An official army family and MWR Site

Smith Lake Recreation Area

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Smith Lake Beach is open to DoD ID cardholders and their guests.

NO outside alcohol, pets or glass containers. 

View Beach Rules (.pdf) for the complete list of rules.

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. Additionally, the beach is ADA accessible. 


  • Closed for the season

Entry Fee

  • Ages 12 years and older, $5
  • Ages 4-11 years, $3
  • Ages 3 years and younger, FREE

Beach Pavilion Rental

  • Small Beach Pavilions (4 available)
    • 3 hours - $35
      • 11 am - 2 pm
      • 2-5 pm
    • 6 hours - $50 (all day)
  • Large Beach Pavilion (1 available)
    • All day - $150
Army Travel Campground


The Army Travel Campground is open to DoD ID Cardholders and their guests and is open year round.

Army Travel Campground Rules and Fees (.pdf) - This is a printable document where you will find detailed rules and price information.

Prices at a glance

  • Small cabin: $55 per night
  • Large cabin: $135 per night with a two night minimum stay
  • 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 (day of reservations only). Will not rent sites in inclement weather.

Campground amenities

  • Bath houses with individual bath rooms
  • 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 (under construction), paddle boat/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 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 allowed. Violators will be asked to remove the pet immediately, and an additional $100 fee will be charged.
Park Area

The Smith Lake park area is open 7 days a week, from dawn to dusk, and is open to the public.

Park area/pavilion use is free, however, a refundable deposit of $150 is required. Visit our Parks page for detailed information on all our parks.

Mountain Biking & Hiking Trails

The mountain biking/hiking trails are open to the public, and are open year round.

Official trail use: Official use of the trails may begin ½ hour after sunrise and must end ½ before sunset to de-conflict potential impacts to the federal endangered RCW roosting activities.

Smith Lake Recreation Area Trails Map (.pdf) - Please note that there has been a temporary change in the bike routes - certain portions are closed (which will last through approximately July 31, 2021). See map for changes.

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, approximately .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) - Please note that there has been a temporary change in the bike routes - certain portions are closed. See map for changes.

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.

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