Lake Ballard Trail

EASY 20 reviews

Lake Ballard Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Portsmouth, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

1.8 miles
26 feet

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

paddle sports






wild flowers



no dogs

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation mission is to conserve the last parcel of wilderness in the Hoffler Creek watershed for environmental education, research, and recreation consistent with good stewardship. The preserve is 142 acres in size. The Lake Trail encircles Lake Ballard.

nature trips
29 days ago

Hidden gem for the area, great nature walk, kids outing or bird watching.

3 months ago

The description pretty much covers it. It's a simple little walk in the woods; worth doing if you're already nearby and just want to get outside. If there's one downside, it's that this area in general has a horrible mosquito problem. Bring your repellant, especially on humid days or after rainfall.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

we got out of the car, put bug spray on and still got swarmed by 50 mosquitos. had to leave before even getting to the trail.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

No jogging allowed.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Sign at the entrance that says no jogging

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Nice walk around the lake. Good views of the fall colors were on display when I was there. Unfortunately mosquitoes and ticks were bad also! I recommend not doing this after a lot of rain (as was the case when I went). No pets, running, or biking according to the signs.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Hidden surprise. Nice wide well maintained path around lake. Secluded feeling.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Great Family walk.. nice and quiet with thousands of dragonflies everywhere..

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What a beautiful lake! I think it is even prettier than Oak Grove and without the heavy traffic. The Lake Ballard Trail is the main loop around the lake but you can add some little side loops to add interest and mileage. Make sure you use your tick spray and stay out of the tall grass.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

An easy trail with lots of birds and a few deer. It's a very pretty trail, great for photos.

Friday, October 04, 2013

This beautiful preserve has two downfalls: no running, no cycling. While it is too short to cycle, it would be fun for children. Anyway, the positives so outweigh the negatives. This place is simply stunning. It is a short walk, less than 2 miles, but perfect for an ethereal departure from reality. Lots of stops worth sitting and enjoying breathtaking views.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Too short but lots to see. It is a beautiful wooded trail that has a bird blind if want to stop and watch the birds that fish in the creek.

Friday, May 17, 2013

It was cloudy today, but still a nice walk. We took all the extra side loops.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

What a nice little park for only 142 acres! The main trail is a mile and a quarter, but if you do all the little side loops it is more like a mile and three quarters. There is a lot to see on this short trail. Be advised that the park does not allow smoking, drinking, fishing or other negative behaviors.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Beautiful woodland, meadow, lake and wetland scenery. Took our time exploring main trail around the lake with multiple additional trails through the woods. A hidden gem in Hampton Roads.

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Saturday, July 02, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Thursday, July 09, 2015