Explore the most popular trails in Bear Creek Lake State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Nice loop around the lake. The lake connector trail has a decent climb. If you are camping in Acorn Loop you can pickup the trail between campsites A-10 and A-11. The trail connecting Lost Barr Loop and Oak Hill Road is not on the state trail map but don't worry it is there and easy to spot from Oak Hill Road.

Poorly maintained and poorly marked. This is to be expected in most state parks with longer trails. I recommend gps or having a map to help guide you.

hiking
1 month ago

Good little short hike but not much to see.

Solid short hike that is great for all experience levels.

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over grown
2 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Trail was well marked, but narrow. We started by the snack bar, which was near the swimming area on the lake. Very nice looking area to spend time with family. The trail seemed to be headed more down hill from this direction. The walk was nice, even though you had to step off trail to let others pass. There is also a tree down across the trail, but it was easy to get over. The trail pops out near the lake dam, and then follows the lake back to the swimming area. Not a scenic trail, unless you just want a hike in the woods.

Beautiful hike around lake.

The trail was very hard to find and lots of the trail had been logged which made it ugly. Would not go again until trees grow back. We also hiked the Coffey Trail and it was bad. Trail at start was well marked but halfway it just stops. It’s a no go for sure and had nothing to look at till the end.

Easy walk around the lake. Stopped by at beaver dam. Tiny buds starting to form on the trees.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice leg stretching trail to get back to nature and just enjoy the quiet and relax your thoughts.

hiking
Thu May 17 2018

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.

walking
Sun Jun 11 2017

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

hiking
Thu May 11 2017

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

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

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

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

hiking
Tue Apr 19 2016

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

hiking
Tue Apr 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.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

on Channel Cat Trail

hiking
5 months ago

on Channel Cat Trail

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5 months ago

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