The visitor center is located at the Smith Mountain Lake Dam Site. Visitors can walk through the center to read information, watch a video in a small theatre, and see a 3-D light-up model of the dam and how it works-all telling about the history and development of the lake. There is also a 3-D interactive map with buttons that tells information about the lake. The center also gives interesting information about generating electricity and offers other fun activities and fun facts for children and adults alike.
In addition to the indoor activities, visitors can go outside to walk along a path on the side of the mountain and look over the dam from above. Seeing the dam helps make the information learned throughout the indoor adventure come to life. Visitors can also cook on the charcoal grills outside and enjoy a picnic.