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Claytor Lake State Park Campground

About

Ideal for swimming, camping, hiking and picnicking, Claytor Lake is known for sport fishing and boating. The park has a full-service marina with docking slips, supplies, fuel, boat rentals and refreshments. Three lodges and 15 cabins overlook the 4,500-acre lake, offering visitors a scenic retreat. There are 103 campsites, 39 offering electric and water hookups. The park also offers 4 yurts (no electricity).

Fee Info

Claytor Lake Camping features Cabins, lodges, yurts, camping lodge (bunkhouse) and camping.

Cabins 1-12: Two-bedroom, one bathroom, water-view; cabins 1, 6 and 7 are universally accessible. Cabins 13, 17 and 18: Three-bedroom, two-bathroom, wood-framed cabin with waterview; cabin 13 is universally accessible with ADA-compliant fishing access. Lodges 14, 15 and 16: Six-bedroom, three-bathroom, waterview; universally accessible.

Claytor Lake has four yurts, which are located in Campground B.

The park has one camping lodge (bunkhouse) for rent. It's in Campground A. The camping lodge has a covered front porch and a small deck behind it. Two-night minimum stay; no weekly requirement.

Location

Claytor Lake State Park Campground is located in Virginia

Detail location of campground

Address

4400 State Park Rd
Dublin, VA 24084

Coordinates

37.05863115 N
80.62427482 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
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  • WiFi
    Fair
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  • AT&T
    Good
  • T-Mobile
    Good

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Cabins
  • Yurts

Features

For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Water Hookups
  • Big Rig Friendly

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24 Reviews

C
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2022

Just one night

Ideale for boating

Sited 18
Month of VisitOctober
Angela J.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2022

Great campground

Claytor Lake was a great campground for families. We hiked, played at the lake and attended the roving ranger talks. The bathrooms and shower facilities were clean and convenient to our campsite. The campsite was large and quiet which was nice. It felt somewhat private because of the trees and design of the site. Our camp hosts were great at keeping us informed and sharing ideas to make the weekend fun. Would definitely go back!

SiteB19
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Angela J., June 12, 2022
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Angela J., June 12, 2022
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Angela J., June 12, 2022
Steve V.
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2021

Beautiful Park Minutes from I-81

We stayed here just for an overnight stop but wish we had more time. Beautiful park that is less than 8 minutes from I-81 so makes for a get stopover point when traveling. There are 4 camping loops, 3 with no hook ups and 1 with power and water (no sewer hook up). The majority of the power/water sites are pull through making life easy, but there are some back ins. Either way, the power/water sites are very large and wide, so you get plenty of space. The bathhouse in loop D was clean and functionable. We'll definitely keep this one on our list for I-81 stop overs and hope that we have more time to explore it another time.

SiteD18
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Steve V., October 14, 2021
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Steve V., October 14, 2021
m
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2021

Really nice state park

Beautiful park! Scenic beach, nice trails. Clean and quiet campground with easy pull through sites. Friendly staff. Would definitely go back!

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by megan , July 8, 2021
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by megan , July 8, 2021
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by megan , July 8, 2021
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W
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2021

Bring lots of people

Lots of space, cheap price, walking distance from the lake raccoons and skunks everywhere all night.

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Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by William M., July 6, 2021
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by William M., July 6, 2021
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by William M., July 6, 2021
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Kathy L.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2021

Good spot for a stopover

This campground is good for a one night stopover and we would return to it for that purpose. Clean, convenient sites off highway 81. Not much privacy between sites because they’re quite close together but there are trees. Sites 11 and 12 have more privacy space.

Kristina D.
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2020

Small but nice

Did some Jeep camping here in November. Nice bathroom facilities and showers. Very clean. Hiking trails all accessible from the camp areas. My spot had electric and water hook ups.

Katie M.
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2020

Close quarters

While overall our stay here was okay, we were not in love with this campground. The mosquitos were really bad despite using tons of bug spray and candles. There was no privacy at all. The campground was noisy at night, lots of parties going on. Our next door neighbors snored extremely loudly all night and they were so close we go no sleep at all until they left. The campground is pretty big so you have to drive to get fire wood. Our campsite backed up to the main road into the campground so there were cars driving by the whole time. It was mostly too hot to hike too much so we spent most of the time exploring nearby Blacksburg to avoid the mosquitos at the campsite. The lake is beautiful but it was closed because of COVID so we couldn't swim.

The campsites are pretty typical of Virginia State Parks and were great with plenty of space and nice flat area to put the tent. Picnic table, fire ring, etc. Very friendly and helpful Rangers here as well.

