One of the highlights for us as we enjoy ourVirginia State Parks have some sort of waterway, whether it is a river, mountain lake or the Chesapeake Bay. So what does that mean for our family? KAYAKING! Sure we bring along the bikes, the board games, the swim gear, but riding proud atop our Dodge Ram are our kayaks!
We planned and anticipated this trip as we took the kayaks to Click herefor a Google map)Extra special this time was Mom and Dad dropping by for a BBQ, some time in the sun and s'mores.
We met a young chap out kayaking who said "Why are y'all here when y'all have Smith Mountain Lake and Philpott Lake near ya?" Change of scenery? We just love visiting as many Virginia State Parks as we can, they are all unique and have something awesome to offer us as visitors.
So without further ado, meet Dad who is a very active outdoorsman but has never kayaked. I asked him how he enjoyed it afterward and his reply was "I enjoy anything that allows me to spend time with my daughter." I hear you oohing and ahhing and so you should! I thought that was a very sweet statement Dad made and his birthday isn't even until August!
Here I am with Dad
Claytor Lake is21 miles long and the park has approximately three miles of lake frontage
You can search Virginia State Parks by amenities here, ie boat launch, swimming, overnight lodging, etc. I hope you can take the family out, if you don't have a kayak or a canoe, you can rent one. These are available for a fee at nearly all the state parks with water.
You can also rent a ski boat or pontoon, which can accommodate the whole family for hours of fun. But if you want to get out early as the long-legged birds are wading in the water, and the fawns are quietly feeding along the shoreline straggling behind their momma, then you need a kayak.
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Claytor Lake State Park, 6620 Ben H. Bolen Drive, Dublin, VA 24084; phone, (540) 643-2500; email,claytorlake.Learn more about park offerings by calling1-800-933-PARKor emailresvs