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We want stay near this place JOHN H. KERR RESERVOIR

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We want stay near this place JOHN H. KERR RESERVOIR


Will be very grateful with some advice about where the nearest hotel in this area are ?

Have been looking at maps and googled myself green the last couple of days and I keep getting two places very far from each other so now I thought I better ask if there is a hotel near this John H.Kerr Dam that You would recommend for a family of 2 adults and 2 children ?

Thank You in advance

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1. Re: We want stay near this place JOHN H. KERR RESERVOIR

I'll admit that John H. Kerr Resevoir is a new one for me. What I learned is that this lake is located in both Virginia and in North Carolina. One North Carolina State Park (Kerr Lake State Recreation Area) is located on its shores and two Virginia State Parks (Staunton River S.P. and Occoneechee S.P.) are on its shores. Some, if not all, of these parks will have camping and/or cabins to rent.




Here is a link to a website listing hotels in the vicinity of the lake. One of these is in Clarksville, Virginia right on the lake and just across from the Occoneechee State Park. The others are in South Hill, Virginia and Henderson, North Carolina. I know nothing about this website or the hotels listed, but with that list you should be able to do your own research and find a hotel that suits your needs.


Edited: 4:01 pm, April 23, 2013
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2. Re: We want stay near this place JOHN H. KERR RESERVOIR

Check out


Also go to google and ask for Kerr Lake Va hotels at the maps tab. Do the same for b&bs and Campgrounds. Kerr is also called Buggs Island lake. Not because of bugs but because of an early pioneer with the last name Bugg. I know some of the Bugg family. There is actually a Buggs Island there.

This lake is actually in Virginia and North Carolina, as I see Longhorn just stated. It is further east from Roanoke so that may be why you had trouble finding accommodations. Not that there are many anyway.

It is owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers, a Federal agency, an engineering, desing and building agency. So pretty much campgrounds around the lake shore.

Check out Clarkesville, Va as you're looking at the map. You'll find the Lake Motel and Efficiencies and the Best Western on the Lake there.

Is there a specific area where you're meeting people?

You might also get ideas on the NC forums as well by doing a word search for Kerr Lake.

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3. Re: We want stay near this place JOHN H. KERR RESERVOIR

Thank You for the answers the Clarkesville was the one place I looked at and to get further after our stay there we ended up in Big Meadows which is filled with bears which freaked me out , anyway we want to see the construction itself , my husbond is a concrete engineering and just love to see at things like that

our orginal plan was to go from Myrtle beach and stratih up to Roanoke city and stay a night over there , but thought it would be great for him to look at a masterpice like this on the way after all we have the time for it :-) after we are finished with this place we are going direction PA for friends meeting up and end our trip in Washington DC , its just a road trip , but I would love to hear more suggestions about this area , I like Caverns myself and 2 years ago we took a lot of them in Chattanoga area to Smokey mountains so perhaps not so ideal this time around

I will look up all this links

Thanks for the help


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4. Re: We want stay near this place JOHN H. KERR RESERVOIR

This is what we want to see and stay near if possible

on the photo on the right on the link


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5. Re: We want stay near this place JOHN H. KERR RESERVOIR

If you want to be near the dam for Kerr Lake, I would stay in South Hill, VA. There's a Hampton Inn, a Fairfield Inn, and several other places just below them in quality.

If you follow directions from South Hill to North Bend Park and/or Tailrace Park from South Hill (down Rt 1 south to Buggs Island Rd) you will go straight to the dam. Tailrace Park is right at the foot of it.

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6. Re: We want stay near this place JOHN H. KERR RESERVOIR

Here is a list of caverns in Virginia http://www.virginia.org/Caverns . The largest one is http://www.luraycaverns.com which is about 13 miles (20 km) distant from highway I-81. A very attractive city to visit is http://www.visitcharlottesville.org http://wikitravel.org/en/Charlottesville . Be warned that traffic (circulation) in the Washington DC metropolitan area is often very, very heavy and slow.

Edited: 8:36 pm, April 23, 2013
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7. Re: We want stay near this place JOHN H. KERR RESERVOIR

Are you saying that you are also going to Big Meadow in Shenandoah National Park? Yes, there are bears in the park but it would be a RARE occurance for you to actually see one. I've been going to Big Meadow for over 20 years, and I have only seen 2 bears (at a distance) in all that time.

Also, if you are going to Shenandoah National Park, Luray Caverns is not far from there.

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8. Re: We want stay near this place JOHN H. KERR RESERVOIR

Thank You all of You now I think we will try make out another map , will talk with my husbond what he thinks is best of a route

About the car in Washington DC we thought we will give it back to the airport if we end up staying in city and use public transport while there :-)

About the bears when I looked at the TA reviews from the place a lot of photos was filled with bears that was why I got a bit conserned , but You calmed me down longhorn74 , and husbond was trilled when I showed him the reviews he would love to see those bears - he even went that far that he started to read about bears after I showed him the photos he, he

I will show him the Luray Caverns too after I have found a route that cover it all ( I am all into this Caverns don´t think he is so much )

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9. Re: We want stay near this place JOHN H. KERR RESERVOIR

Hi Mutter :)

Long way from the WDW forums, lol.

I live in the general area- and am familiar with the sites between Kerr dam and Roanoke.

You might want to consider seeing TWO fabulous but different dams in one day:

First, Kerr Dam, then Smith Mountain Dam:


Smith Mountain Dam is built between two mountains, and Kerr Lake is more in the flatter land- they are two dams on the same river- the Roanoke River (also known as the Staunton River in some places).



The countryside is simply gorgeous on the way- rolling farm land, the foothills of the mountains and

numerous stopping places for historical interest (Patrick Henry's home and burial place, the home of Booker T. Washington, the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, to name a few) , native American sites right on Kerr Lake, and good restaurant choices along the way (Cafe Perroni and Bistro 1888 in South Boston, The Molasses Grill in Halifax to name a few).

If you are into visiting wineries and tasting local wines, that area has about 12 different locations where you can enjoy locally grown wines as well.

Hope you enjoy your visit to southern Virginia, Mutter. We are a lot quieter than Orlando with much less traffic~ :)

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10. Re: We want stay near this place JOHN H. KERR RESERVOIR

Since your husband is intrigued by engineering feats, I thought I'd mention the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in case your final plan takes you near it. It is four lanes, 25 miles long over mostly water. The bridge has a rest stop. The bridge has four islands, a fishing pier, a restaurant and gift shop. The restaurant has a display of the construction of this bridge tunnel. The bridge even offers escorted birding tours.

It connects Virginia Beach with points north.