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On the peaceful shore of beautiful John H. Kerr Reservoir, more commonly known as Buggs Island Lake, Occoneechee State Park is great for outdoor fun and relaxation. The park has more than 18 miles of trails that meander through the forest and along the lakes shore. The trails enable hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders to take in the beauty of Virginias Piedmont. Nature lovers can enjoy the wildlife attracted to habitat enhancement plots along the parks main road. The plots attract various birds, deer and woodland creatures. Guests can visit the park's visitor center to learn about the Native Americans who once lived in the area. The park takes its name from those natives. And a stroll on land that was once part of Occonneechee Plantation, complete with terrace gardens, helps visitors experience the park land as it was in the 19th century. Providing 24-hour access Virginias largest lake, three boat ramps open the door to 48,000 acres of fishing, boating and aquatic recreation. Eighty eight campsites are available for tent and RV campers. Some sites are right on the shoreline, providing easy fishing and boating access. The park also has 13 cabins that allow guests to enjoy the comforts of home as well as beautiful views of the lake. An equestrian campground with 11 sites and 11 covered horse stalls offers easy access to the parks trail system. Occoneechee also has picnic areas near the lake, a playground, boat rentals and a lakefront amphitheater.

hiking
3 months ago

There are many trails in the park. These 2 trails are accessed from the horse parking area. Beaver Pond trail is a 5.35 trail that is for hiking only whereas the Pan Handle trail and its associated loop is a multi use trail that is frequented by horses. Beaver Pond trail appears not to be used much and is poorly maintained in parts due to the amount of old blowdown. Linking both together made for an almost 10 mile trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Drove up to VA to hike at Occoneechee State Park two catch a hike. Decided to do Beaver Pond. Looks like the trail isn't very trafficked. About 25% of the trail consisted of tall weeds 12-16" coming and going through the loop. The weeds were loaded with ticks and we spent a lot of time picking them off. The trail needs some work as it has lots of fallen trees. The one redeeming factor is that we saw lots of turtles (one mud turtle and 3 eastern box turtles) and lots of beautiful fungus. Because of the hot weather it was also buggy.

hiking
7 months ago

Started down this "trail", was more like a 4x4 path. Lots of ticks. Not worth it.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cool trail. Has trail markers but distances and winding loops around the lake make it difficult to know proximity.

hiking
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

We did every trail in the park and this one ranked low among them.

hiking
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

I did this last year. We had a cabin at the park and did everything.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Nice walk

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Nice walk.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Nice for beginners.

hiking
Sunday, January 17, 2016

This was the first trail we hiked in the park.

hiking
Sunday, January 17, 2016

A nice level wooded trail.

hiking
Friday, November 13, 2015

A very pleasant walk in the woods. There is a viewing platform. It is an easy trail with gentle up and down, but mostly level walking.

Friday, November 13, 2015

A very pleasant trail through mixed hardwoods and pine. Don't mess with the ossage orange fruits. They are not good to eat and will stain your hands for a week of washing. The trail is a little hard to follow, but impossible to get lost.

hiking
Monday, November 09, 2015

This is a nice woodland trail. It is very easy to follow and not enough vertical change to get tired. I did not see any interesting birds, but maybe I did not know what I was looking for.

hiking
Sunday, November 08, 2015

Another nice walk in the woods. This is a beautiful single track trail through mixed hardwoods and some pine. The terrain is not level, but there are no actual climbs either. There was still a little bit of foliage left in places.

trail running
Sunday, June 21, 2015

I had a good run on on part of this trail. The trail does meander across one of the parks main roads. I was concerned that apart of the trail is next to a year round hunting area- and there are warning signs about this! I did not feel safe running on that part of the trail.

nature trips
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A nice wooded nature trail

hiking
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Park volunteer Jessica Lynn, a local high school student, and Matt Claybrook senior park ranger, have worked long and hard to bring about this self guided nature trail at Occoneechee State Park. While out hiking, have you ever wondered about what types of trees you are seeing along the way? Thanks to this new self-guided hike along the Tutelo Birding Trail, visitors to Occoneechee State Park can learn more about native trees in Southern Virginia. Even in winter when most of the trees are bare, there are still plenty of ways to identify the various species, such as leaves, bark, and seed pods. This is a pleasant wooded trail with a raised platform for bird watchers. The park rates this trail as intermediate but it is on the easy side of intermediate.

hiking
Monday, March 09, 2015

It was a pleasant hike in the woods. Not much to see but I would rather look at trees than the highway or my desk. You can pick it up from Occoneechee Park Road or the campground road.

hiking
Sunday, March 08, 2015

This is considered by the park to be a nature trail. There really is not a lot to see. It is mostly mixed hardwood with some pine and bushes.

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