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Claytor-Lake is located in southwestern Virginia approximately an hour from Roanoke. The 21-mile, 4,500-acre lake is easily accessible from Interstate 81. Situated in the New River Valley, Claytor Lake is part of Claytor Lake State Park, which is a big draw for water sports enthusiasts and other nature lovers. Claytor Lake State Park offers swimming, fishing, boating, camping, miles of hiking trails, history programs, cabins, lodges and a meeting facility. Fishing is challenging, but good, in the narrow, winding waters of the Claytor Lake, and the steep shorelines make an excellent habitat for smallmouth and spotted bass. With 472 acres of forestland, Claytor Lake State Park is the centerpiece of Claytor Lake, and draws some 300,000 people per year. Nearby Interstate 81 and U.S. Route 11 closely follow the Old Wilderness Road, a footpath and wagon trail used by settlers traveling south down the Shenandoah and Roanoke valleys from Pennsylvania. For thousands of years prior, the road was a well-traveled route used by southern Cherokee and Catawba tribes, as well as the northern Iroquois Confederacy of Five Nations. A mystic German sect called the Ephrata Brethren (later to be known as Dunkards) settled on the land now covered by Claytor Lake. When the New River was dammed to form Claytor Lake in 1939, the community known as Dunkards Bottom was swallowed by the rising waters.

Surrounding areas: Floyd, Virginia (18.5 mi), Fancy Gap, Virginia (28.9 mi), Galax, Virginia (34.2 mi)

Claytor Lake Vacation Rentals

Claytor Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Sleep Inn & Suites5094 State Park RdDublin, VA3.6 mi.(540) 674-4099
Executive MotelRadford, VA3.9 mi.(540) 639-1664
Comfort Inn & Suites2331 Tyler AveRadford, VA4.2 mi.(540) 639-3333
Super 8 Motel-radford1600 Tyler AveRadford, VA4.3 mi.(540) 731-9355
Best Western Radford Inn1501 Tyler AveRadford, VA4.4 mi.(540) 639-3000
Super 8 Motel4600 Cleburne BlvdDublin, VA5.8 mi.(540) 674-1951
Comfort Inn-Dublin4424 Cleburne BlvdDublin, VA6.0 mi.(540) 674-1100
Holiday Inn Express4428 Cleburne BlvdDublin, VA6.0 mi.(540) 674-1600
Super 8 Motel-christiansburg/blacksburg55 Laurel StChristiansburg, VA10.8 mi.(540) 382-5813
Hampton Inn Christiansburg Blacksburg380 Arbor DrChristiansburg, VA11.1 mi.(540) 381-5874
Microtel Inn & Suites185 Ponderosa DrChristiansburg, VA11.2 mi.(540) 381-0500
Comfort Inn Blacksburg3705 S Main StBlacksburg, VA12.6 mi.(540) 951-1500
Ramada LTD3503 Holiday LnBlacksburg, VA12.6 mi.(540) 951-1330
Best Western Red Lion Inn900 Plantation RdBlacksburg, VA12.9 mi.(540) 552-7770
Amersuites Blacksburg1020 Plantation RdBlacksburg, VA13.0 mi.(540) 552-5636
Knights Inn100 Bristol DrChristiansburg, VA13.1 mi.(540) 381-0150
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott Christiansburg2659 Roanoke StChristiansburg, VA13.5 mi.(540) 381-9596
Quality Inn50 Hampton BlvdChristiansburg, VA13.5 mi.(540) 382-2055
Super 82780 Roanoke StChristiansburg, VA13.7 mi.(540) 382-7421
Blacksburg Four Points Hotel900 Prices FRK RdBlacksburg, VA14.2 mi.(540) 552-7001
Hampton Inn Ft Chiswell/Max Meadows199 Ft Chiswell RdMax Meadows, VA21.4 mi.(276) 637-4027
HotelRt 2Max Meadows, VA21.4 mi.(276) 637-4141
Super 8 Motel Of Ft Chiswell194 FT Chiswell RdMax Meadows, VA21.4 mi.(800) 800-8000
Comfort Inn2594 E Lee HwyWytheville, VA22.0 mi.(276) 637-4281
Knob Hill Motor Lodge Inc305 E Stuart DrHillsville, VA23.0 mi.(276) 728-2131
Hampton Inn-hillsville90 Farmers MKT RdHillsville, VA23.1 mi.(276) 728-2345
Holiday Inn Express1994 Carrollton Pike RdHillsville, VA23.1 mi.(276) 728-9100
Holiday Inn Express85 Airport RdHillsville, VA25.1 mi.(276) 728-2120
Super 899 Farmers Market RdHillsville, VA26.1 mi.(276) 728-4125
Comfort Inn151 Farmers Market DrHillsville, VA26.3 mi.(276) 730-9999
Days Inn Wytheville150 Malin DrWytheville, VA27.4 mi.(276) 228-5500
Motel 6220 Lithia RdWytheville, VA27.4 mi.(276) 228-7988
Travelodge140 Lithia RdWytheville, VA27.5 mi.(276) 228-3188
Quality Inn & Suites2015 E Main StWytheville, VA28.0 mi.(276) 228-4241
Econo Lodge1160 E Main StWytheville, VA28.1 mi.(276) 228-5517
Comfort Suites695 Peppers Ferry RdWytheville, VA28.3 mi.(276) 228-1234
Days Inn142 Kelly RdFancy Gap, VA28.7 mi.(276) 728-5101
Doe Run LodgeMP 189 Blue RDG PkwyFancy Gap, VA28.9 mi.(276) 398-2212
Ramada Inn955 Peppers Fry RdWytheville, VA28.9 mi.(276) 228-6000
Comfort Inn-wytheville315 Holston RdWytheville, VA29.1 mi.(276) 228-4488

