- 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).
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.