The 10 Best Things to Do in Huddleston, United States

December 27, 2017 Toi Mattera

Huddleston is an unincorporated community in Bedford County, Virginia, United States, 12.5 miles (20.1 km) south-southeast of Bedford. Huddleston has a post office with ZIP code 24104, which opened on August 28, 1909. Huddleston Elementary School is located in the community.
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1. Booker T. Washington National Monument

12130 Booker T Washington Hwy, Hardy, VA 24101-3968 +1 540-721-2094
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4.5 based on 78 reviews

Booker T. Washington National Monument

Located in Franklin County, this is the site of the famous educator's slave cabin and birthplace.

Reviewed By Donna W - Fallston, Maryland

This is a very nice, well kept historic site, and I learned a lot about the life of Booker T. Washington. There is a very good movie and a nice little museum, plus the home site. There are farm animals which is very nice. I was a little disappointed that the "plantation" house is no longer there.

2. National D-Day Memorial

3 Overlord Cir, Bedford, VA 24523-6094 +1 800-351-3329
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5 based on 674 reviews

National D-Day Memorial

The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, Virginia - the community suffering the highest per capita D-Day losses in the nation. The Memorial honors the Allied forces that participated in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 during World War II. With its stylized English Garden, haunting invasion tableau, and striking Victory Plaza, the Memorial stands as a powerful permanent tribute to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of D-Day participants. The Memorial is encompassed by the names of the 4,413 Allied soldiers who died in the invasion, the most complete list of its kind anywhere in the world. Visitors can expect both an educational experience as well as an emotional one, as they walk the grounds at the Memorial and leave with a clear understanding of the scale and sacrifices made during the largest amphibious landing the world has ever seen. On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which "we will accept nothing less than full victory." More than 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft supported the invasion, and by day's end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in France. The D-Day cost was high with more than 9,000 Allied soldiers killed or wounded as the march across Europe to defeat Hitler began.

Reviewed By Jack L - East Syracuse, New York

June 6, 19044 will be a date no American should forget if they are the age of 40. The names of every American, British, Canadian & French soldiers killed on the beaches are listed on a wall a short walk from the Overlord Arch. One wall includes the U.S. & British airborne troops & the U.S. naval ships that supported the landing force. These are battleships-Nevada, Texas, & Arkansas, cruiser-Augusta & destroyer-Rick.

Kevin-our guide-was very thorough in very moment of every hour. Kevin first started with Gen. Eisenhower's commanders-American Omar Bradly & Walter 'Beetle" Smith & British generals- Bertram Ramsey, Authur Tadder, Bernard 'Monty' Montgomery, & Trafford Leigh-Mallory . One wall has Gen. Eisenhower's words given shortly before the invasion began-'Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen of the Expeditionary Force'. Also included a plaque-American Worker-1935-1945-We Can Do It.

There is a small version of the Atlantic Wall, with under water obstructions such as the heddhog that could rip out the hull of a Higgens landing craft. To simulate machine gun bullets striking the water, are under water air jets forcing water into the air. In front Atlantic Wall is the recreation of the climbing/storming of Pointe-du-Hoc cliffs. A small exhibit is a L-3 "Grasshopper" observation aircraft.

The Arch of Overlord stands just behind the storming of Pointe-du-Hoc. Behind the Arch are the 12 nations that took part in the landing or supported in some mannor.

Tour tickets can be purchased at the Bed Visitor Center or on site. My tour lasted about one hour & 15 minutes starting at 10:30. Tours start every half hour. What surprised me was the small number-about 30- in the tour. Possibly the time of day was a factor. After the guide tour, I did a self-tour, being able to photograph at a slower and not having a group in my way.

Plenty of free parking & gift shop. The only other WW11 site that equals this memorial is the National Mall WW 11 Memorial in Washington D.C.

A visit is highly recommended.

3. Smith Mountain Lake

Moneta, VA +1 540-915-6569
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4.5 based on 257 reviews

Smith Mountain Lake

Reviewed By soccerkingdom - Montvale, New Jersey

If you want relaxation and a peaceful setting then Smith Mountain Lake is the place! We have been coming for years and enjoyed the boating, food, wineries and people! We love it so much we have relocated here and have a home on the lake. Just the most beautiful area where you can relax and enjoy life! People are so pleasant and kind too! Plan your trip!

4. Smith Mountain Lake State Park

1235 Rd 888, Huddleston, VA 24104 +1 540-297-6066
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4.5 based on 78 reviews

Smith Mountain Lake State Park

Reviewed By Mickeymotto - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

....it was so incredibly beautiful and serene at Smith Mountain Lake. Boating, fishing, water sports and more. It is truly an outdoor paradise here. I was amazed and blown away at the views surrounding the area. We were only here for a long weekend, but plan to do a future trip again.

