Lake Ballard Trail

EASY 15 reviews

Lake Ballard Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Portsmouth, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

1.8 miles 49 feet Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

hiking

nature trips

walking

whitewater kayaking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation mission is to conserve the last parcel of wilderness in the Hoffler Creek watershed for environmental education, research, and recreation consistent with good stewardship. The preserve is 142 acres in size. The Lake Trail encircles Lake Ballard.

2 months ago

No jogging allowed.

2 months ago

Sign at the entrance that says no jogging

7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

walking
1 year ago

Nice walk around the lake. Good views of the fall colors were on display when I was there. Unfortunately mosquitoes and ticks were bad also! I recommend not doing this after a lot of rain (as was the case when I went). No pets, running, or biking according to the signs.

1 year ago

Hidden surprise. Nice wide well maintained path around lake. Secluded feeling.

1 year ago

1 year ago

Great Family walk.. nice and quiet with thousands of dragonflies everywhere..

hiking
1 year ago

What a beautiful lake! I think it is even prettier than Oak Grove and without the heavy traffic. The Lake Ballard Trail is the main loop around the lake but you can add some little side loops to add interest and mileage. Make sure you use your tick spray and stay out of the tall grass.

2 years ago

An easy trail with lots of birds and a few deer. It's a very pretty trail, great for photos.

hiking
3 years ago

This beautiful preserve has two downfalls: no running, no cycling. While it is too short to cycle, it would be fun for children. Anyway, the positives so outweigh the negatives. This place is simply stunning. It is a short walk, less than 2 miles, but perfect for an ethereal departure from reality. Lots of stops worth sitting and enjoying breathtaking views.

hiking
3 years ago

Too short but lots to see. It is a beautiful wooded trail that has a bird blind if want to stop and watch the birds that fish in the creek.

hiking
3 years ago

It was cloudy today, but still a nice walk. We took all the extra side loops.

hiking
3 years ago

What a nice little park for only 142 acres! The main trail is a mile and a quarter, but if you do all the little side loops it is more like a mile and three quarters. There is a lot to see on this short trail. Be advised that the park does not allow smoking, drinking, fishing or other negative behaviors.

walking
4 years ago

Beautiful woodland, meadow, lake and wetland scenery. Took our time exploring main trail around the lake with multiple additional trails through the woods. A hidden gem in Hampton Roads.