Less than an hour west of Richmond and nestled in the heart of Cumberland State Forest, Bear Creek Lake is the perfect getaway for the outdoor enthusiast. Activities center on the park's 40-acre lake complete with a boat launch, fishing pier, boat rentals and swimming beach. The park offers camping, cabins, a meeting facility, an archery range, lakeside picnicking, playgrounds, hiking and access to a 14-mile multi-use trail in the state forest. The park is surrounded by the 16,000-acre Cumberland State Forest, which provides opportunities for a wide range of outdoor activities. Four small lakes in the state forest are managed by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for recreational fishing. A network of forest roads with and without gates enables great hiking, mountain biking and nature observation. Note: There is limited (Verizon) cell phone signal in the park. Public phones are in Campground A and the linen building in the cabin area.

Easy pleasant hike, very low traffic when we were there.

Great easy hike. Vacant on a Monday morning. Though the local map doesn't show it, the trail does connect to the road at the western edge near dam. You need to walk down and around dam spillover portion to connect back up to trail (climb waist high cement wall). Several places to stop and fish. Beaver has dammed eastern part flooding portion, trail circumvents this.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Absolutely beautiful trails at this park and this particular is perfect for a casual walk in the woods

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Pleasant, pretty trail. Saw some wildlife and a few nice views. Easy hiking with no real inclines.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

I did 11.3 miles. Really easy to moderate trail. I did the cmt to the wrt back to cmt!!! Had fun!!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

My feet are still sore but we hiked for two more days after.

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It was nice, but way too long for the punch line.

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This trail was nice almost all of the way around and easy all the way.

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A nice loop around the lake and more. There are views all the way. When you cannot see the lake there are beautiful woodlands.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

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Saturday, November 21, 2015