5. Avoca Museum & Historical Society

1514 Main St, Altavista, VA 24517-1161 +1 434-369-1076
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5 based on 11 reviews

Avoca Museum & Historical Society

Reviewed By Travelingteacher407 - Lynchburg, Virginia

My 8 year old daughter and I visited this incredible house and really enjoyed it. I had no idea this museum existed and I am so glad we found it. Audrey and Mike gave us a spectacular and personal tour with great information presented in a kid friendly way. The grounds and the gardens were beautiful with many things to see. We look forward to going back again very soon.

6. Smith Mountain Dam Visitor's Center

2072 Ford Rd, Sandy Level, VA 24161-4238
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Smith Mountain Dam Visitor's Center

Reviewed By Snowbird607 - New Jersey

The Visitors Center gives a great historical account of the lake's formation and the building of the dam, as well as an educational explanation of how the dam produces electrical power to the surrounding counties. There are also outside pathways to get a close-up view of the dam and Smith Mountain.

7. Bedford Area Welcome Center

816 Burks Hill Rd, Bedford, VA 24523-3205 +1 877-447-3257
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5 based on 99 reviews

Bedford Area Welcome Center

Start every visit to Bedford at the Bedford Area Welcome Center! Offering free Wi-Fi, coffee, publications, information, maps, restrooms, picnic area, and a gift store featuring many unique and local items. National D-Day Memorial tickets are sold inside the Welcome Center. A 1927 Seagrave fire truck is showcased in the Fireman’s Exhibit, also part of the Welcome Center. And starting in May 2017, the Welcome Center will be home to Bedford’s first set of LOVE letters! The Welcome Center is located at 816 Burks Hill Road, Bedford, VA 24523, at the intersection of Route 460 and Route 122. Our hours of operation are January thru December 9:00am to 5:00pm. seven days a week. The Center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The building, with large expanses of glass orientated to absorb views of the Peaks of Otter and the National D-Day Memorial, were paramount issues in the design process. Exhibits within the Welcome Center showcase the area’s many attractions and amenities as well its commerce and vision for the future. Exterior features that make up the rustic flavor of the Center include covered porches, clapboard siding, shadow casting shingles, a decorative cupola, picnic area and terraces. The building is fully accessible and parking provides spaces for the disabled as well as motor coaches and campers.

Reviewed By luvthebanksBristolVa - bristol va

Everyone at the welcome center is so welcoming and friendly. Wanted to know where we were from and be sure to sign the guest book. There is also a tiny theater will you can see a movie on the D-Day invasion. Also all kinds of...MoreThank you for visiting and for your kind review! Please come back and visit again sometime.

8. SML Boat Rentals

Mitchell's Point Marina, Huddleston, VA +1 540-484-3980
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4 based on 14 reviews

SML Boat Rentals

Reviewed By tek1025 - Washington, DC

We rented a boat from SML Boat Rentals recently and had a fantastic time. We had never been to Smith Mountain Lake before but left looking forward to coming back. The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. They answered all of our questions and have an easy checkout process. The pontoon boat we rented was is very comfortable and well cared for. We also rented a tube and had a blast! There are plenty of places to cruise around to and ski or tube.

9. Bridgewater Marina

16410 Booker T Washington Hwy, Moneta, VA 24121-5865 +1 540-721-1639
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4 based on 55 reviews

Bridgewater Marina

We are #1 when it comes to Smith Mountain Lake boat rentals and second place isn't even close! In fact, Bridgewater Marina has one of the largest boat rental fleets in the entire country! We have over 100 rental boats at 3 different locations. We are your adventure concierge service while you visit Smith Mountain Lake.

Reviewed By Keith L

Shopping, min-golf, several very good restaurants, ice cream, feed the fish, rent or gas up the boats. It's a standard stop on any typical lake weekend. On weekends the nightlife and love music is very popular so get in early for a seat at Mango's. But go to Moosies or the Mexican restaurant for the food tho.

10. A Goode View Alpaca Farm

1473 Heathwood Dr, Goode, VA 24556-2764 +1 540-586-4732
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

A Goode View Alpaca Farm

We are a working Alpaca Farm in Goode, VA...we breed, raise and sell Alpacas and Alpaca made goods.if you would like a farm tour, need information on Alpacas or would like to shop at our farm store..."THE NATURAL ALPACA SHOP"...for beautiful Alpaca made items..please feel free to come to our farm....OUR TOURS ARE ALWAYS FREE....we are open Thursday thru Sunday.....from 9am to dusk or call

Reviewed By Cindylou60 - Troutville, Virginia

This farm is very clean and alpacas well cared for. Doesn't take very long for the $5 fee, 3 alpacas to feed and pet, we didn't do the craft that is extra. Store is well stocked and prices high, but I think that's expected with alpaca goods. We did get to see some puppies that they breed which the grandgirls loved.

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