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Pulaski County is located in Southwestern Virginia in the heart of the New River Valley. Close to VA Tech, Radford University, Wytheville and Roanoke, it offers the advantage of being close to cultural attractions without the hustle and bustle of city life.
The shores of Claytor Lake offer two of Virginia's most visited state parks providing camping, cabin rentals, boat rentals and more. Popular activities at Claytor Lake include powerboating, sailing and various watersports.
Fishing has also become a major attraction at Claytor Lake. The most plentiful fish in the lake are bluegill, a form of sunfish. Catfish are also popular in Claytor Lake, some of them getting quite large (well over 50 lb). The main sporting varieties are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and striped bass. Large and small mouth bass fishing tournaments are a regular seasonal event at Claytor Lake with weights of 15 to 20 lb per fisherman being an average winning catch. All tournament fishing is catch and release and most is done by local clubs. Striped bass fishing occurs year round with various techniques. The average "striper" (as they are commonly known) is about 8 lb but catches close to 30 lb have been reported.
The New River cuts through beautiful VA mountain scenery and features several major Class II-III rapids for white water rafting. However, plenty of flat water
exists for the less adventurous. The New River is recognized as one of two American Heritage rivers in Virginia. Along with the challenging fishing, you can sight eagles, osprey, otters and mink.
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SKYLINE DRIVE... The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.
As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.
The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.