Goodwin Gold Mine Loop

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Goodwin Gold Mine Loop is a 6.8 mile loop trail located near Spotsylvania, 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.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
659 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

wildlife

This hike explores the Goodwin Gold Mine back in the 1800's which was one of many in the area! There are also Sawmill ruins and other things to explore here. The trail starts out on the flat Mill pond trail and takes you to a feeder of the large lake in the area, at this location was the site of Hailey's Mill. The 2nd leg takes you through pigeon run trail along a road and into a very very quiet forest with a stream crossing. The 3rd leg brings you to the Gold mine trail, going back up along the road for a long ways until you finally reach the gold mine in the forest. The gold mine ruins, trenches, and multiple depressions are very pronounced in the area. This part of the hike presents the most abundant birds in the area, possible predatory varieties. The last leg takes you back through pine and other varieties of forests, relatively flat areas. Before reaching the parking lot, you will find a sawmill site with a pronounced water well and history sign.

hiking
2 months ago

Not impressed by this trail. A good bit of it is done along the power lines with no shade and tall grass. Make sure to treat your clothes and gear before you go and wear LOTS of bug spray - the flies and gnats are out of control.

hiking
2 months ago

The trails were well marked and parking was available. One car costs $7 on the weekend to park. There is a lot of good lake views and plenty Forest.

3 months ago

Nice trees and scenery. The trail was real muddy due to recent rains.

4 months ago

Saturday, May 07, 2011

5 stars for the mine and sawmill ruins!