Cumberland Marsh Hiking Trail is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near New Kent, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length4.2 miElevation gain101 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestPartially pavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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There is a nice overlook near the parking area with a great view of the marsh. It is worth the stop if you are in the area. Trails have been redone. The dams were cut and lakes drained. Best part is along the creek. Longer to get to now. Easy, flat, woods. Please note the boardwalk and observation deck portion are wheelchair accessible.

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Gretchen N Hedges
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Charles Storey
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Don’t hike here during deer hunting season. We were between a pack of hunting dogs in the loop and hunters firing shotguns outside the loop. It was a pleasant hike until then. It was a pleasant day until then

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Jay Yeman
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quite soggy in places

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Para Smith
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Sarah Detruit
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Sarah Detruit
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did not have much time to spend on this visit. looking forward to coming back. first visit- -dock overlooking water on right, there is a clear trail there. -hiking trail - go left at the visitors sign. Yes, it is via a farming field (i was surprised by that for some reason and thought I was going the wrong way) clearly marked trail on the right into the woods.

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Bruce Stein
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An unexpectedly heavily-wooded trail. Lots of variety in the trees and terrain, though mostly flat. Don't forget the bug spray as the trail narrows in many places and so lightly traveled that we battled spider webs in about a mile of the thickest parts. The greatest treat was the walk along Holts creek at sunset and the boardwalk view near the parking area. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Para Smith
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Chelsea Lawson
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nice trail with slight variations in terrain. would recommend for fall or winter. mosquitoes, bugs and spiders are out there. but overall good trail. will hike again

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Angela Watson
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I a little rough Terran but a great like. Make sure you bring bug spray. Mosquitos are very bad. Trails are nicely marked.

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Katie Wysocki
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Dark turned back next time. Found walking stick.

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Pamela Fick
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I use this trail pretty frequently and enjoy it. I tend to prefer trails with minimal to no people and I rarely see anyone here.

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Hunter DeShazor
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Lena Rankin
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Nice trail early April! Went on a weekday and didn’t see a soul. Trails is well marked and well maintained.

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Lana Torell
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Very nice trail this time of year (end of March). Pretty outlook over the marsh. Learned some history of Cumberland at the mansion entrance. Trail starts along a corn field & then into the woods. I could see where it could get very buggy as the summer progresses.

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Mema K
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Great trail for families. Trail nice and clear end of March time frame. Would like to come back with in April/May when the flowers are in bloom. Already picked a tick off though... make sure you check after your hike!

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Gretchen Kemp
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woods full of peace of mind

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Ashlei Selden
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I imagine it would've been lovely, but we drove all the way there just to see that the path to the trail was entirely overgrown with grass over a foot in height with tall corn and thick woods on either side. Badly in need of maintenance.

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Jacob Groome
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TICKS. The trail and adjoining property are beautiful, however anytime from May to September is tick hell at Cumberland trail. Zero exaggeration, my party of three found easily over a hundred ticks on us. Everywhere throughout the trail we'd take a few steps and have another handful of them to pick away, we used bug spray. That was last year and last week we returned and retreated before we made is to the trail head past the field, tick city. Go in the winter when it snows. I love the place but beware of ticks.

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John Throckmorton
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Please do not bring your dog here. I found out the hard way that they are not allowed after driving an hour and a half to get here. Luckily, the lady I ran into who works for the conservation society was a wonderful person and let me continue the trail. Other than that, it was a wonderful trail! Absolutely beautiful scenery.

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Shona Freeman
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This is a very well marked trail, but also very overgrown in spots, so I highly recommend long pants. Don’t forget bug spray; we were covered with seed ticks and being so close to the marsh the bugs were pretty bad. Carry a pretty long stick to knock out the spider webs you will encounter on the trail. I would do this trail in winter due to the above and you will be able to see the views of the marsh a lot better.

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Pam Williams
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Love this trail more and more, have hiked it twice since my last review. One of my favorites. Took some photos today as well. There's one spot on the way back where you pass through some rhododendron. It had rained early this morning before I left home, so everything was wet and glimmering. As I turned a corner the sun peaked out and it was as if each leaf was a diamond in itself. Absolutely stunning!!!!!

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Jennifer Green
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This trail has the potential to be sooo much better. Initially, we had a hard time even finding the trail. The entire thing was overgrown and there were numerous downed trees that we had to climb over/under. There are markers but there were 3 different types and we did get off track 2 times. I would say it required moderate exertion due to the path maneuvering, not easy. I was hoping there wouldn’t be a lot of ticks being that it was November but no such luck. I was picking ticks of my dog and myself. There were some nice river views though.

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Stephanie Fletcher
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Hiked here yesterday. The leaves in fall are majestic! Well marked trail.

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Pam Williams
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Hiked this trail first part of Nov. Beautiful!!! Loved it!!! Very remote. Nice new bench near the water with great birding about 45 minutes from trail head. It appears the trail has been shortened as I saw two signs "Trail Closed". Saw several deer. Would not recommend for summer hiking.

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Jody Woods
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It's probably unfair that I rate this trail since it is my first. The trail was somewhat overgrown and did not appear to be much traveled. That being said, it is exceptionally well marked and even in between blazes, we never lost the trail line. The woods are stunningly quiet and the marsh is eerily beautiful. Dress in long sleeves, long pants, and bring plenty of insect repellant because chiggers are the devil!

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Alan Bourne
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I must have been here about the same time as Kyle. It was a nice break from my route on a beautiful day.

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Kyle Smith
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Walked this trail on a cool, late November day. Very well marked in both directions of loop. Flat, scenic and great for birding. Nice feeling of remoteness as I was the only person out this day. Really neat section with young long needle pine encasing you on either side. Well worth my 45 min drive.

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Hb Radar
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THE TRAILS IN CUMBERLAND MARSH FOLLOW OLD LOGGING/FARM ROADS / MOSTLY FLAT TERRAIN / THE UPPER & LOWER LAKES HAVE REMOVED / WE HAVE RELOCATED THE TRAILS TO GO AROUND THIS MILEAGE AROUND 4 /

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