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.

Not a bad hike didn’t care for all the walking along the power lines. There were a few down trees on the trail. $7 to get into lake Anna park


trail running
5 months ago

A lot of roots (easy to roll ankle) but pretty good overall.

Adorable trail partially along the water. Easy hike with some moderately steep grades and lots of tree roots to beware of. Enjoyable evening hike!

The signs weren’t mark clearly. It wasn’t clear when one trail ended and when the next one started. Overall it was nice. Not a lot of traffic. On the trail. I Was able to see a lot of horses on the trail. The weather was just right.

8 months ago

Nice hike, half along the shore of Lake Anna and half along an old railroad bed. Good views across Lake Anna. On the easy side of moderate due to short length and fairly flat terrain. Watch out for the dying red cedars: they are falling down and big enough to severely hurt you if one should fall on you. Overall, best hiker-only trail at Lake Anna State Park.

Pretty easy hike. There's a couple steep hills, but nothing too strenuous. There's not much to see, so it drags a bit. Not sure if someone else covered this, but you take two other trails from the parking lot to get to the trail. It's a good trail if you're just trying to get some miles in.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Nice easy trail for a fall stroll to take in all color changing leaves!! Kid friendly too!

Friday, July 07, 2017

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

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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

on Railroad Ford Trail

Friday, March 24, 2017

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.

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.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

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

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Great hike with wonderful lake view and access. Fished it numerous times without any great luck. Pretty easy with a few little rises. I either start the trail from the boat landing area of picnic area B.

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.

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.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Wanted to try this out based on the one posted 5 star review. We followed the directions per this app but could not find the trail head. Don't waste your time.

Friday, May 30, 2014

A wonderful view! Did it on Memorial Day and it was a little crowded since it's the closest to the visitor's center and because people wanted to fish from it. Beautiful views and we even got to see 6-7 deer running through and some skinks!

mountain biking
Monday, May 12, 2014

Nice park, good trails, plan to go back!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

I don't give many fives but this trail is a five. Drive into the park and take every right you can take until you get to a parking lot and picnic area on the lake. Then go to the right end of the parking lot. To go around clockwise you start from just above the rest rooms. The trail climbs for a while, crossing the road you came in on. Except for the road crossing it is a beautiful wooded trail all the way up and all the way across to a point above the Visitors Center parking lot. At this point you have been headed along a beautiful wooded trail and you suddenly break out high above the parking lot and lake. The trail keeps to the right of the lot all the way down to the lake, then turns right into the woods. From there you will enjoy constant views of the lake for the remainder of the hike. We sat on a beautiful beach along the way.

Friday, September 06, 2013

My favorite state park used to be First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach or Troth Creek State Park in Pennsylvania, but we have a new winner.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Hands down this is a trail we hope for. The water views 2/3 of the way, wild flowers and forrest.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

This is a beautiful trail! You follow the lake over half way around. The woods are lovely. It is suggested by the signs that you do the trail counter clockwise but I wanted to save the lake views for last. Going around clockwise you start with three tenths of a mile of climb. Then the rest is easy. A very gentle downhill to the point and then you follow the lake back up. Besides squirrels and eagles, I saw a gecko but he was not selling insurance.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

What a wonderful park! I know most Virginia State Parks are awesome but this one is beyond awesome. I plan on going back and spending a couple more days here.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

5 stars for the mine and sawmill ruins!

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