Explore the most popular mountain biking 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
26 days ago

Fun trail

mountain biking
28 days ago

This is a good trail, although the description is incorrect. None of the mountain biking trails in this area of the park allow pedestrians or animals. It is clearly marked no pedestrians, mountain bikes only here. You can actually be fined for using them without a mountain bike. There are other trails in the park intended for people who want to walk or bring animals.

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.

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.

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!

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

hiking
3 months ago

The description should be changed. The first half is a fire road and the last Half of the trail is marked “bikes only”. It was easy enough to find alternatives close by.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I have ridden this trail many times. 1 and 3 are the most interesting with 2 being mediocre. the trails are really well maintained with little chance of getting lost. there are a couple of small streams to cross, some rock gardens and small logs across the trail to hop. there are a few small climbs, and a few spots to really fly, mostly on 3. you will find a couple of benches and a nice place to stop and look out over the lake. we've seen deer, snakes and birds. it can get a little rooty in spots, but it's mostly nice packed dirt. it can get technical in spots so I would say this is for intermediate skilled riders.

I was able to hike this trail with a 7 year old and an infant. Easy walk and plenty to look at in terms of animal tracks, fallen trees, and the hidden cemetery was a good find

trail running
Saturday, September 09, 2017

hiking
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Not great for hiking. The trail is a gravel road.

trail running
Monday, July 31, 2017

Nice and easy to navigate 5 mile run. Not much to look at during this run, tho if you have time there is a cemetery that is hidden along the way.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Great trail to run. Perfect in that it's just over a half marathon distance and allows your to almost completely circle the park. Some of the climbs feel like they go on forever but nothing on this trails is difficult to navigate. Also not many roots or rocks to run on.

trail running
Sunday, July 30, 2017

mountain biking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Lakeview trail (one, western trail ) is the easiest of the 3 lakeview trails. Really enjoyable. Start at the Algonquin camp.

trail running
Saturday, July 08, 2017

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