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Claytor Lake State Park

Photo Credit: Virginia Dept. Conservation & Recreation
Claytor Lake State Park is a park that has it all. The park sits alongside the 4500-acre Claytor Lake.

When it comes to outdoor activities, this state park offers dozens of choices. Visitors can enjoy swimming, boating, fishing and many other water related activities.

The park also has hiking trails, nature and history programs, a visitor center and a variety of overnight facilities.

As is the case in most Virginia state parks, dogs are welcome but they must be kept on a leash. Dogs kept in the park overnight incur an additional fee.

The wildlife in the park is quite diverse. Visitors may see deer, snapping turtles and a several bird species. Guided walks will give you the best chance of spotting some of the park’s wildlife.

All of the features listed above are wonderful, but what makes Claytor lake State Park stand out is Water’s Edge, the park’s onsite marina and meeting facility. Water’s Edge is a first-rate marina with every amenity that boaters expect.

It is also a beautiful meeting facility with lovely views. Some possible uses include seminars, family reunions and weddings. The Water’s Edge can accommodate up to 125 people, with banquet seating for up to 72.
Special events held at the park include the Celebration of Summer and Claytor Lake Fourth of July.

Throughout the year the park offers activities such as guided nature walks, wildlife hikes and the opportunity to hear special speakers address a variety of interesting topics such as wildlife, astronomy, ecology and many others.

Visitors can see for themselves that Claytor Lake State Park really does have it all. Enjoy a few days of camping with family, a day of boating and fishing or a wedding in a gorgeous, natural setting. Claytor Lake State Park is sure to deliver.

Claytor Lake State Park Basics

Parking is available at the park
Boat docking is available
Meeting space is available for rent
This park has a small store and visitors
Cabins should be reserved well in advance as this is a quite popular park.
Handicap accessible: Yes. Some of the park is handicap accessible.
Pet-friendly: Yes, but pets must be kept on a leash at all times. There is a fee for pets kept in the park overnight.
Public bathrooms: Yes
Directions: From I81 take exit 101 to State Park Road. This road will end at the entrance to Claytor Lake State Park.
Call 540-643-2500 for more information.

Location: Dublin
Address: 6620 Ben H. Bolen Drive, Dublin, VA, 24084
Telephone: 1-800-933-7275
Web site:
Latitude: 37.057372
Longitude: -80.627394

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