Wahrani Nature Trails is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lanexa, VA that features a river. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
5 miles of short trail sections in Wahrani Park - New Kent County. A relatively unknown park maintained by the County, Wahrani has changed hands over the years and been re-blazed several times to the point that the markers are very confusing. There are lots of cut-throughs as well, so not getting turned around your first time there is part of the charm/challenge. Luckily you're never so far from Rt-33/30 that you can't figure out how to get back to the parking area just by listening carefully - but bring a map/GPS. Full of elevation changes and scenery, it's one of my favorite hikes on the Virginia peninsula.
What an incredible walk in the woods. Don't trust the blazes but do bring electronic navigation and a good old fashioned compass for backup. The route is obstructed by blow-down and overgrowth in places. (If I did it right) It was too late in the year for wild flowers or flowering trees, but I saw evidence that they exist here. The trail is listed as 279 feet of elevation gain, but I think it was a lot more. Even though it was a Sunday, I did not pass any other hikers. There was very light rain for a few minutes so maybe that is why.