Explore the most popular hiking 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.

great trail!

mountain biking
23 days ago

Fun trail

This was the second trail we hiked in the park. It is an easy peaceful gentle walk through the forest. At one point you walk out of the forest and turn right to walk up a section of gravel access road to pick up the trail on the left. You have to watch for the mountain bike trail intersections along the way but overall a very nice walk in the woods.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail for the second time. First time felt like 4 miles instead of the 2.3 miles it really is. This time it felt like 2.3 miles. Trail is in pretty good shape even after all the rain. Lots of roots to watch out for and enough ups and downs in elevation to give us a good workout. Always well shaded.

trail running
1 month ago

This is a great trail for training, because its actually 3 different loops. The largest (Bright Hope) is 5.4 miles, but there is also a 3.4 mile loop if you cut through to the Clark Forest path, or a 1 mile loop if you take the first fork. Gives you a lot of flexibility in your distance. Only reason I'd rate it as 4*, is that (1) This is popular for horses, so watch out for droppings and you must be careful when approaching the horses, (2) as others have said, not much in the way of scenery, just an inner forest run, with a few exceptions, and (3) its mostly double-track fireroad, and a bit rocky/gravel in some spots.

hiking
2 months ago

Views of the “lake” a few times. Mostly just trees and wildlife, which was still beautiful. Not too many spiders/snakes. Not a single tick on us, which was very surprising. Very well kept trail. Cute bridges along the way. Lots of frogs! Easy to navigate and well marked. Might be a bit muddy after a rain. Overall, we enjoyed it.

My son (11) and I enjoyed this trail. We got a little mixed up and ended up on the bike only bit (Lake View Loop) but gutted it out until we regained the hiking trail. We clocked in a little over 7 miles total in 3 hours with a pause for lunch in there at the halfway mark.

Definitely will come back and maybe bring the bike out!

hiking
2 months ago

Shaded trail with varying terrain / elevation. Dogs enjoyed wading in the stream. Nice scenery, although was expecting it to be closer to the water. The view of the dam was the highlight.

Great trail! Some sunny spots. Best to do early morning or evening in the summertime.

3 months ago

over half way is down hill good jumps only bike trail

trail running
3 months ago

Great trail ending at the lake. Loved it.

hiking
4 months ago

Not what I was expecting. Trail was longer, and didn’t get the elevation gains listed. Recommend going counter clockwise. Great if your looking to camp with family and want a variety of activities. This was long, a lot of greenery, but no spectacular views, so a little boring for a solo hike

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
5 months 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.

5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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

Lakeview is a bike trail, so if you start on Powhatan Trail walking you have to turn back at the Lakeview Loop.

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
6 months 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
6 months ago

I've written a blog post about this hike @ www.break-trail.com
If you'd like to read it, follow this link: https://goo.gl/7mYmnt

hiking
7 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
7 months ago

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

sometimes get to see deer, and bald eagle fly by

on Fendley Station Trail

hiking
9 months ago

I'm not much of a fan of gravel stone or hiking access roads, which this trail has too much.

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.

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