Located on the 4,500-acre, 21-mile long Claytor Lake, this state park is just a quick ten mile drive from Radford. Claytor Lake State Park offers a wide variety of activities for water and land enthusiasts, including 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
Swimming: Swimming is available in Claytor Lake from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. The area has a diving tower, snack bar and gift shop.
Trails: About three miles of hiking trails with easy to moderate ratings are open year-round. Plant life is predominantly representative of a mature oak-hickory-poplar forest. Extensive reforestation is ongoing. White-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrels and other species are common.
Fishing, Boating: Motorboats are permitted. Bass, catfish, muskie, walleye and striped bass are among the popular sport fish found in the lake. A valid Virginia fishing license is required and is
available at the marina when it is open or the park office during the off-season. Fishing licenses are also available in Radford at the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue, 619 Second St., Radford, VA 24141. They may also be reached at (540) 731-3613.
For more information on camping, cabins and lodges, please visit Claytor Lake State Park’s website.