Claytor Lake State Park


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Located on the 4,500-acre, 21-mile long Claytor Lake 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 offers swimming, camping, cabins, lodges, a meeting facility, nature and history programs, miles of hiking trails, 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.
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Posted by: TrailAPI on April 10, 2013
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    Campground Activities

    Camping, cabins, boating, nature programs, meeting space, picnicking, swimming in season, hiking

    Campground Amenities

    Bathhouses with hot water, water and electric hookups, dump station, swimming beach in season, boat launch, gift shop, snack bar in season

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    Reviews of Claytor Lake State Park

    Reviewed by cranz001 on May 28, 2013

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    I visited this campground two weeks ago and it was hands down one of the most beautiful state parks I've seen in a while. We enjoyed hiking and will return when the beach is open! To the last comment, there were plenty of young couples there from VA Tech so idk what your talking about retirees and if you don't like the sound of bugs, birds, and nature in general DON'T GO CAMPING.
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    Reviewed by europeancamper on June 27, 2012

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    The best thing about this park is the beach, hands down. But with that said, it is a military park, complete with all the retirees. I would agree with the previous comment. It is too quite, and the bugs, alien-sounding crickets, and crows make it a place to avoid camping in.
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    Reviewed by Guest on August 10, 2010

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    We camp at CLSP often. However, over the years, we've been frustrated by the 10pm "lights/noise out" deal. The rangers hide behind trees in the park then jump out to warn you of talking at the campfire. With three camping sections, many we have camped with over the years would like to see ONE section reserved for those of us who are night people, with a midnight "lights/noise out" ordinance. We come off of the lake at dark and begin to cook supper, love to play cards with our older kids afterwards. There is really no reason that one section cannot be devoted to a later quiet time. 8 out of 10 people I've talked to in the campgrounds would welcome this. Many of us have chosen other campgrounds now, soley because of the militaristic suprise attack of the 10 pm rangers. It's really uncalled for. I do understand if you have small children, then you might want quiet time then, but we have never been NOISEY, just good , clean family interaction around the campfire , but never without the hiding rangers admonishments. It really ruins the experience. So, please, CLSP...create one section for a midnight quiet zone. This is an alcohol free park, so it isn't late night partiers, just some families with older children or just adults, who aren't ready for beddy bye time at 10 pm. How about meeting the needs of all campers, not just the minority?
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