Smith Lake Recreation Area
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Beach and Wake Zone Cable Park
PLEASE NOTE: Smith Lake Beach and Cable Park are closed until further notice. Please be sure to check out our other Smith Lake Recreation Area options and monitor this website for updates.
The Smith Lake Beach and the Wake Zone Cable Park are open to the public.
Bring the whole family out to Smith Lake Beach for some fun in the sun! Just for your awareness, the water quality at Smith Lake is safe! Water is tested weekly to ensure the safety of our customers. Concessions are available.
- Active Duty: $5
- DoD ID Cardholders: $7
- General Public (Civilian): $10
- Combo Pack for DoD ID Cardholders only (2 Adults/3 Children): $15
Wake Zone Cable Park
The Smith Lake Wake Zone Cable Park is a state of the art water skiing system that pulls the water sports enthusiast effortlessly over smooth waters. Amateur and Pro wakeboarders will enjoy an affordable day of fun!
- DoD ID Cardholders
- 1 hour: $20
- 2 hours: $25
- 4 hours: $30
- All-Day Pass: $40
- Season Pass: $600
- 1 hour: $23
- 2 hours: $28
- 4 hours: $35
- All-Day Pass: $45
- Season Pass: $750
Army Travel Campground and Cabins
The Army Travel Campground is open to DoD ID Cardholders and their guests.
The Army Travel Campground is open year-round.
Smith Lake Army Travel Campground Rules and Fees (.pdf) - This is a printable document where you will find detailed rules and price information.
- Small cabin: $55 per night
- Large cabin: $135 per night
- RV sites:
- Full service, pull-through (water, electric, and sewer): $25
- Full service, back-in (water, electric, and sewer): $23
- Partial service (water and electric only; no sewer): $18
- Primitive tent camping: $12 per tent
- Bathhouses with individual bathrooms
- Sewage dump station, complimentary for registered campground guests
- Coin-operated washers and dryers
- Fishing on the north side of the lake; Ft. Bragg and NC fishing permit required, no motorized watercraft
- Mountain bike and hiking trails; bike rentals available
- Park and picnic areas with ADA playgrounds, volleyball, and basketball courts (fees may apply)
- Seasonal lake front operations; swimming, wakeboard cable system, paddleboat/canoe rental (fees apply)
Enjoy the tranquil setting of our rustic cabins in the midst of North Carolina’s long-leaf pine tree forest.
- Our small cabins sleep up to 4 and are equipped with 1 double bed, a small fridge and microwave, a table, and 4 chairs.
- Our large cabins sleep up to 8 and feature 2 bedrooms (1 double bed, 1 set of bunk beds), a loft (futon sleeper), a living area (futon sleeper), a full-size bathroom, and a kitchenette with a table and 4 chairs (a minimum 2-night stay is required).
- All cabins are air-conditioned/heated. Smoking is not permitted in the cabins. Must bring own sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels.
- No pets are allowed. Violators will be asked to remove the pet immediately, and an additional $100 fee will be charged.
The Smith Lake park area is open 7 days a week, from dawn to dusk, and is open to the public.
The pavilions and parks (Smith Lake, Wilson, Woodland and Flightline) are free to use but require a reservation and a refundable deposit of $150. Visit our Parks page for detailed information.
Mountain Biking/Hiking Trails
The mountain biking/hiking trails are open to the public, and are open year round.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the trail head located for the mountain bike trails?
The mountain bike trail head is located on the left side of Smith Lake Road, approx. .75 miles from Honeycutt Rd. It is marked with a sign. This is not a multi-use trail and designated for mountain bikers only. Smith Lake Recreation Area Trails Map (.pdf)
Where is the start of the 5K walking and running trail located?
The start of the 5K walking and running trail is located in the Smith Lake Park Area, near the beginning of the campground road. Please follow the signs posted at the entrance to the park. This is a natural terrain train and may not be suitable for strollers. Smith Lake Recreation Area Trails Map (.pdf)
Is fishing allowed on Smith Lake? What licenses are required and can I take a boat?
Fishing is allowed on Smith Lake at the designated location on the north side of the lake. Follow the sign posted on Smith Lake road, approx. .5 miles from Honeycutt road on the right side. The trail to the fishing area is a gravel/sand road and may not be suitable for all vehicles.
Fishing is not allowed near the beach swim area, the Water Cable Way area, or from the shoreline near the campground.
Both, a North Carolina state and the Fort Bragg fishing license are required to fish on Smith Lake, or any of the other Fort Bragg lakes. Fort Bragg fishing licenses can be obtained at the Fort Bragg Wildlife office located on Gruber Road (910) 396-7506.
Non-motorized personal watercraft is allowed in the lake and the intake is at the fishing area. Watercraft is not allowed to cross the buoy lines that mark the designated recreation area.
What is the pet policy at Smith Lake Recreation Area?
Pets are not allowed in the park areas, at the beach, or in any of the cabins on the campground. Pets are allowed to stay in RVs, tents, and on the hiking trail. Pets must be on a leash at all times. Breed restrictions apply IAW Fort Bragg policy.
What is the alcohol policy at Smith Lake Recreation Area?
Alcohol is not allowed at events or parties taking place in any of the park areas or at the beach.
Can I hunt at Smith Lake Recreation Area?
No! Hunting is strictly prohibited at Smith Lake Recreation Area.