Pocahontas State Park Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chesterfield, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The park has a sizable network of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Just 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. Swift Creek forms the nucleus of the park, which is centered in a wildlife management area.Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), this was the first recreational park in the Richmond-Petersburg-Hopewell area. The National Park Service donated the facility to Virginia State Parks in 1946, making it the largest Virginia state parks with more than 7,600 acres and two small lakes. The area was renamed Pocahontas State Park and Pocahontas State Forest and was operated under a cooperative management arrangement with the Department of Forestry. In 1989 a new master plan, funded jointly by the Commonwealth of Virginia and Chesterfield County, called for expansion of park facilities to accommodate the large urban population surrounding the park.
Good Sunday afternoon trail.
Nice hike, not much traffic, great views of Swift Creek Lake. Trail marks are a little confusing at the beginning.
I saw dark star orchestra here and they allowed the group to camp for two days. It was so much fun. I hope to do it again!
Hiked the Beaver Lake Trail today (a little under 3 miles) and it was a great little hike for my 7 month pregnant self. Not too many hills or strenuous stretches and a clearly marked loop from the Nature Center.
Great hiking trail! Went on Bright Hope trail, which was about 5 miles. Super fun and clearly marked. Went on a Sunday at 12 and ran into 3 runners, 5 bikers, and 7 horseback riders. Would definitely recommend this trail!!
Lots of room and easy access for all.
Kid loved it.
Great Park to visit.
The trails are more work here than the flatter coastal parks, but I loved it.
We did the beaver lake trail about 2 miles with an all terrain stroller. Super nice but next time I will definitely wear the baby in a carrier.
Completed the Old Mill trail today. Beautiful scenery and the nature center is interesting as well. Would highly recommend visiting this park.