Looking for a great trail in Pocahontas State Park, Virginia? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Pocahontas State Park ranging from 2 to 13.6 miles and from 131 to 301 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Only 20 miles from downtown Richmond, the capital of Virginia, Pocahontas State Park has been one of the more popular parks in the state park system. Many various activities, including biking, hiking, picnicking, swimming, camping and family-friendly nature programs, await guests. Swift Creek Reservoir and Beaver Lake offer visitors a chance for excellent wildlife viewing and fishing.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
20 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

New trail that just opened Jan 1. Mostly well marked but I think I missed a marker at one intersection and added 3/4 mile or so loop on the eastern end which was fine since it looped right back onto Co-op. Thank the the trail crew volunteers for building this!

Nice trail typical of those you will find at Pocahontas State Park.

hiking
27 days ago

Typical Pocahontas fire road hike. You share the trail with hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. I enjoy seeing the horses but they are nervous creatures. A nice hike in the woods trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Not a bad trail, but not amazing - solid three stars. If you are looking to break in some hiking boots, exercise your dog or horse, or just want to scratch the itch during the winter when the Blue Ridge Parkway is closed then this is a good option. No real views to speak of, but the occasional slight incline barely makes this more than a walk in the woods. Hiked it on a warm January Sunday afternoon and it was extremely quiet towards the end of the hike. Would visit again, but only as a tertiary option since there are many better hikes in Virginia.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful wooded trail! Walked it with my miniature pinscher mix. While it is a relatively easy walk through most of it, there are some sections where it would be very difficult for anyone with mobility issues. Also, a lot of mud this time of year (January) and one part had a small bridge with a couple inches of water going over it. No big deal but be prepared for some mess.
Views are absolutely beautiful! Mix of the lake, marshes, and small streams.

Great family friendly trail.. Beautiful.

This trail is what it is, and it is mostly wooded access roads. For me, Fendley Trail was a nice endurance trail, easy to moderate. I picked a day where the weather was all over the map, and I think that made it nicer and less traveled.

A consistent trail with beautiful scenery!

Nice alternative to the Bright Hope Trail. Add a couple more miles and has a nice view of a pond.

Pleasant afternoon walk with dog

great trail!

mountain biking
4 months ago

Fun trail

mountain biking
4 months 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.

hiking
5 months 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
5 months 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
6 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
6 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.

7 months ago

over half way is down hill good jumps only bike trail

hiking
7 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
7 months ago

Great trail ending at the lake. Loved it.

hiking
8 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
9 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.

9 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
9 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
9 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.

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