We love this area of Virginia so I would be willing to give it another chance in the spring or fall when it is cooler, less buggy, and less crowded. Lots of fun stuff to do nearby!

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Katie M., October 2, 2020
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Katie M., October 2, 2020
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Katie M., October 2, 2020
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Ashley  S.
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2020

Great for place for anyone

Amazing area, absolutely beautiful scenery and tons of wildlife. Fishing and swimming in the lake, in the fall, the water is 70 degrees in September.

  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Ashley  S., October 1, 2020
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Ashley  S., October 1, 2020
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Ashley  S., October 1, 2020
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Matt M.
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2020

Very Loud

On the first night of our cross-country road trip we were looking for a quiet place to stay. The site to one side of us was blasting music and having a party until 2am and the staff didn’t seem to enforce the quiet hours policy with them. On the other side of us, there was a couple arguing and yelling until 3:30am. I’m truly not sure why either of them were not spoken to or kicked out of the campground.

Other than that, the price was cheap and the bathrooms were decently clean (which right now with COVID is a bit important). Probably wouldn’t go back to this campground, but everyone has a different experience so have at it!

Tim W.
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2020

Camp spot D is a trail away from the lake.

Had a blast. Great Lake, boats to rent and the camper spots are good. Wish they were a bit more secluded though.

  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Tim W., July 23, 2020
M
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2020

A favorite !

I love this park! Plenty of tent and RV sites. 4 yurts available in nice wooded area. Lake beach passes included in price (when not under Covid restrictions). Boat rentals. Plenty clean bathrooms and hot showers. Wood, ice and soda machines available. IT’s my favorite go-to campground!

Bounding Around
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2019

Great park with lots to do

We camped here late in the season and had the park to ourselves! We had a great time here (even though it snowed!!), but I can only imagine how nice this park is in the summer. There are trails throughout the park and the lake is really pretty. Again, it was cold when we were there so we didn’t check out the lake that much, but we still had a great time. The bathrooms were nice and the camp host was helpful too. I definitely recommend this park if you are in the area.

Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Bounding Around , December 31, 2019
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Bounding Around , December 31, 2019
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Bounding Around , December 31, 2019
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RL
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2019

Beautiful Lake 🛶

Stayed for three nights in October. We had site B9 which was near a group site - so be mindful of this! During our trip it was full of loud and unsupervised kids.

We paddled around the lake on Sunday; there are a couple of different boat launches in the park. The cliffs are freaking amazing from the launch closest to the park entrance. It’s so beautiful on the water, especially this time of year.

There’s also a camp store/visitor center. Our site included a fire ring, two lantern posts, and a picnic table. Firewood and ice are available at the entrance station (can use credit card), and wood is available from the camp host (cash only). Lots of hiking and bike trails throughout. Very clean restrooms and showers. We had a really great time and will totally be back in the spring 🍂🍁

  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by RL , October 26, 2019
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by RL , October 26, 2019
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by RL , October 26, 2019
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Brandon W.
Reviewed May. 4, 2019

Clean quiet and friendly

We took our puppy on his first camping trip here. Every camping spot had plenty of space. Our spot included a grill and campsite. There is also a camping manager type person who drives around and sells firewood and helps answer any questions. There are bathroom facilities located in the middle of the area. The camping spot is about a 15 minute walk to the lake or a very short drive. We will definitely be staying here again!

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Brandon W., May 4, 2019
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Brandon W., May 4, 2019
Myron C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2019

State Park with Hiking, Water Sports, and Lots of Amenities

If you are looking for a state park with the amenities of a national franchise campground, look no further. I was surprised during our stay in this park. The sites are level and many are shaded. Although we are tent campers, RV campers WILL NOT be disappointed. While we were there, we were able to check out other sites before the season has gotten into full swing. There is even an area for group primitive camping. There is a complete marina for motor boats, and you can feel at ease launching your kayak as well. I didn't take my kayaks this time, but I plan to in the future. There is a swimming beach and group picnic shelters as well. I believe, if I am not mistaken, there is also a conference center. For the RVers, there is a dump station at the campground. The bath house was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting it to be like the bath houses at state parks I have visited before with bare concrete floors and cold water showers, if any at all. The bath house we used had tiled floor showers and marble/granite counter tops. I highly recommend Claytor Lake, and I will be back!

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Myron C., April 25, 2019
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Myron C., April 25, 2019
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Myron C., April 25, 2019
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Rhonda S.
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2019

Great campground

Wonderful area! We can camp and the campsite was level. Clean bathrooms. Trails are marked well. Beach area is large.

