What to do in Claytor Lake State Park

The lake and the park are named after Graham Claytor (1886-1971), who was vice president of Appalachian Power and supervised construction of the dam. The parcel consists of 4,500 acres along the 21-mile long Claytor Lake. The park offers a wide variety of activities for water and land enthusiasts. Very easily accessible from Interstate 81, the park features the only full service marina in the state park system. A visitor center is located in the historic Howe House.

Claytor Lake State Park is a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike. It has limited hiking trails, freshwater swimming beach, boating and fishing opportunities, a full-service marina, visitor center, concession, beautiful lakeside cabins, camping with full hookups, interpretive programs and six rental shelters accommodating large groups.

Wilderness Road Regional Museum and the Long Way Home Outdoor Historical Drama are local recreational opportunities.

From I-81, take Exit 101 to State Rt. 660 which takes you directly to the park entrance.

Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The mountainous Blue Ridge area has cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The summer mountainous Blue Ridge temperatures range from below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).

4400 State Park Road
Dublin, VA 24084

Phone: 540-643-2500

Email: pco@dcr.state.va.us
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