Ivy Hill Park

John H. Kerr Dam and Reservoir

Ivy Hill Park is located on John H. Kerr Reservoir, a 50,000-acre lake that extends 39 miles up the wooded, cove-studded shoreline of the Roanoke River in Virginia and North Carolina. Kerr Reservoir, also known as Buggs Island Lake, was created with the construction of the John H. Kerr Dam in 1952. Its 800 miles of wooded shoreline stretch across six counties and two states and offer countless recreation opportunities for visitors.

Visitors to Ivy Hill Park will enjoy the lakeside view. A swimming beach with a life jacket tree and picnic shelter make the park ideal for families. 

Need to Know

Natural Features

Ivy Hill Park is shaded and semi-wooded location. This location offers great scenic views as well as great photography opprotunites of wildlife and sunsets/sunrises. 

Nearby Attractions

Ivy Hill Park is located approximately 20 minutes from Clarksville, Virginia. Shopping, gas, and groceries are available. Clarksville Marina is about 20 minutes away by highway; approximately 15 minutes by water. Oxford, North Carolina is approximately a 30 minute drive from Ivy Hill Park. 


Public lands around the lake are open to hunting with appropriate state licenses. Game species include whitetail deer, wild turkey, bobwhite quail, mourning dove, gray squirrel, cottontail rabbit, fox and raccoon. Resident waterfowl species include wood duck, black duck, mallard and Canadian geese. There are 26 Wildlife Management Areas around the lake that provide year-round opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, birding and more. The lake is widely known for fishing, with large-mouth bass, striped bass, crappie, flathead catfish, channel catfish and blue catfish available. Viriginia Dept of Wildlife Resources regulate hunting and fishing on Kerr Lake on the Virginia side (which is known as Buggs Island Lake) and North Carolina Dept of Wildlife Resources regulate hunting and fishing on Kerr Lake on the North Carolina side.

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Contact Information

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: Office Phone Number: (434) 738-6143

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

The physical address for Ivy Hill Park is 3197 Ivy Hill Road, Clarksville, Virginia 23927. Ivy Hill Park is approximately 15 miles south of Clarksville and approximately 24 miles north of Oxford, North Carolina. 

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