$150 - $225 per night 2 night min stay
$175-$325/nt - $850- $1250/wk
Claytor Lake Travel Tips
Explore Beautiful Virginia from Claytor Lake Vacation Rentals
The 21-mile long Claytor Lake in southwest Virginia makes a great base for enjoying all that this beautiful state has to offer. The lake was created by damming the New River in 1939 in order to generate electric power. It now offers superb boating, fishing and acres of hardwood and pine forests. The nearby U.S. 11 was a former wagon trail for settlers heading south and is known as Wilderness Road. The lake has an excellent marina and a visitor center at historic Howe House as well as miles of maintained hiking trails.
Things to Do from Your Claytor Lake Lodging
Claytor Lake cabins are ideal for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits. The area offers boating and lake cruising, fishing, bird watching, swimming and picnicking. Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are also popular. In early to mid-October, visitors will see the fabled fall colors on the mountains with maples, aspens, beech, oak and ash trees creating a brilliant display of yellow, red and orange foliage. In the late fall, there is a strictly controlled deer hunt.
The lake’s steep shoreline creates the ideal habitat for smallmouth and spotted bass with record catches documented here. Other water-based activities include sailing, jet skiing and windsurfing. Bird watchers will see American goldfinches in the tall weeds and resident ducks include mallards, coots, colorful wood ducks, egrets, herons and Canada geese.
Places to Visit Around Claytor Lake
The nearest town is Dublin, three miles northwest of the lake. Perhaps the most unique place to visit is the Shot Tower Historical State Park where tours can be taken. The tower was built in 1807 and provided a way that molten lead could be dropped; as it fell, it cooled and formed a perfect ball.
Other attractions include the Wilderness Road Museum in historic Newbern and the Smithfield Plantation, one of Virginia’s most interesting landmark buildings which can be toured with costumed guides. Cascades Waterfall can be enjoyed along the trails in Little Stony Creek Valley. For more lively entertainment, head for the Motor Mile Speedway at Radford. Wytheville has a number of interesting local museums as well as the Beagle Ridge Herb Farm which is a delight for green-thumbed gardeners.
The Best Time to Choose Claytor Lake Cabins
Virginia enjoys a pleasant climate with humid, subtropical temperatures which are neither extremely hot nor extremely cold. January in the mountains can range from 24 to 44 F and during the summer, the temperatures reach up to 85 F on rare occasions. The area has more rainfall than the coast, with 47 inches annually which falls as snow in the winter months. The warm days of summer and the splendid fall colors are the most popular times for visitors to stay in Claytor Lake cabins.
The Best Way to Travel to Claytor Lake Cabins
The easiest way to reach Claytor Lake is by car. Driving times are five hours from Northern Virginia, four hours from Richmond, five hours from Norfolk and the Virginia Beach area, and just one hour from Roanoke.
The Pros and Cons of Claytor Lake Vacation Rentals
The only way to really enjoy life on the lake is by renting your own Claytor Lake lodging. Set in scenic locations, Claytor Lake cabins often have beautiful views of the surrounding area from their open porches. Trade the convenience of hotel room service for the peace and quiet of nature.
The well equipped and comfortable cabins offer cozy bases from which to enjoy the area's attractions. From breakfast in the country kitchen, prepared just how you like it, to sunsets on the verandah, having your own Claytor Lake vacation rentals is hard to beat. The well equipped accommodation, wood burning fires and comfortable beds make these the perfect places to stay at very competitive prices, especially for families.