restaurant, on Sept. 9, around 11:40 p.m. She said her headlight illuminated something weird just past Turkey Mountain Rd., before the first little bridge that crosses the highway before Northside Supply.

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