Sherando Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Sherando Lake Loop Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lyndhurst, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
114 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

1 month ago

Nice little back yard treasure

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty lake. The trail isn't anything special. Short and loops around the lake. Very small incline at one point. Branches off to an overlook if you want, but the ranger said it hadn't been cut back and likely had no view. Costs $8 per vehicle to enter the park.

Bunch of snakes in the area. Saw a few in the water and one on the trail.

And to be clear, this is only for hiking and maybe mountain biking. It is NOT for off-road vehicles like the description says. Not allowed per the ranger anywhere on the park.

hiking
6 months ago

I enjoyed this easy and scenic loop around the beautiful mountain lake, even on a crowded pre-July 4th visit.

camping
7 months ago

Nice easy trail around the beautiful Sherando Lake.

backpacking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Cool small trail, was really only about 1.3 miles not 2. Good for kids. It is at a park they charged $4.00 for one person to get into the park. No foot traffic on the trail but tons of people in the park during mid October.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

We went to the trail on 9/4/16. The trail was closed and blocked with a gate. It cost $6 to get into the National Park. I only gave it a one star since it was closed.

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

I did two loops around the lake. First loop was short and easy. I started the Lakeside Trail from the right up to Overlook Rock Trail, completing the loop by taking the Cliff Trail. Second loop was moderate and long. I took the Lakeside Trail on the left and continued onto the Yellow Trail, up to the Torry Ridge Trail, then the Blue Loop Trail, and onto the FDR 91 for a total distance of 6 miles and elevation of 1430 ft. The second part was more challenging because the high elevation and longer distance. Overall it was a good hike and I enjoyed it.

hiking
Sunday, January 24, 2016

We come here a couple times each year. There are all levels of hiking. The beautiful mountain lake is shallow so it is warmed by the sun. There is fishing, canoeing, picnicking, or just laying on the beach. We stay in nearby cabins but Sherando Lake offers campsites for both the canvas and the aluminum folks.

hiking
Saturday, December 05, 2015

I have hiked the trails at Sherando Lake many times over the years and never seem to tire of it.

paddle sports
Saturday, December 05, 2015

Done this almost every year but this was a first from a canoe.

paddle sports
Friday, December 04, 2015

I have done this beautiful hike several times. The first time this year was in April. If you want to see the lake from a different veiw, you can rent canoes and kayaks from Cabin Creekwood in Lyndhurst.

hiking
Friday, December 04, 2015

This is a beautiful trail around a beautiful lake. I have been coming up here for years and am still in love with it. The lake is shallow, (rarely over 5 feet deep) so it stays warm all summer. The last time I was here was in early August and I did the hike around the lake again.

hiking
Thursday, August 14, 2014

From the two beautiful mountain lakes to the more remote trails, this is a beautiful place to hike, swim, fish, canoe, relax, or take pictures. There are a wide variety of trails from the gentle Upper Sherando Lake Loop to the strenuous 7 mile, rocky Torrey Ridge Trail. My favorite was . . . . . . all of them! But if I had to choose one it might be the Sherando Lake Loop. Unlike the level upper lake loop, it does bounce up and down a few feet with one big hill and some of the views are incredible. An optional addition to this trail is to take the steep trail up to the top of the rock slide.

hiking
Monday, August 11, 2014

The lake has four distinct areas: swimming, canoeing, fishing, and the picnic area. The beautiful trail around the lake is gentle most of the way but it does shoot up near the dam. If you hike around clockwise, you can see the dam up ahead, so you may wonder why it is taking you so high in the air???? The reason is that there are high cliffs on that side of the dam so you go a way past it and then zig-zag down. If you want to avoid all but 10-20 foot gentle vertical, go around counter clockwise and turn around at the dam. My pictures are a little dark because it was a dark, rainy day but still beautiful.

hiking
Sunday, August 10, 2014

Swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking, or just plain relaxing in a beautiful spot. These lakes have it all. Make sure you come on a weekday if you are visiting in the summer. The secret is out and you may find it too busy for your liking on the weekend.

hiking
Sunday, August 10, 2014

This is a pretty little mountain lake with an easy trail going around it. The only elevation change is the 50 foot high earthen dam that you go up on one side and down the other.

hiking
4 months ago

Saturday, October 15, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

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