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Beaver Lake Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Chesterfield County, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 170 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Fishing Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Lake River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Over grown Washed out
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Note: Bikes are not allowed on this trail.

Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 Easy Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

Directions from Richmond, VA: Pocahontas State Park is in Chesterfield County, about 20 miles south of Richmond. From I-95, take Exit 61 and go west on Route 10 to Route 655, Beach Road; or take Exit 67, go north on Route 150 to Route 10; go east to Beach Road. The park is four miles on right; or take Route 288 from I-95 to Route 10 East and go one mile to Beach Road. Follow Beach Road to the park entrance. Continue on the main park road turning left into the CCC Museum parking lot. The trailhead is located next to the museum.

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Jasmine Neville
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Beautiful

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Ed Easton
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Nice easy walk

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Andrew M
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Nice trail with some good variance in terrains. A little muddy in some areas even without rain for a few days, but nothing terrible. Took my medium sized dog and worried about crossing paths with some critters in some of the marshy areas.

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Twyla Butler
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GREAT hike today. It was cool and shady, no muddy spots either.

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Reuben miles
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Tyler Ferro
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Karen Ellis
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Karen Ellis
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Molly Norris
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Go early, less foot traffic and better weather! Really nice walk and would consider it easy/moderate.

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Cari K
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Courtney Marie
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Nice trail with some good spots to look out over the lake. I went on a Sunday and it was more crowded than some other parts of the park, but in most places it is easy to step off the trail to let others pass. I'm surprised this is labeled moderate, but there are some sections with a lot of roots

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Twyla Butler
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Trails were great today, considering the recent flooding. The only part that was inaccessible was the floating dock. Where there had been mud on trails before has either dried up or been covered with sand. Not too buggy this morning either!

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Maddy Bailey
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Great trail. Full of mushrooms right now

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Twyla Butler
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It’s always a great hike but due to the hurricane one part was very muddy and the concrete bridge was under water. I was able to gather some sticks to get through the mud and it was really just that one part that was an inconvenience. Very few bugs out today, I hiked from 11-12am.

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Amanda Music
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Beaver Lake trail was a very well maintained path of dirt, rocks, and some man made bridges. Mostly flat with a few areas of elevation. No bikes allowed. If you want a short hike that won’t leave you dead this is a good one!

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Emjay Walenius
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This was a nice little walk. But, I definitely wouldn’t consider it a “moderate” trail. Not wheelchair or stroller friendly. But, most of it was 6’ wide cleared path with mild root terrain. The bugs were terrible. But, that wasn’t out of the ordinary for this type of trail.

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Jessie Walker
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Great trail with lots of pretty views. We did have our oldest who has special needs and is in a special needs stroller with large tires. I was shocked that this is marked wheel chair friendly. It definitely is not. We made it but it took a lot of work from both my husband and myself.

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Twyla Butler
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Loooots of bugs today because of the rain last night.

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Sara Mitchell
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Definitely recommend an early hike for this trail. Not too hot and not too many people. I went on a Thursday morning around 8:30. My dog loved it.

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Lili Voisinet
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Absolutely beautiful lake! Very easy, shaded, well maintained path with slight elevation change. Takes about 1 hour meandering and taking pictures. Lots of wildlife, including bugs, but they were cute too!

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Jessica Rivera
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I would recommend this trail for anyone looking for a moderate hilly hike around a beautiful lake. I went on a Sunday morning and it was very peaceful and not crowded.

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Shannon Phillips
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Made my first trip here yesterday. Overall, trail conditions were good, but the amount of horseflies on the trail made parts of the trip unbearable. I saw the other reviews that mentioned them, but decided to go anyway, as I've never really let bugs bother me. By the time I got near the water, I was consistently swatting flies off of me rather than enjoying the views. When away from water, the hike was more enjoyable and I was able to see a variety of lizards, a juvenile snake, frogs and birds. I went on a Friday afternoon around 3 pm, and I only ran into two other humans on the trip.

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Laura Williams
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Take bug spray!!!!!!!! ... really nice challenging trail but the bugs made it almost intolerable.

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Cristalle Vilardo
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This is one of my favorite local trails. It is short, but quite nice. It is typically no too busy week or weekend. It is nice for running as well.

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Anjalee Raman
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HikingBugs

Beautiful trail! There is a lot of shade and the trail loops nicely around the lake. Not to much elevation, pretty flat. Good trail to do if you want something quick.

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Pranay Bonagiri
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Very pretty pond, trail was wide with lots of wildlife

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Caleb Frost Sanderson
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Awesome trail. I ran in from the park entrance on Old Mill Trail, did 3 loops of the Beaver Lake Trail, and then back out (10 miles total). Horse flies were extremely persistent. Overall very runnable.

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Caleb Frost Sanderson
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Excellent trail run. I started at the park entrance and ran in on the Old Mill Trail to connect to Beaver Lake Trail. I did 3 loops of the lake and then ran back out for a total of 10 miles. I’m a flat lander from Florida so it was challenging but totally runnable with road shoes (trail shoes better but...). I power hiked up a couple hills. Horse flies were persistent pretty much the whole way. Trail was not crowded on Saturday morning (7:30-9:30).

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Elizabeth Piwowarski
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I went on a Friday middle of the day and there was very few people. I would definitely say this isn’t for beginners as there is quite a bit of elevation change. Some lake views and places to walk down to it. I would say the trail could be marked a little better with signs but otherwise it was a good little workout.

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