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Hickory Hollow Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lancaster, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 180 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bugs

Over grown

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Fritz Barnes
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Pretty trail. Heat index close to 110 today, neither the sunshine nor the breeze penetrated the forest canopy much. Bugs not bad. Most stream beds were dry. Saw a couple of box turtles, looked hard for snakes but didn’t see any. We will probably come back in the fall.

jim huffman
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Another great hike this morning. went left today at beginning to hit, green, blue, red, purple trails. lots of flies though so having off and got hat to swat them a little

jim huffman
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great evening exercise last night 52 3mile hike

jim huffman
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great day warmer so less bugs.

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jim huffman
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great nature trails. love them many options. bring bug spray or net for June

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jim huffman
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Hiking

Great trail but you will need bug spray.

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Jay Huggins
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A hidden gem in the Northern Neck, the trails here are entirely under canopy. Many different trails to mix, match, and connect. As others have said, some trail junctions are not marked well but with a trail map, it's not difficult to figure out where you are. We heard lots of birds but did not see many due to the tree cover. As of 5/30/2020 the website for the Preserve is https://northernneckaudubon.squarespace.com/hickory-hollow

Tony Seals
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Very nice local trail. Almost entirely under tree canopy. Lightly used, we saw two other families in over 2 hours. Even with a GPS trail map, we found it challenging to stay on the planned trail. Maybe too many various color markers with a LOT of trail intersections. The trails would be better if they would lay them out in single colors based on distance and maybe reduce 8 different color trails to 3 or 4. Overall though, very nice afternoon hike!

Ryan Zacchini
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This trail is a little tricky there are a lotta off routes and alternatives that you can take. If you want to take the exact trail that is on Alltrails be sure to keep the app handy and check when you come to cross roads. The cool thing about this trail is there are a lot of Informational signs about types of plants and animals located around the trail.

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Daymon Wooten
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Personally I thought this trail and area was wonderful. Once inside it’s a beautiful walk in the woods with no interruption. We walked out to the overlook (although it’s not much of an overlook) and continued around the main loop. The area is mostly flat with little to no elevation. There’s tons of trees among the path, it makes you feel as if you’re in seclusion.

lee morris
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Beautiful pristine trails. Short on wildlife my day but saw the rare tidewater amphipod. Be on the lookout for 2 adult pit bulls no collar ,no owner just roaming No overt aggression but will make you uncomfortable by bumping you with body and smelling you and pushing against you with closed mouth. May not be there on your day

Ann Parrish
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We walked this afternoon and we had a great time. We walked the additional trails that are connected with the main trail and walked 3.6 miles.

Kalynn L
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Most of the trails are wide and very noticeable but others are very narrow and look almost like a deer trail. If you're not paying attention you could get lost. There was quiet a few places to sit and rest, that was nice! I wouldn't go back in the middle of summer because I can imagine there being lots of critters you don't want to run into.

Marty H.
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Nice set of trails. The map and blazing will be improved soon. The NN chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists are working on improvements. Hickory Hollow has some rare flora. If you are into geocaching, there are quite a few in the area.

Heather Talley
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Hiking

Definitely very overgrown and poorly maintained in spots. There is a spot near the start of the white trail if you go right that has about 50 feet of glass on the trail. Maybe not a problem for humans in proper hiking boots but very scary for dogs. I chose to pick up and carry my 60+ lb dog over it and still worried about her feet. I'm not sure how that much glass came to be on the trail short of some deliberately dumping it there. The trail is poorly blazed at some points but it isn't so bad as to get lost though a few times I questioned if we were on the trail or a deer path until I'd see the next trail blaze. As far as trails go in Lancaster it wasn't half bad and was nice to go somewhere new though I wouldn't go in the summer, you'd get eaten alive by bugs and have to deal with snakes being hard to see. I'd prefer to stick to better maintained trails in the area but I might go back on occasion.

Kristen P
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Not a bad trail- mostly woods. Lots of spiderwebs. Some of the trail markings are confusing

Jennifer Green
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Hiking

Easy, flat trail. There were tree roots in the path but it was well cleared otherwise. To many spiders, I'm pretty sure I was totally covered in spider webs by the end. Not much to look at but trees.

Jesse A.
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Small network of well blazed trails with some picnic spots, tree markers, and water lookouts.

Makwa Kerber
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Nice walk on well-blazed trails. Some elevation changes and a minor amount of water to view, but mostly wooded. Deer flies were relentless!

Elena Tate
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This is my favorite kind of trail; small but easy to follow and shaded. It joins the White Trail for over half the loop.

Alan Bourne
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Beautiful forest but not much else The little streams did little. But it was a beautiful day to be in the woods. The trails are very easy to follow. They run in straight lines much of the time and are well blazed.

Hannah Ruffner
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Michael C.
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Dawn Seals
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Janine Snader
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Justin Hart
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Tom Geiger
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Fred Johnson
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Fred Johnson
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Fred Johnson
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