The land in Lake Anna State Park used to be known as "Gold Hill" and contained the Goodwin Gold Mine. Gold was first discovered in 1829 with mining reaching its peak in the 1880s. In 1971 Lake Anna was created to serve as a water coolant for Dominion Powers nuclear plant. In 1972 work began on the acquisition and development of a water-oriented state park. Lake Anna State Park opened in 1983. While boating and fishing on this beautiful lake are major attractions, these are only some of the parks offerings. Lakefront picnic areas and wooded hiking trails are also popular. On summer weekends, interpretive programs on the nature and history of the area complement exhibits and displays in the visitor center. Lake Anna State Park has rental cabins, camping, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, lakeshore picnicking, a guarded swimming beach, a childrens play area, a boat ramp, a food concession stand, a bathhouse and a childrens and handicapped fishing pond.

A good warm up for some of the longer trails. Circles a small pond with labeled foliage. Also has fitness stations. Nice view of the larger lake. Paved.

on Old Pond Trail

1 month ago

Short and sweet; I like the "fit trail" stops with exercise signs.

on Railroad Ford Trail

1 month ago

Peaceful, good views of the lake for the majority of the trail. Easy to moderate difficulty; if you want more incline, start at the trailhead closer to the campsite. Note that the trail is characterized by a lot of tree roots and can be a bit bumpy in places.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Easy wide trail. Good number of roots in many areas.

nice, easy trail. good views of the lake, and nice spots to stop and fish as well. caught an eastern fence lizard about 30 ft into the trail. would definitely do it again.

Should really remove the "jeep" out of the name... Drove up and down that road and didn't find any trail wide enough for my jeep. Very disappointed. As far as the park goes it was lots of things to do.

hiking
11 months ago

Great easy hike with the family! Lots of lake views. Close parking.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice little trail for kids. Well maintained.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail with plenty of lake view. Fun.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Lots of choices here, with a variety of trails. Study your map first, then choose. Parking is $5.

hiking
Sunday, February 28, 2016

hiking
Sunday, January 10, 2016

It was over a year ago, but I thought it was the visitor center and very much in the park. Maybe it was called something else. Anyway, Donna was right that there are many miles of trails in the park, so pick your hike from beautiful lakefront to uphill leg burners. I think this is one of the prettiest state parks in Virginia.

hiking
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

cross country skiing
Sunday, August 16, 2015

Fun easy hike. Can get crowded around the lake. The fisherman trail is not well marked and overgrown.

hiking
Sunday, August 16, 2015

hiking
Sunday, July 27, 2014

Please note this trail appears to be within the state park . There is a lake anna visitors center separate from the park, and there are no hiking trails there. We did hike about 4 miles of the trails in the state park. Very nice. There are plenty of trails there, and you can put together any hike length you want.