One definition of a road trip states:
A road trip is any journey taken on roads, regardless of stops en route. Typically, road trips are long distances traveled by automobile.
Today, modern road tripping is a fast growing hobby, and not just a means of vacationing. Groups dedicated to the art of the road trip, known either as professional road trippers or road enthusiasts, are becoming prevalent online.
Although there are many personalities in the road tripping community, many road enthusiasts advocate sharing the roadways, preservation of historic places and natural spaces, and safe driving. Much like backpacking, many road enthusiasts also subscribe to the ideas ofLeave No Trace.
The Leave No Trace message is framed under seven principles:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
So I ask you, are you ready for a road trip? I am compiling an itinerary of the state parks that would be fun to visit on one road trip per month, I have grouped them in 12 different trips, so that equates to one per month.This is part 3 of this road trip!
Part 3 consists of Claytor Lake State Park, New River Trail State Park, and Shot Tower State Historical Park:
Let's begin at Virginia State Parks, this park is open year-round, so off season fun is ready to be had!
Easily accessible from Interstate 81, the park offers swimming, camping, cabins, lodges, a meeting facility, nature and history programs, miles of hiking trails, and a visitor center.
Drive Times to reach this park: Northern Virginia, 5 hours; Richmond, 4 hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, 5 hours; Roanoke, 1 hour. Just a couple miles off I-81 make this a central location for many family reunions and get togethers.
Click here for park fees. See the map below (click for road trip turn-by-turn directions, you can visit all parks in one day or mix them up). We recommend staying overnight at Claytor Lake to visit nearby parks.
Fun in the off season at Claytor Lake State Park