Beaver Lake Trail

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Beaver Lake Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 2.3 miles Elevation Gain: 170 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

washed out

Beaver Lake Trail @ Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, VA

hiking
2 days ago

Trail seems longer than just two miles. It just goes around the lake but is not boring. Lots of areas with nice views, some bridges, streams, and a dam. I do this one with the kids and they enjoy it as well. If you happen to go when it is 97* out (don’t recommend) there are benches throughout where you may stop and rest as well as a visitor center with water, restrooms, and vending machines at the end.

hiking
2 days ago

Fairly athletic walk with little payout. Only one great view. Not bad, but there are better in park.

hiking
10 days ago

Dog friendly with a nice stream for them to play on about halfway through.

hiking
17 days ago

Trail mark slightly confusing initially, but once on the trail, markings were excellent. Beautify scenery. Trail is on the easy side of Moderate. Will do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with some exposed roots but well maintained. We went on a Saturday morning and it was pretty busy with lots of people with dogs on leash. Mostly wooded with lake (pond) views at the beginning and end. I would go again for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice loop that takes around 80 minutes at a comfortable pace. Actual distance was closer to 2.7 miles. A small creek intersects the trail around the halfway point which serves as a great spot to let dogs cool off.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is fine, but it feels longer than the 2 miles listed here. My husbands GPS said almost three and mine said 3.5. We ran out of water for us and our dogs. Trail in good condition though and good views. Lots of hills

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a good trail for a short, shaded day walk. Sections of it offer nice views of the lake, and the trail itself isn’t too difficult.

hiking
2 months ago

This was the first trail my husband and I took at Pocahontas State Park and we LOVED it! It was easy to find and stay on. My pup enjoyed running around on the trail. There are piers, large rocks, and beautiful overlooks that made it a great overall experience. The only reason I didn’t give it a 5 star rating is because you have to cross a creek halfway through the trail. There is a paved path, but if the water levels are high, you will get your feet wet. (The water was over our ankles) However, you can turn around and hike about the same distance. Despite that, we still enjoyed ourselves and have gone back multiple times since!

hiking
2 months ago

Not a difficult trail, but not boring either as you wind your way around the lake. Great trail for dogs and it ends at the visitor center for water and bathroom break.

3 months ago

Easy, scenic trail around the lake. Mainly shaded so it works great for a hot day especially if bringing dogs since there's lots of places they can hop in the water to cool off.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

I recommend this trail! Very easy to get to and dog friendly. It also has a water spot for the dogs to swim.

hiking
4 months ago

Took three dogs on this 2.3 mile hike with the family!! Gorgeous day, perfect hike!!! Check out the Museum for some history!

hiking
4 months ago

Love this trail and all of Pocahontas State Park. The trails are well kept up and well marked. The lake is beautiful in all seasons. One of my favorite places to hike.

hiking
4 months ago

It was a beautiful hike! Small amount of mud in low areas, but well worth the adventure! Beautiful bridges over water. Geese, turtles and frogs. It was very quiet and peaceful. The dam was gorgeous!

recorded Beaver Lake Trail

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great in April before the leaves block the view! So much young wildlife! Painted turtles, nesting birds, little little toads, fiddleheads, small wildflowers carpeting in the forest.

walking
8 months 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.

8 months ago

Great family friendly trail.. Beautiful.

10 months ago

Pleasant afternoon walk with dog

hiking
Saturday, September 01, 2018

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.

hiking
Thursday, August 09, 2018

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.

hiking
Sunday, July 29, 2018

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.

hiking
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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.

walking
Friday, April 20, 2018

Nice long walk

Friday, April 06, 2018

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!

hiking
Monday, March 26, 2018

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
Sunday, March 11, 2018

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

walking
Sunday, March 11, 2018

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

Sunday, January 21, 2018

sometimes get to see deer, and bald eagle fly by

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