Claytor Lake State Park

After our snowy weekend in Morgantown, we only had a week and a half to make it back to South Carolina for Thanksgiving.  Therefore, we had to get in some longer days!  We left Morgantown and drove a couple of  hours to another Harvest Hosts winery.  Even though we didn’t love the wine, it was nice to have a free stop for the night.

We had a nice evening despite the sub-par wine and hit the road pretty early to drive to Claytor Lake State Park where we would be spending our work week.  Our route led us right by lots of brown signs pointing out the New River Gorge.  We decided to stop since we had the time and are so glad we did!  The New River Gorge Bridge is a steel bridge that was built in the 70’s.  The bridge cut travel time from one side of the gorge to the other from 45 minutes to 45 seconds!  There is also an annual BASE jumping festival here where daredevils jump off the 876 foot bridge.  We are really glad we stopped and checked out this awesome National Park Service site.

The impressive New River Gorge Bridge
New River Gorge
Another look at the awesome steel bridge

After our awesome detour, we hit the road to finish the drive to Claytor Lake State Park.  We were trying to beat the rain, but weren’t able to.  Luckily it wasn’t too bad.  We arrived at the nearly empty campground and picked out our spot and got everything set up.  The campground had already turned off the water to the sites for the winter, but they didn’t adjust the price accordingly.  There were also a lot of extra fees so our total was a bit surprising, but it wasn’t too bad in the grand scheme of things.

Nice trails right on the lake

After so many campgrounds being completely empty, we were surprised to see that there was still a host at Claytor Lake.  He was quick to come over and warn us about the winter storm scheduled to move through the area.  We were already planning on leaving after the storm moved through, so it didn’t interrupt our travel plans.  We were sure to get our exercise in early in the week and are glad we did since we woke up that Thursday to freezing rain and snow.  It was so cold!  This is yet another campground that we think would also be awesome to see in the summer!

Fortunately, all of the snow and ice melted in time for us to hit the road the next day!

No kayaking today!

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