Explore the most popular birding trails in Pocahontas 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.

Good trail for a moderate skilled biker and for jogging. Gradual ups and downs with manufactured hills and jumps throughout. Nice lake view too.

hiking
9 days ago

Nice, mostly shaded loop around Beaver Lake. Look for beaver lodge in lake. Good wildlife viewing, especially from the boardwalks. On the easy side of moderate because terrain is fairly level. Overall, best hiker-only trail at Pocahontas State Park.

19 days ago

It was ironically parallel to the highway, so noisy and kind of annoying. It does however eventually lead to some really good trails. Well made trail, but rather drive a minute farther to a much better trail.

hiking
1 month ago

I feel like the description of this trail is a little off. First the Bell Lap is the name of the trail, but it seems that this refers only to the mountain bike trail. The mountain bike trail seems very popular and they are doing significant work to expand. This one way loop trail is separate from the hiking trail. The hiking trail is a multi-use trail for hiking, less adventurous biking, horseback riding, and park vehicles. It is mostly gravel/ 2-track. It is also labeled the Loop Forest Trail in signs, although my GPS seemed to keep me pretty close to the above trail map. Over all easy quick hike with some hills (my 7 yr old had no issues and was easy for her - her hardest hike to date had been 8.5mi moderate). Nice quick hike if you just want to get out in the woods for a bit!

mountain biking
1 month ago

It is a 3.9 mile ride. The first 1.5 miles is littered with man-made mounds which will test your skill level. The second mile is along the lake with several small streams to cross. The last mile is the home stretch along the Bell lap trail.

walking
1 month ago

Nice long walk

Nice open beautiful views! If you are a beginner it might feel longer then the miles posted, but it's a great workout, not too overwhelming. My family and I enjoyed it very much!

Beautiful peaceful trail

Nice trail around the lake but did not feel like more then 2 miles, and seems to be a connector trail for the campers staying at the park or an easy way to a longer bike loop trail which is misleading on the map, we had to turn back. Also not a fan of the disconnection off the trail with the street crossings.
Forest exploration and Beaver are much better trails for walking.

mountain biking
1 month ago

The first half mile is downhill with plenty of mounds and jumps. The last part of the trail is mostly flat.

This is a nice ride for the weekend warrior. The trail doesn’t have any roots or rocks. It’s nice and wide for for good speeds especially in the first mile. In the first mile, there are some good mounds to test your skills. The last quarter mile is slightly uphill.

hiking
2 months ago

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hiking
2 months ago

It's got your ups, your downs, your turn arounds. Nice easy short walk in the woods. Bluff over lake is great.

walking
2 months ago

Great easy trail. The path is easily identifiable with clear directional markers.

sometimes get to see deer, and bald eagle fly by

nice trail, well maintained and easy to follow. the trail skirted the lake in Pocahontas state park and has little elevation change. hiked in December, not much to see. there were a few boards with information but they are old and challenging to read. one overlook, a bridge over some marshy areas. didn't see much wildlife - perhaps bring binoculars for animal spotting.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Nice scenery. Inclines aren't too bad. Saw 4 other people over a period of 3 hours on a weekday. Bring your hammock/tree straps and have a quiet picnic by the creek.

trail running
8 months ago

Decent trail. some grade changes along the way. watch for roots and rocks and fallen trees. Seen plenty of wild life along the way. my 7 year old had no problems here. Nice cool and shaded.

so pretty and great for kids

hiking
9 months ago

Great for family, the dog, and a good, clear path. Well shaded, even during the heart of the day.

trail running
9 months ago

Pretty trail run that can challenge you if you push on the ascents. Love the views of the lake as you work around it. A few switchbacks but nothing overly technical.

trail running
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

A moderate trail for hiking. Not difficult at all. The trail is definitely designed for mountain biking, but it's hiker friendly. It's well maintained and clean. The trail offers nothing scenic worth noting. It's a mixture of gravel road and forest path.

Great views of the lake. The raised trails are neat.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

I made a last-minute decision to hike this trail instead of Beaver Lake Trail, and it was a little disappointing. Pretty enough, but not much challenge.I followed one turn-off that took me to a camping area, and it was an out-and-back trail, so I had to spend time retracing my steps and finding a longer/better section to hike. I picked up Beaver Lake Trail after a couple of false starts on this one, and then I was happier.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

I enjoyed this trail in a moderate downpour of rain, but the tree canopy was so high and thick that it was just a mist by the time it reached me. This was an easy trail, almost no climbing. The small lake was pretty, despite the clouds and rain.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

This path was quiet with some hills and mostly gravel, not a fan of it crossing onto the road a little ways in. I did go off the beaten path by taking a bike trail the added some length to my hike.

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Beautiful views!!! Favorite trail here at Pocahontas so far

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