Claytor Nature Study Center

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LC’s 470-acre Claytor Nature Study Center is a testament to preservation and conservation.

Through the vision and generosity of the late A. Boyd Claytor III, the 18th century farm and plantation house were given to Lynchburg College to serve as an education and research center for environmental study and to preserve the land for future generations.

Located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Claytor Center encompasses freshwater streams, woodlands, wetlands, grasslands, rare plants, wildlife, and a portion of the Big Otter River.

A hiking trail system, small-group campground, and amphitheatre are other features of the property. The Virginia Claytor Memorial Gardens, created in memory of the late Mrs. Claytor, form a series of formal flower, herb, and shrub plantings.


  • A. Boyd Claytor III Education and Research Facility, a 7,700-square-foot multi-purpose building, offers LC students and regional K-12 students and teachers an ideal location for learning with seminar, laboratory, classroom, conference, and retreat space.
  • Belk Astronomical Observatory provides a virtually unobstructed view of the night sky along the full horizon.
  • Cloverlea, the original farmhouse, is a scenic venue for special events.

Land Management

Sound environmental stewardship governs all uses of the Center.

The land is managed for environmental conservation and restoration through agreements with the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The farmhouse, cemetery, and other historic structures will be preserved and documented as part of an ongoing study of the cultural history of the area.

Cloverlea Restoration Project

Built c. 1790, the Cloverlea farmhouse is in need of renovation. The house, with spectacular views of the Peaks of Otter, is a perfect location for meetings and events at Claytor.

Learn more about our restoration project in this video.