Beaver Pond Trail and Pan Handle Loop Trail

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Beaver Pond Trail and Pan Handle Loop Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Clarksville, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.0 miles
597 feet

dogs on leash


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




over grown

Enter Occoneechee State Park. Note there will be an entrance fee in operation. Turn left at the main gate and follow the park road to take the first left following signs for the Horse parking area. Park in the day use area on the left hand side of horse parking area. The trailhead for Beaver Pond trail is at the far left of the parking area. Follow the green blazes taking the loop to the left. Upon closing the loop, retrace steps to the Beaver Pond trailhead. The Pan Handle trailhead is just past 2 picnic benches on the left. Follow the white blazes of the Pan Handle which starts by skirting the horse parking area and exiting by a gate and the end of the horse parking area. Take the wide horse trail to the left for about 0.5 mile. The first signpost is marked for the Pan Handle loop trail on the right hand side of the trail. Take the loop trail which loops around 4 inlets before finishing at the main trail. Although the Pan Handle main trail can be continued to its terminus, turn left on the Pan Handle main trail to return back to the horse parking area.

5 months ago

Great way to get some exercise and burn off the calorie of a weekend on Kerr Lake. Great for spotting herons and the most recent time we did this hike we spotted an eagle. Not a real challenge but a good way to stretch the legs. If the full distance is too much, it is set up to cut it off at the hallway mark or even cut off the last quarter.

10 months ago

There are many trails in the park. These 2 trails are accessed from the horse parking area. Beaver Pond trail is a 5.35 trail that is for hiking only whereas the Pan Handle trail and its associated loop is a multi use trail that is frequented by horses. Beaver Pond trail appears not to be used much and is poorly maintained in parts due to the amount of old blowdown. Linking both together made for an almost 10 mile trail.

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10 months ago