Claytor Lake
Claytor Lake
Claytor Lake State Park

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. The Water’s Edge Meeting Facility is perfect for weddings, receptions and reunions, and wedding packages are available. Three lodges and 13 cabins overlook the 4,500-acre lake, offering visitors a scenic retreat. The historic Howe House has interactive exhibits describing the ecology of the lake and the surrounding areas. Guests can also rent bikes and enjoy a universally accessible fishing pier, picnic shelters, a seasonal snack bar and playgrounds. There are also two gift shops.

Philpott Lake

Philpott Lake is overflowing in scenic, natural beauty. Shared by the counties of Franklin, Henry and Patrick, the 3,000-acre reservoir features 100 miles of shoreline, a marina and tournament fishing dock, nine boat launches, eight campgrounds, six beaches, birding and wildlife trails, and more.

The lake offers a multitude of recreational opportunities from swimming, boating and camping to hunting, fishing, hiking and more. It also boasts eight campgrounds, six swim beaches and nine boat launches to help make the experiences of all outdoor enthusiasts memorable.

John H. Kerr Reservoir / Buggs Island Lake

Includes more than 50,000 acres of fresh water and over 800 miles shoreline! Experience the lake from both Occoneechee State Park and Staunton River State Park. In-Fisherman magazine calls it the number one Crappie fishing lake, and both state and national fishing tournaments are hosted here.

Lake Gaston

South Hill
This lake straddles Virginia and North Carolina. At 20,000 acres, you can see why. Fish, boat, or swim at your heart’s content!

Lake Moomaw and Gathright Dam

Launch your boat from multiple access points (water level permitting), including Warm Springs, and enjoy this 2,530-acre lake. Camping, swimming sites, and plenty of other recreational opportunities are available within this National Forest area.

Lake Arrowhead Beach

Pretty white sand awaits you at this surprise 34-acre lake beach just below Skyline Drive. Concessions and a lifeguard are on-site, as are picnic accommodations. The lake also welcomes fishing and boating (bring your own kayak or canoe – no gas engines).


Sherando Lake

Located in the George Washington National Forest, Sherando is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s 24 acres of great swimming and fishing. An on-site campground invites you to stay for more than a day, and the sandy beach includes a bathhouse.

Cave Mountain Lake Recreation Area

Natural Bridge Station
Settle onto the beach area to enjoy swimming, the sun, and a picnic. Fishing is also welcome at this 7-acre lake. Camping available.

Smith Mountain Lake

Roanoke, Bedford
Virginia’s most popular lake, offers superb recreational activities, 500 miles of shoreline, a wide variety of water sports, and affordable lakefront real estate. Known locally as “SML,” it is the “Jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains”.

Lake Anna

Louisa –  Virginia’s third largest lake
Lake Anna is one of the largest freshwater inland lakes in Virginia, covering more than 20 square miles and with a 225 mile shoreline. Located 72 miles south of Washington, D.C. in Louisa, Orange and Spotsylvania Counties, and close to Charlottesville, Fredericksburg and Charlottesville, Lake Anna is easily reachable from anywhere in Virginia.

Cavitt’s Creek Park and Lake

Camp a bit and enjoy the 54-acre lake. Rent paddle boats or “john” boats, or bring your own boat (no gas engines) to one of the two boat ramps. The lake is stocked with Trout, Bass, Walleye, and more. Don’t forget your fishing license!

Wise Lake Reservoir

Fishermen, come fish, launch a boat, or bring the family to enjoy the picnic area.

South Holston Lake

Set within Washington County Park, the lake is available for fishing, swimming, and boating. Pull in your camper or pitch a tent to stay longer.