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Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin

#37 of 100 in Nature in Virginia
Water Body · Hidden Gem · State Park
Claytor Lake State Park is a 472-acre (191 ha) state park in Pulaski County, Virginia. The park is located on Claytor Lake, a 4,500-acre (18 km2), 21-mile-long (34 km) reservoir on the New River formed by Claytor Dam, which is used to generate hydroelectric power by the Appalachian Power Company. The reservoir is named for W. Graham Claytor (1886–1971) of nearby Roanoke, a former vice president of Appalachian Power who supervised construction of the dam and creation of the lake.

Claytor Lake State Park has hiking trails, a freshwater swimming beach, boating and fishing opportunities, a full-service marina, visitor center, concession, lakeside cabins, camping with full hookups, interpretive programs and six rental shelters accommodating large groups. In addition to this, many housing projects have been created around the area due to the enticing lake-front properties.

The Haven B. Howe House is used as a Nature Exhibit Center that focuses on the lake's wildlife habitat. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
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  • Our family (wife, adult children and 2 cats) camped here for 10 days in late October. We camped in the D loop, RV’s and travel trailers. There were plenty of pull-thru and back-in sites. We...  more »
  • Perfectly kept, easy to navigate, great spot. We were passing through on I 81 South and arrived late in the afternoon and so weren't able to see all the amenities but can only imagine. Level sites.....  more »
  • We only stayed one night but the park was beautiful and easily accessible from the interstate. Our site was a nice large level gravel site, didn't even have to unhook the truck. The bathrooms were clean and convenient. Looks like a nice place to mountain bike or go boating. The staff was friendly and helpful. We will definitely stop back on our way through again
  • We stayed overnight here on the way across the country. I had called a few days in advance to ensure our rig would fit and we have a spot. On the phone we where told that the spots where unable to be reserved but they would hold one for us. Upon arrival at 2030 we where instructed that the pull through spots are first come first serve. The park ranger casually mentioned that they are only able to reserve half the sites so we would have to find an open one. We happened to be the last ones to arrive. We entered campsite D being told that there was a spot for us. There was minimal lights to direct where to turn and the site numbers where hard to spot. Unfortunately there was no spot in the area for us. We found the park officer and they found a spot of a no show they put us in. The park itself was gorgeous. It was a quick drive down to the lake with the dog. The spots where very clean and taken care of. The care takers of the park where raking the gravel lots to make them look uniform. Site was affordable at less than $50.00

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