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Views of the “lake” a few times. Mostly just trees and wildlife, which was still beautiful. Not too many spiders/snakes. Not a single tick on us, which was very surprising. Very well kept trail. Cute bridges along the way. Lots of frogs! Easy to navigate and well marked. Might be a bit muddy after a rain. Overall, we enjoyed it.

hiking
15 days ago

Shaded trail with varying terrain / elevation. Dogs enjoyed wading in the stream. Nice scenery, although was expecting it to be closer to the water. The view of the dam was the highlight.

backpacking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful trail. I started in Rice and walked all the way to the bridge. Be sure that you take the trail down to the river as well. Totally worth it. Backpacked a lunch and enjoyed it by the river. The main trail is very wide and has crush and run so it’s good for those who need more support and stability. Bring sunscreen as the mid day sun leaves no shade.

I usually add a couple more miles of the blue Bull Run trail to this but overall a fun little run. Make sure to study the map beforehand, the trailblazes are tricky the first time you go on it. Gets quite muddy after rain but on sunny days it is nice! This trail mostly follows the creek. There are some rocks and a semi-steep uphill climb at the very end—depending which way you start. Pretty busy on the weekends.

First hike of the summer with 6 tween/teens. Great hike. They didn’t love the uphill climb at the northern most point, but they all made it!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great for a beginner! Be mindful of the mushiness on a wet day though. It gets slippery.

Beautiful place with lots of trails to choose from and all lead to gorgeous hikes!

hiking
2 months ago

I didn't think this was all that well marked when we went, a bit confused as to which trails we were on. But not a difficult hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, mostly shaded loop around Beaver Lake. Look for beaver lodge in lake. Good wildlife viewing, especially from the boardwalks. On the easy side of moderate because terrain is fairly level. Overall, best hiker-only trail at Pocahontas State Park.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Flat and a little boring at times but the bridge view makes it worth it.

walking
3 months ago

Nice long walk

I wouldn’t say this trail is “easy” because it is quite rocky in some parts.
But it’s a lovely trail and we enjoyed it- myself, my 4yo and my pup.

Nice short hiking trail.
Muddy and buggy(both from water I guess) but has great small mountain-like trail and scenery.

Nice open beautiful views! If you are a beginner it might feel longer then the miles posted, but it's a great workout, not too overwhelming. My family and I enjoyed it very much!

There were many trails to choose from. Grab a map! Great hike.

hiking
4 months ago

I've written a blog post about this hike @ www.break-trail.com
If you'd like to read it, follow this link: https://goo.gl/7mYmnt

Awesome to learn something new and hangout with friends and family

A nice afternoon hike that is just a short distance from DC. If you have time, the Shenandoahs are only 90 minutes away and so much better, but sometimes you only have an afternoon or just cannot get to the Shenandoahs. This hike is a great close in one in DC with good streams and more solitude than you would expect.

4 months ago

Great trails that gives you a workout

hiking
5 months ago

It's got your ups, your downs, your turn arounds. Nice easy short walk in the woods. Bluff over lake is great.

walking
5 months ago

Great easy trail. The path is easily identifiable with clear directional markers.

Trail is very well maintained, the blazes could be a little easier to find in some spots though. Really enjoyed the hike, no traffic on a Thursday afternoon.

sometimes get to see deer, and bald eagle fly by

nice trail, well maintained and easy to follow. the trail skirted the lake in Pocahontas state park and has little elevation change. hiked in December, not much to see. there were a few boards with information but they are old and challenging to read. one overlook, a bridge over some marshy areas. didn't see much wildlife - perhaps bring binoculars for animal spotting.

Good trail for hiking. I hiked the outer fire trail and it was just about 3 miles. The start of the trail has a fairly steep incline to start which will give you a good workout! The rest of the trail had gradual inclines and declines. All in all I nice Sunday hike!

mountain biking
8 months ago

High Bridge State Park has two loops of Mt Bike specific single track. The loops are part of the Rochelle Recreation Area located about 1.5 miles East of the Farmville Downtown Plaza. There is a kiosk at the entrance of the gravel road going into the Rochelle area. As of this writing the kiosk is still empty, but, the Park has it in the works to put up a map of the area. The 1.5 mile Early Trail is a beginner orientated loop. It starts about a 1/4 mile up the gravel road on the right and exits at the bottom of the hill close to the entrance of the gravel road. The hardest part of the whole thing is climbing the hill on the gravel road to the entrance.

Once on the trail it starts as a gentle climb, then goes into a twisting rolling series of flowing docents and small climbs with some really sweet sections. About half way out you get to the highest point of the loop and it just gets better from there. At one point you are riding parallel to the rail trail and 75' above it. There is a large hill decent with multiple switchbacks that requires good bike skills to ride at speed. One of them is seriously tight and should be entered on the outside to appreciate the flow. Fun loop for beginner and expert alike.

The Burnside Technical Loop has it's entrance and exit from the same point on the gravel road just a hundred feet or so before the entrance to the Early trail. It is 2.8 miles long, rated Black Diamond and does have some rather severe drop thrus and a "Roller Coaster" section that can really throw you if not approached carefully. It is basically a series of climb and dives with really nice flow sections. Total climbing is over 300' using the same 80' or less a dozen times. The loop is designed with lots of twists and small berms that require concentration and skill, enough to challenge the most advance riders or school the novice.

These loops really add spice to the relatively flat and family friendly rail trail for any single track enthusiast. I usually start with the Technical loop and finish with the beginner. Both loops can be ridden within a half hour by a strong rider. Multiple laps are recommended for training or just to hone handling skills. For a family outing the beginner loop is ideal. There are a couple picnic tables at the exit of the Early Loop for regrouping or a wait station while you get that extra lap around the Technical loop.

Enjoy

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

Great trails though steep. Watch out for horse poop.

9 months ago

Nice 4 mile loop, geared more to mtbs than hiking as it’s single track and has loose cobbles. Rolling hills, nothing too strenuous. Beautiful forest pretty quiet even on weekend afternoon and made for a nice hike.

Gorgeous park and hiking trails! Scenic natural beauty is abundant here. After a vigorous hike, I love to visit Paradise Springs Springs Winery which is walking distance from the Yates Ford Road parking lot.

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