Kirsten J.
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2018

Beautiful

Nicely kept RV spots. Conveniently located bath house. We got sites right next to our friends where we wanted to be. The lake and beach area were beautiful. Sand was soft and very clean. Free entrance to the beach while staying at the campground which is nice. We would definitely stay again if we were passing through.

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Kirsten J., August 23, 2018
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Kirsten J., August 23, 2018
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Kirsten J., August 23, 2018
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M
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2018

Great Camp ground

plenty of camping and space. nice trails and clean bathhouses.

Sally C.
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2018

Dog Friendly

The sites are hit or miss on size and the host is constantly hovering which is a bit weird but the park is nice and dog friendly. The sites are just gravel. The beach is nice.

Dave V.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 21, 2018

RANGER REVIEW: Renogy Solar Backpack at Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin, VA

Campground Review: Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin, VA

Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin, VAhttp://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/claytor-lake#general_information

A beautiful and well situated waterfront State Park 2.7 miles from I-81. Claytor Lake SP basically inhabits a peninsula that juts out into the meandering Claytor Lake. A free public boat landing splits off to the right at the park entrance…where power boaters gain their access for fishing, water sport activities or relaxing.

Claytor Lake State Park sprawls out in every direction, with four RV/camper/tent campground loops A, B, C, and D loops (A was closed during our visit in early May). B loop also has four new Yurt rentals with functional wraparound decks (one handicap accessible). Each loop has a bathhouse, and each site has water/electric. C and D loops offer little to no site to site privacy, and loops A and B sites are wooded and angled to afford a scant more privacy.

Cabin rentals are available along the lake in a more separate area, as if the designated swimming and marina areas. Some sites are reservable online and brightly marked as such, others are self-pay. Prices seem high to me ($36.59 water/electric sites)and out-of-staters get dinged with an even higher rate ($41.86).

Want to use the State Park simply to hike the trails?…$5 parking fee for residents and $7 for non-residents. State Park Launch/Park $7 and $9 respectively. I realize parks are always underfunded and need to offset the deficit, but I don’t appreciate singing out-of-staters with a higher fee. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wGgIqZOH2Ps

Each loop has its own host and each cares for the loop’s grounds and bathhouse with meticulous care.

There are a fair amount of trails in the park (roughly 5 miles worth). Trails are wide and seemingly cleared of leaves…new trail signage and tree placards abound, as new benches strategically located near lake views. Signage also admonishes against use of nonmarked or unauthorized trail blazing…as well as no random swimming or cliff jumping. The big plus…you can MTB the trails! I did not inquire, but some signage lends itself to the idea a local Boy Scout troop maintains part of the trail, as Scout signage exists. There was also evidence a local 5K run takes place on the trails.

The beach and boat area are nicely distanced from the RV/Camper/tent campsites.

Lake views are serene. Homes dot the opposite banks, but most are so nicely manicured you wistfully gaze dreaming of owning one. My particular favorite rests upon a high, sheer rocky cliff.

Weekdays early May saw minimal campers.

A very nice, well-maintained State Park worth visiting!

Product Review: Renogy Solar Backpack

Renogy Solar Backpack https://www.renogy.com/

As a review ranger for TheDyrt.com, the Renogy Solar Backpack https://www.renogy.com/renogy-solar-backpack/ was provided by Renogy for testing and review.

Dimensions: 18.1”h x 11.8”w x 5.9”d

Capacity: 20 liter

Weight: 2.2 lbs.

Solar Panel Dimensions: 11.3”x9.7”

The Integrated solar panel has one USB port.

The solar panel module converts solar power into DC power…utilizing an electrical management system with a stable 5V DC output.

User Guide solar panel specifications place maximum rate of power at 5.6W and maximum current output at 1.2A.

Interestingly, instructions warn of using the solar panel “when relative humidity is higher than 80%…” Not too encouraging for here in SWFL. We’ll see if and how it’s affected.

Both materials and construction of the backpack look and feel high quality. Stitching is even and clean.

Fabric is a medium weight packcloth with a blue denim-like coloration, giving it a classy urban appearance.

Interior seams are banded and sewn, preventing fabric fraying or snagging and increasing durability.

Exterior zippers have double-sided closure fabric, minimizing water penetration.

While I would classify this on the lighter side of a daypack, it is loaded with pockets and hidden zippered sleeves. Though it does have dual “zipper-expandable” water bottle pockets on each side…I believe this fits more into an urban backpack style. It’s so sharp, I don’t want to soil it’s sophisticated look.

But who am I to limit how someone may choose to use this wonderfully clever backpack.

