Only 20 miles from downtown Richmond, the capital of Virginia, Pocahontas State Park has been one of the more popular parks in the state park system. Many various activities, including biking, hiking, picnicking, swimming, camping and family-friendly nature programs, await guests. Swift Creek Reservoir and Beaver Lake offer visitors a chance for excellent wildlife viewing and fishing.
Lisa D. on Beaver Lake Trail
Well-maintained and peaceful
Very enjoyable hike, saw a doe early in the hike and the scenery is nice. The trail is definitely designed for biking (hence it's name), as the trail is basically a dirt/fire road.
Because of high water on the foot bridge just below Beaver Lake dam, I had to make a detour onto Beaver Lake Trail. This made for a very nice hike as this trail is a more traditional hiking trail. In the future I may make this a permanent change.
I really enjoyed the trail. I also took my little dog with me and he love it. The trail has a few docks where you can view the lake which is nice. The trail is well kept and clearly marked. During one part of the trail it crosses a sandy stream which my dog loved. He jumped in and cooled off. This trail is very dog friendly and I will be doing this one again!
I hiked this trail with a 25lb back pack on 3-18-16.It was 72 degrees outside and it took me 2:27 minutes.It was 5.48 miles,mostly dirt roads and woods,a few creeks and a small cemetery.I recommend this trail more for horse riding and mountain biking unless you just want to get a 5 plus mile hike in.
Not a bad hike for my "backyard". Nice scenery and relatively flat.
Downgraded to 3 stars for the ticks and chiggers. Every time I hike it, I'll pull a couple of ticks of my dog. Also don't venture off the trail too much because of the chiggers. I always wear long pants on this trail for that reason.
Still it's a good hike and worth the time.