Claytor Lake Weather & Climate

Southwestern Virginia has a four-season climate classified as humid continental. The state of Virginia has five different climate regions: the Tidewater, Piedmont, Northern Virginia, Western Mountain, and Southwestern Mountain regions. Annual rainfall totals can vary from a sparse thirty-three inches in the Shenandoah Valley to more than sixty inches in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. Thunderstorms may occur anytime of the year, but are most common in summer. Thunderstorms are most frequent in southern Virginia, particularly in the far southwestern section. Heavy snowfalls are usually confined to the more mountainous regions of the state.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 40°F 22°F 2.84 in. -
February 44°F 23°F 2.60 in. -
March 53°F 31°F 3.15 in. -
April 63°F 38°F 3.26 in. -
May 71°F 48°F 3.49 in. -
June 78°F 56°F 3.48 in. -
July 82°F 60°F 3.36 in. -
August 81°F 59°F 3.22 in. -
September 74°F 52°F 2.92 in. -
October 64°F 40°F 3.06 in. -
November 54°F 32°F 2.81 in. -
December 44°F 26°F 2.29 in. -

Claytor Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Roanoke Regional Woodrum Field (ROA) located about 37 miles east of Claytor Lake in Roanoke, Virginia, the Greenbrier Valley airport (LWB) located approximately 55 miles north of Claytor Lake in Lewisburg, West Virginia, the Raleigh County Memorial airport (BKW) located roughly 57 miles northwest of Claytor Lake in Beckley, West Virginia, and finally the Smith Reynolds airport (INT) located around 68 miles south of Claytor Lake in Winston - Salem, North Carolina.

Claytor Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Wet 'n Wild Emerald PointeGreensboroNC82.1 mi.
Water Parks
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC82.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Auburn Hills Golf ClubRinerVA8.1 mi.
Draper Valley Golf ClubDraperVA10.0 mi.
Meadows Golf & Country ClubChristiansburgVA10.7 mi.
Virginia Tech Golf CourseBlacksburgVA13.6 mi.
Fountain Springs Golf CoursePeterstownWV24.5 mi.
Olde Mill ResortLaurel ForkVA25.6 mi.
Hollyfields Golf ClubBent MountainVA26.6 mi.
Skyland Lakes Golf ClubFancy GapVA29.3 mi.
Ski Areas
WinterplaceFlat TopWV45.7 mi.
The HomesteadHot SpringsVA76.0 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC93.9 mi.
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC95.2 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC95.2 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV97.3 mi.
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA108.0 mi.
State Parks
Claytor Lake State ParkVA3.0 mi. 
Fairy Stone State ParkVA34.5 mi. 
Pipestem State ParkWV38.5 mi. 
Virginia Museum of Natural HistoryMartinsvilleVA47.5 mi.(Science)
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and MuseumBeckleyWV58.8 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA37.9 mi.
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC103.8 mi.

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