Shoulder straps are 2.5” wide and possess an “anatomical curve.” The padding is rather thin. Strap webbing is stout and buckles are bar-tacked for strength. The padded lower lumber region contains a clever “hidden” zippered pocket. A similar padded area like the lumbar pad tops the upper shoulder area but does not have the hidden zippered pocket. Much to my dismay, no waist-belt or sternum strap are offered. When wearing a nylon rain jacket during downpours, I did get frustrated with shoulder straps that wanted to slide off my shoulders…a problem that a sternum strap would eliminate. To be fair, if the outer rainshell was a different texture or material, shoulder straps may not have been prone to slide.

A cavernous zippered padded computer sleeve is located on the wearer’s back-panel right side…the full height and width of the backpack. My 17” Toshiba laptop slid right in.

The outermost pocket zips entirely off and reverses which exposes the integrated 5W solar panel. A center zipper reveals a myriad of interior pockets, some designed for the charging devices (marked by device icons) and others for writing utensils and smaller personal items in three mesh pockets. The iPad sized pocket is thinly padded. A snap hangs from webbing for your keys.

The main body of the pack has a 3/4 zipper and offers one large pocket to separate from the rest of the main compartment. This area offers roughly 4” of depth to store belongings.

Solar panel:

Follow directions and remove the thin clear protective sheet on the solar panel grid.

Full exposure to direct sunlight is imperative to assist in charging. I found this Renogy Solar Bsckpack at 5.6W is obviously a much slower charge than their 10W Portable Folding Solar Panel.

Through automotive glass I experienced a reading of a charge but the mobile device never gained a percentage. In direct sunlight, while using my iPhone 7, I saw a 1% gain every four minutes. USB ports feel loose or sloppy in their connectivity, which I’m certain affects charging…this is the OEM iPhone7 charging cord, my Verizon work phone’s OEM cord and an aftermarket cord.

If using the Renogy Solar Backpack for light hiking purposes, care must be given not to damage the solar panel screen, from outside abuse if left exposed or from packed items if zipped facing the pack interior. Sharp or pointed objects can perforate the panel. If this were to occur, Renogy claims this will not render the solar panel inoperable but be assured it will reduce charging capabilities.

Initially, I was concerned about the water repellency of the fabric and zippers…but after being caught in several West Virginia downpours, both performed admirably. No water penetrated. However, I would highly recommend picking up a rain cover if you truly want to hike with the Renogy Solar Backpack.

Final Thoughts

Personally, I really like the Renogy Solar Backpack. Though it may not see much of the backcountry, it accompanies me, daily, in my work truck and short treks into the woods. It’s overall functionality far outweighs any negatives I have mentioned, keeps my job site paperwork nicely organized and keeps my handheld devices charged and operational. Not to mention it’s good looks!

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Dave V., May 21, 2018
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Dave V., May 21, 2018
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Dave V., May 21, 2018
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Pawsfuradventure T.
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2018

Something for everyone

This beautiful state park offered large, leveled, gravel area for our teardrop trailer. Site had a picnic table, large fire ring, electric and water hook up. Sites were private due to trees around each site.

Our site was #35 which was a lovely end spot. It was also diagonally across from the bathrooms/shower. Site had plenty of room for our teardrop camper, The Clam screened shelter, and our Jeep. 

Campground was around a beautiful lake that had a full marina - boat ramp, slips, dock house, kayak and paddle board rentals. May have also had other watercraft rentals - saw really cute pontoon boats. There was a bass fishing tournament being held while we were there. Also had a bunch of hiking trails in various lengths and levels of difficulty. Park ranger had scheduled lectures for children and adults around a campfire in the early evening. 

Bathrooms: 3 showers, 3 stalls. Clean, no bugs. Were a little run down but clean. Shower had good water pressure and water was hot. Lighting in the women’s bathroom was dark by the showers and flickering (horror movie style) but clean. 

We saw turkey vultures, deer, and woodpeckers near our campsite. Wish we had more time there to explore the trails - had something for everyone.

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Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Pawsfuradventure T., April 30, 2018
  • Review photo of Claytor Lake State Park Campground by Pawsfuradventure T., April 30, 2018
Bran P.
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2016

Fantastic Stay!

My family and I stayed in one of the cabins offered at this park. We were very pleased and would absolutely return! The facility was very nice and cozy. The bed wasn’t super comfortable but it beat sleeping on the floor! We had a cabin right next to the lake and loved it! It was overall a quick trip but worth it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Claytor Lake State Park Campground have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Claytor Lake State Park Campground has water hookups.

Are fires allowed at Claytor Lake State Park Campground?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Claytor Lake State Park Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Claytor Lake State Park Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Claytor Lake State Park Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Claytor Lake State Park Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is good, and T-Mobile is good.