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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.

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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5 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.

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5 months ago

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

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

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

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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.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

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