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Located near the northwest city border in the Bayside area, The Lake Smith and Lake Lawson Natural Area is a forty-two acre preserve with more than 12,200 feet of shoreline in Virginia Beach.


The natural area’s primary purpose is to preserve the indigenous vegetation and wildlife in order to serve as green infrastructure and as a scenic environment for Virginia Beach residents to enjoy. Natural areas include areas for protection and management of the natural/cultural environment with recreation use as a secondary objective. Recreational use might include passive recreation activities such as hiking, birding, and environmental education, but may also include public waterway access improvements, public fishing opportunities, and trail connections.


The plans for The Lake Lawson and Lake Smith Natural Area were specifically developed to have a low environmental impact and include green design elements. The plans feature a new boat ramp, restrooms, playground, pedestrian bridge, and walking trails and are scheduled for completion in late Spring of 2013


Photography by Craig McClure



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Taken on August 22, 2012