Explore the most popular birding trails in Lake Anna 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.

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
2 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.

5 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.

5 months ago

I didn't think this was all that well marked when we went, a bit confused as to which trails we were on. But not a difficult hike.

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.

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.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

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

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.

mountain biking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

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

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

Nice little trail for kids. Well maintained.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

A lovely loop that can be picked up starting at the Visitor's Center or as a continuation of Old Pond Trail. Lots of little overlook views of the lake. Great trail! Can't wait to do it again in the spring/summer.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

So much beautiful Lake Anna. From the Visitors Center parking lot start out either north or south along the shoreline for one mile, turn around, come back and go in the other direction for a mile. The south leg will take you to Railroad Ford which is no longer there but you will know it by the point. The trail makes almost a U turn and heads uphill. This beautiful trail takes in the scenic parts of Railroad Ford Trail, Scenic Pond Trail, Fishermans Trail and Sunset Trail. You are never more than a few feet from the lake.

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.

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