Claytor Lake, Virginia, USA

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Claytor Lake, Virginia, USA

Claytor Lake vacation rentals

A slice of rural Virginia at Claytor Lake

Glinting away in Pulaski County, Claytor Lake is one of Virginia's most coveted summer escapes. A chunk of the shoreline is occupied by Claytor Lake State Park which is dotted with grassy picnic sites, fishing piers, and a full-service marina. While the park is beautiful, you'll only see a slice of Claytor Lake if you stay within its footprint. If you want to escape the crowds and enjoy an utterly local experience there's no looking past Claytor Lake vacation rentals. Dotting the shoreline, they unlock access to grassy lawns, private docks, and outdoor entertaining areas with million-dollar views.

Live the boating life

Stretching for 21 miles, Claytor Lake is all about fun in the sun. From lazy picnics on the beach to afternoon fishing trips, there are endless opportunities to get your feet wet. Want to hire a boat for your stay? Head down to the marina for rentals, supplies, refreshments, and an upbeat atmosphere. The state park is home to a handful of campsites, but, if you don't want to compromise on comfort, Claytor Lake vacation rentals are a top choice. With spacious living areas and fully equipped kitchens, you'll feel right at home.

Tying the knot in romantic Claytor Lake

Built in the 1800s, historic Haven B. Howe House serves as the park's official visitors' center. As well as interactive exhibits showcasing the lake's ecology, it also features a swimming dock, boat-hire station, snack bar, gift store, and a string of family-friendly hiking trails. You can picnic on the grass, or rent bikes and explore the shoreline on 2 wheels. With its beautiful lakefront setting, the Water's Edge meeting facility is one of Virginia's most coveted wedding destinations. If you're planning on tying the knot, luxury Claytor Lake vacation rentals are spacious enough to house your entire wedding party.

Endless summers in Claytor Lake

Like the rest of Virginia, crowds peak from Memorial Day right through to Labor Day. The atmosphere is infectious, with warm weather that's perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Beyond summer, locals tout late spring and early fall as the best times to visit Claytor Lake. It may not be warm enough to swim, but there's still plenty of sunshine which means you can fish, kayak, and hike. Cold weather rolls in for winter and sees crowds taper off. It's a great time to snap up low season rates and enjoy a tranquil getaway in snow-dusted Virginia.

Reel in your own Catch of the Day in Claytor Lake

Once a key hydroelectric project of the Appalachian Power Company, Claytor Lake is now a haven for sunseekers. Its shoreline is bordered for 3 miles by Claytor Lake State Park, which covers a sprawling 470-acre footprint. The lake is known for its sport fishing, with the chance to reel in bass, catfish, muskie, and walleye. If you're planning on casting a line, don't forget to pick up a valid Virginia fishing license from the marina or park office.