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Description - This is an interesting ranger district offering hikes along mountain top ridges, gorges with beautiful waterfalls and hikes to open wetlands. The area provides many opportunities for camping, picnicking, group camping and picnicking, hunting, fishing, numerous multi-use trails and even a 18-lane shooting range.

Recreation - Claytor Lake is close by and offers overnight accommodations, concessions, visitor center, marina and boat launch. Fishing, recreational boating and jet skiing are highlights of this popular park.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The mountainous Blue Ridge area has cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The summer mountainous Blue Ridge temperatures range from below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).

Location - This area stretches as far north as Rt. 311 outside of Roanoke and as far south as Wytheville which is a good couple hours driving time. It is located in western Virginia west of Interest 81.


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Report: Comer's Rock in Grayson/Wythe County: This is one of our favorite spots to spend the day outdoors or camp under the stars. Although we really like this area of the Jefferson National Forest, it is not for everyone - it is not a highly used camping area and therefore you should be familiar and feel comfortable with be the only camper/hiker for miles. Old, worn, moss covered rock steps (that look like they belong to an ancient ruins) lead up to a small outlook post at the top of the mountain with 360 degree views of valleys, distant mountain ranges, small farms and county roads. Walking-hiking time from base of parking area: 10 minutes one-way, mostly uphill with steps, very clear path. You can drive through the Jefferson Forest (on a dirt road) to the base of the rock. Also located nearby - a some-what developed campground & Hale Lake. Pack a picnic & spend the day exploring the trail winding around the lake. The trail has pretty views of the picture-perfect calm little lake and suitable for children (mostly level with good shade). There are several hiking trails - one leading from the lake to Comer's Rock is a longer hike. If exploring side roads you may happen upon primitive camping sites that have been slightly cleared. Most of these sites are kept up by regular users of such sites - always remember to take all trash out with you!!


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Contact Information:
Blacksburg / Wythe Ranger District, 110 Southpark Drive , Blacksburg, VA, 24060, Phone: 540-552-4641

Additional Information:
Blue Ridge Highlands Travel Region - The Blue Ridge Highlands includes seven State Parks, a National Forest, a natural area preserve, two scenic byways and access to the Appalachian Trail.
Bristol / Abingdon / Marion Area - This is a beautiful mountainous area and was much traveled by pioneers during the 1800's. Bristol is created with being the birth place of country music. Folk arts and crafts are a main attraction.
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests - Located in western Virginia along the rugged Appalachians, George Washington & Jefferson National Forests is a glorious park for virtually every outdoor recreation activity imaginable.
Roanoke Area - Roanoke is known as the Star City. The Roanoke Valley has many attributes to charm any visitor. Conveniently located off I-81 and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke offers museums, attractions, farmers markets and an abundance of outdoor recreation.

Links:
Claytor Lake State Park - Official agency Website
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests - Official agency Website
The Virginia Travel Guide - Statewide Attractions

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