Sherando Lake Loop Trail is a 1.2 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles
98 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly




nature trips

paddle sports







wild flowers


Stocked trout fishing is available. There is a fee to park.

29 days ago

we walked a combo of the west half the lake loop to where it meets the cliff walk, then up the cliff walk southward. maybe 2 miles total or less. the cliff walk north would have been easier. we had to scramble over some rocks in spots. our German Shepherd didn't like it either but it was only for about 1/4 mile. nice lake views on Oct 16 2018. leaves were Stillwater green. trail a little wet and rocky.

9 months ago

Cool short hike. We went 1/21/18 the lake was still frozen. Stocked trout fishing available (requires special license) several ppl fishing. I’m not 100% sure what trail we took. I think we did Lake loop on one side and the Cliff/overlook on the other. Some elevation on the overlook side but no spectacular view (no actual “overlook” or “cliff”) overall it was a fun loop. Dogs were allowed on leashes. Moderately trafficked for January. Park was closed and no payment required to get to where we hiked.

11 months ago

Nice little back yard treasure

Monday, August 14, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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

Sunday, July 09, 2017

I paid $4 for access to the beautiful mountain lake and recreation area in the George Washington National Forest not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway. I parked in the smaller and much quieter lot on the northern end of the lake, away from everyone recreating on the opposite side. I enjoyed the scenic and easy 1.3 mile loop that travels mostly along the water's edge. There are additional trails that allow you to extend the length and difficulty of the hike by going up into the surrounding hills.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Nice easy trail around the beautiful Sherando Lake.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Great trail! Had a lot of fun and great views.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 22, 2013

We come up here almost every year. It is a wonderful place. Sherando Lake and
the surroundings are part of George Washington National Forest. The trails are beautiful, but the lake is the shining jewel. Sherando Lake is like a swiming pool in the summer. Even though it is a mountain lake, it is shallow and heated by the sun.

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