Getting ready for a hayride at the Smith Mountain Lake State Park is Earl Carr, a member of and the tractor driver for the evening. Standing in the wagon and holding a stuffed owl is park interpreter Jet Lawler.
Smith Mountain Lake State Park offers hayrides twice a week at sunset.
The wagon follows a path through the woods for about 40 minutes. During this ride, the park interpreter talks about owls and calls to them at various times.
A second option offers information about bats. At stops along the way, riders can see the nocturnal creatures emerging for their evening hunt. The interpreter uses an amplifier to pick up the high frequency sounds that the bats make and converts it to "clicks" that humans can hear. This ride lasts about 50 minutes.
Reservations can be made at the park office by calling 540-297-6066.
For more information about the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park, visit www.smlspfriends.com.