Lake Ballard Trail

EASY 18 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.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
49 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

hiking

nature trips

walking

whitewater kayaking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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.

3 months ago

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.

5 months ago

10 months ago

No jogging allowed.

10 months ago

Sign at the entrance that says no jogging

Saturday, July 02, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

walking
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.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, May 17, 2013

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

hiking
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.

walking
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.