Sherando Lake Loop is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lyndhurst, VA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and fishing and is accessible year-round.
I did two loops around the lake. First loop was short and easy. I started the Lakeside Trail from the right up to Overlook Rock Trail, completing the loop by taking the Cliff Trail. Second loop was moderate and long. I took the Lakeside Trail on the left and continued onto the Yellow Trail, up to the Torry Ridge Trail, then the Blue Loop Trail, and onto the FDR 91 for a total distance of 6 miles and elevation of 1430 ft. The second part was more challenging because the high elevation and longer distance. Overall it was a good hike and I enjoyed it.
The lake has four distinct areas: swimming, canoeing, fishing, and the picnic area. The beautiful trail around the lake is gentle most of the way but it does shoot up near the dam. If you hike around clockwise, you can see the dam up ahead, so you may wonder why it is taking you so high in the air???? The reason is that there are high cliffs on that side of the dam so you go a way past it and then zig-zag down. If you want to avoid all but 10-20 foot gentle vertical, go around counter clockwise and turn around at the dam. My pictures are a little dark because it was a dark, rainy day but still beautiful.