Claytor Lake State Park is well known for its fishing and water sports, but there are also some nice easy trails to hike that are fun for the whole family!
Claytor Lake State Park trails are open year-round
The hikes at this state park begin at .66 of a mile and go to 1.6 miles. The one I would like to feature in this article is the longest trail and connects with a couple others if you want to stretch it even further "Claytor Lake Trail."
About four miles of easy-rating hiking trails are open year-round at Claytor Lake State Park. 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. Click here for a PDF of the park and trails at Claytor Lake State Park.
The Claytor Lake Trail is the parks longest trail at 1.6 miles and connects the cabin area to campground C. It can be accessed from both these places as well as well as from campground D and from the Poplar Leaf Trail which connects the Bent Tree Trail to the Claytor Lake Trail. Running mainly through the woods, the terrain is typically smooth and flat earth with occasional sections of natural river rock.
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Virginiaoutdoors.com for more Virginia State Park hikes by region.
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