Pocahontas State Park Trail

MODERATE 53 reviews
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Pocahontas State Park Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chesterfield, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
531 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

paddle sports

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The park has a sizable network of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Just 20 miles from downtown Richmond, the capital of Virginia, Pocahontas State Park has been one of the more popular parks in the state park system. Swift Creek forms the nucleus of the park, which is centered in a wildlife management area.Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), this was the first recreational park in the Richmond-Petersburg-Hopewell area. The National Park Service donated the facility to Virginia State Parks in 1946, making it the largest Virginia state parks with more than 7,600 acres and two small lakes. The area was renamed Pocahontas State Park and Pocahontas State Forest and was operated under a cooperative management arrangement with the Department of Forestry. In 1989 a new master plan, funded jointly by the Commonwealth of Virginia and Chesterfield County, called for expansion of park facilities to accommodate the large urban population surrounding the park.

10 months ago

I hiked the Beaver Lake Trail 2.47 miles. Moderate and beautiful views of the lake.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Good Sunday afternoon trail.

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Nice hike, not much traffic, great views of Swift Creek Lake. Trail marks are a little confusing at the beginning.

camping
Saturday, February 27, 2016

I saw dark star orchestra here and they allowed the group to camp for two days. It was so much fun. I hope to do it again!

hiking
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hiked the Beaver Lake Trail today (a little under 3 miles) and it was a great little hike for my 7 month pregnant self. Not too many hills or strenuous stretches and a clearly marked loop from the Nature Center.

hiking
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Great hiking trail! Went on Bright Hope trail, which was about 5 miles. Super fun and clearly marked. Went on a Sunday at 12 and ran into 3 runners, 5 bikers, and 7 horseback riders. Would definitely recommend this trail!!

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Lots of room and easy access for all.
Kid loved it.

paddle sports
Monday, December 14, 2015

Great Park to visit.

hiking
Tuesday, December 01, 2015

The trails are more work here than the flatter coastal parks, but I loved it.

hiking
Monday, September 07, 2015

We did the beaver lake trail about 2 miles with an all terrain stroller. Super nice but next time I will definitely wear the baby in a carrier.

hiking
Sunday, July 27, 2014

Completed the Old Mill trail today. Beautiful scenery and the nature center is interesting as well. Would highly recommend visiting this park.

trail running
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Did this park during a mud run and loved it. There seems to be a bunch more trails then just the ones we actually did and plenty of beautiful scenery.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Great place to get into the woods and away from the suburbs or the city. Very big state park and lots of trails.

mountain biking
Sunday, August 25, 2013

This park was my second and third time mountain biking, and this trail is perfect for all skill levels. There are a multitude of obstacles to tackle to include logs, ditches, and areas that require some tight manuevering. Even on the less technical trails, for those that enjoy a good brush with drawing blood and / or causing serious harm to yourself, you can really open it up and catch some serious speed and have a few close calls with the trees. Third time we went out here we actually found a double black diamond that had monster drops into ditches, logs disigned to balance across, and even see saws. The possibilities are endless at this park, and anyone close to this area should seriously consider adding this to your to do list.

hiking
Thursday, July 11, 2013

WOW! What a great park. We will definitely return. The trails east of here are flat but the trails here at Pocahontas are not shy about going up and down. Most of the trails in the park are rated intermediate but you can find easy or difficult if you want.

hiking
Thursday, July 11, 2013

I love this park! Most Virginia State Parks are fantastic, but this one is super. Most of the trails are well maintained. There is a great variety of terrain and scenery. All of the rangers are friendly. If you get bored of hiking though a beautiful forest, there are a lot of other activities.

hiking
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Camping in this park is very comfortable given the areas population and close proximity to a major city. Entertainment a plus, great atmosphere and friendly staff. Pool is a car ride from camping area but Great for kids.

hiking
Friday, May 17, 2013

There is more than 10 miles of trails. Also as far as I know this park is accessible year round.

hiking
Saturday, April 20, 2013

The address is wrong. I used this app to go there and that address is someone's driveway

hiking
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

great trail for hiking, and running. The trail park map though isn't accurate

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