Sherando Lake Loop Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lyndhurst, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
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Cool small trail, was really only about 1.3 miles not 2. Good for kids. It is at a park they charged $4.00 for one person to get into the park. No foot traffic on the trail but tons of people in the park during mid October.
We went to the trail on 9/4/16. The trail was closed and blocked with a gate. It cost $6 to get into the National Park. I only gave it a one star since it was closed.
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.
We come here a couple times each year. There are all levels of hiking. The beautiful mountain lake is shallow so it is warmed by the sun. There is fishing, canoeing, picnicking, or just laying on the beach. We stay in nearby cabins but Sherando Lake offers campsites for both the canvas and the aluminum folks.
I have hiked the trails at Sherando Lake many times over the years and never seem to tire of it.
Done this almost every year but this was a first from a canoe.
I have done this beautiful hike several times. The first time this year was in April. If you want to see the lake from a different veiw, you can rent canoes and kayaks from Cabin Creekwood in Lyndhurst.
This is a beautiful trail around a beautiful lake. I have been coming up here for years and am still in love with it. The lake is shallow, (rarely over 5 feet deep) so it stays warm all summer. The last time I was here was in early August and I did the hike around the lake again.
From the two beautiful mountain lakes to the more remote trails, this is a beautiful place to hike, swim, fish, canoe, relax, or take pictures. There are a wide variety of trails from the gentle Upper Sherando Lake Loop to the strenuous 7 mile, rocky Torrey Ridge Trail. My favorite was . . . . . . all of them! But if I had to choose one it might be the Sherando Lake Loop. Unlike the level upper lake loop, it does bounce up and down a few feet with one big hill and some of the views are incredible. An optional addition to this trail is to take the steep trail up to the top of the rock slide.
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.
Swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking, or just plain relaxing in a beautiful spot. These lakes have it all. Make sure you come on a weekday if you are visiting in the summer. The secret is out and you may find it too busy for your liking on the weekend.
This is a pretty little mountain lake with an easy trail going around it. The only elevation change is the 50 foot high earthen dam that you go up on one side and down the other.