The land in Lake Anna State Park used to be known as "Gold Hill" and contained the Goodwin Gold Mine. Gold was first discovered in 1829 with mining reaching its peak in the 1880s. In 1971 Lake Anna was created to serve as a water coolant for Dominion Powers nuclear plant. In 1972 work began on the acquisition and development of a water-oriented state park. Lake Anna State Park opened in 1983. While boating and fishing on this beautiful lake are major attractions, these are only some of the parks offerings. Lakefront picnic areas and wooded hiking trails are also popular. On summer weekends, interpretive programs on the nature and history of the area complement exhibits and displays in the visitor center. Lake Anna State Park has rental cabins, camping, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, lakeshore picnicking, a guarded swimming beach, a childrens play area, a boat ramp, a food concession stand, a bathhouse and a childrens and handicapped fishing pond.
It was over a year ago, but I thought it was the visitor center and very much in the park. Maybe it was called something else. Anyway, Donna was right that there are many miles of trails in the park, so pick your hike from beautiful lakefront to uphill leg burners. I think this is one of the prettiest state parks in Virginia.
Please note this trail appears to be within the state park . There is a lake anna visitors center separate from the park, and there are no hiking trails there. We did hike about 4 miles of the trails in the state park. Very nice. There are plenty of trails there, and you can put together any hike length you want.
So much beautiful Lake Anna. From the Visitors Center parking lot start out either north or south along the shoreline for one mile, turn around, come back and go in the other direction for a mile. The south leg will take you to Railroad Ford which is no longer there but you will know it by the point. The trail makes almost a U turn and heads uphill. This beautiful trail takes in the scenic parts of Railroad Ford Trail, Scenic Pond Trail, Fishermans Trail and Sunset Trail. You are never more than a few feet from the lake.