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.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Not impressed by this trail. A good bit of it is done along the power lines with no shade and tall grass. Make sure to treat your clothes and gear before you go and wear LOTS of bug spray - the flies and gnats are out of control.

on Goodwin Gold Mine Loop

hiking
3 months ago

The trails were well marked and parking was available. One car costs $7 on the weekend to park. There is a lot of good lake views and plenty Forest.

Nice trees and scenery. The trail was real muddy due to recent rains.

hiking
5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

on Railroad Ford Trail

6 months 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
Sunday, September 11, 2016

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

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

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.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

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
Sunday, June 19, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Nice little trail for kids. Well maintained.

hiking
Saturday, June 18, 2016

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.