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Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


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.

Claytor Lake State Park covers 472 acres. Lake size, 4,500 acres; 21 miles long. The park has approximately three miles of lake frontage.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • 30 Amp Service
  • Beach Area
  • Boat Launch
  • Boat Rental
  • Cabins
  • Camping
  • Comfort Station
  • Conference Center
  • Dump Station
  • Environmental Programs
  • Family Lodge
  • Fishing, Freshwater
  • Gas Dock
  • Gazebo
  • Gift/Souvenir Shop
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historical Areas/Struct.
  • Horseshoes
  • Ice
  • Lake
  • Meeting Hall
  • Motorboats Permitted
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Programs
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Showers - Hot
  • Slip Rentals
  • Snack Bar
  • Special Hunts
  • Swimming - Lake
  • Visitor Center
Alerts and Important Information

There is a per night per pet fee for cats and dogs in all cabins and lodges (pets are not allowed in the Kiptopeke yurt). Customers making reservations via the web are responsible for visiting the park office to pay all applicable pet fees. Customers may also call the reservation center at 800-933-7275 to pay the pet fees in advance.

Notice for Campers:


One of the most important things we can do to protect Virginia's trees and forest diversity is stop moving firewood. New infestations of tree-killing insects and diseases are often first found in campgrounds and parks. Why? Because people have accidently spread invasive species when they brought firewood along with them. In Virginia, there are numerous counties under quarantines, issued by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, due to an invasive insect pest or disease. These quarantines restrict the movement of firewood or wood by products from certain tree species. Moving firewood in violation of a quarantine is a class 1 misdemeanor and upon conviction, you could be subject to; confinement in jail for up to twelve months and a fine of $2,500.00 or both. For more information on areas under quarantine, go to http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/news/releases-a/062212eabexpand.shtml


Getting There:

From I-81, take Exit 101 (Claytor Lake) to State Route 660. Route 660 ends at the park entrance. Claytor Lake State Park, 6620 Ben H. Bolen Drive, Dublin, VA 24084; phone, (540) 643-2500

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

6620 Ben Bolen Dr.
DUBLIN VA 24084-5643

Phone Number:

Information: (540)643-2500

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Pursuant to Code of Virginia, no fire of any sort is permitted, including charcoal, between February 15 and April 30, except between the hours of 4PM to midnight. This includes campgrounds and picnic area / cabin grills. Camping stoves that are self-contained are permitted (ex. Coleman Stove). from Feb 15 2012 to Apr 30 2012
  • The pool and snak bar will be closed weekdays, beginning August 22, through the rest of the season. from Aug 22 2012 to Aug 31 2012