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Virginia
Southwestern Region
Claytor Lake State Park
CLAYTOR LAKE STATE PARK
CLAYTOR LAKE STATE PARK
6620 Ben H. Bolen Drive
Dublin, Virginia   24094-5643

Phone: 540-643-2500
Toll Free: 800-933-7275
Reservations: 540-643-2500
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Located on the 4,500 acre, 21-mile long Claytor Lake (from which the park was named) in the New River Valley of southwestern Virginia, Claytor Lake State Park offers a wide variety of activities for water and land enthusiasts. Easily accessible from Interstate 81, the park features the only full service marina in the state park system. In addition, there are miles of hiking trails, swimming, camping facilities, cabins and a visitor center. The visitor center is located in the historic Howe House.

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.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Electric Sitesyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
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Swimming
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, lake swimming is available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. (Hours are somewhat shorter when local schools are in session in early June and late August.) The swimming season begins the weekend prior to Memorial Day weekend and runs daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The area features a swimming beach with diving tower, snack bar, and souvenir and gift shop.

Swimming is free for campers and cabin guests but cannot be guaranteed should circumstances beyond the park's control require that swimming be closed. We do not give refunds for swimming to overnight guests under any circumstances.
Boating
Motorboats permitted.

Each year in November, the lake is drawn down approximately five feet for maintenance. During this period, usually two weeks, it may be impossible to launch boats from the Claytor Lake boat launch, and fishing from the shore is difficult. There is a public boat launch just outside the park from which guests may be able to launch unless they have particularly large boats. The lake level will return to normal over time depending on rain.


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Picnicking
Picnic areas include grills, drinking water and restroom facilities. Several restrooms and shelters are handicap accessible. Seven picnic shelters are available for rent through the reservation center by calling 1-800-933-7275. Shelter capacity varies from 30 to 100 people.

Seven shelters are available for rent. Large and small shelters are available. Shelters can be rented from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (all day). Parking and swimming fees are not included in the shelter rental fee. The park also offers for rent a special gazebo, which is quite popular for weddings.

Cancellation policy: No refund within 14 days before reserved date. Before then, there's a cancellation fee.



Trails
About three miles of hiking trails are open year-round. Plant life is predominantly representative of a mature oak-hickory forest. Extensive reforestation is ongoing. White-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrels and other species are common.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 29 Had a good time.
Ranger was very rude. Just looking for something to get us on. Other then that had a good time
February 24 Ranger by ibeboatin
Glad to see. Ranger was doing his/her job by enforcing no alcohol rule. Those who want to booze shoulld go elsewhere. We had a great stay at lodges 3 times over the years.
May 17 Worst Camping Experience of My Life
My family wanted to go camping to celebrate my sisters graduation from college, too bad we choose Claytor Lake. Six people were arrested from my group for being drunk in public. There was no noise complaint, only 4 people were outside of their tents. I was asleep inside my tent and was arrested for being intoxicated in public. The lake was beautiful and the campsites were nice but sadly i did not get to go hiking, swimming, or make smores over the fire like i wanted. So, if you plan on having a beer with your burger on your campsite do not stay here. In my opinion Claytor Lake needs to remove that Ranger.
September 7 Labor Day @ Claytor Lake by BB
It was nice, lots of shady picnic areas. The park bathrooms were nice and clean, nice place. Only one fishing dock, though, need one or two more!
July 26 Great Family Fun by TR from Orlando
This campgrounds was very clean the bathhouses were excellently taken care of. We plan to stay at this friendly park many more times.Everyone was friendly from the camp host and most of all the poeple who checked us in. Great job to all of you.


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Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Pilot Knob Inn - Pinnacle, NCBBs / Inns
Designed with Romance In Mind for your Perfect Romantic Getaway for you your Sweetheart. We are nestled in a wooded landscape, our individual log cabins are designed to provide you with the rustic charm of yesteryear along with the comforts we enjoy today. A six acre lake in walking distance from all cabins suites.
Web Site: pilotknobinn.com/
49.8 miles from park*
Hemlock Haven Cabins - Hico, WVCottages and Cabins
We are luxury, dog friendly cabins located in Fayette County minutes from the New and Gauley Rivers. Each cabin has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, complete kitchens, washer and dryers, gas fireplaces, an outdoor 6-person hot tubs, gas grill, and a private fenced yard with a fire ring and benches.
Web Site: hemlockhavenwv.com
73.8 miles from park*
Area Resources
Sky Scape Cabins LLC - Martinsville, VABuilding Contractors
Vacation and retirement Log cabin packages for sale. Lowest prices in America.
Web Site: skyscapecabins.com
46.7 miles from park*
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Directions
From I-81, take Exit 101 (Claytor Lake) to State Park Road (State Route 660). State Park Road ends at the park's entrance.

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Claytor Lake State Park
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