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Turkey, River, and Gold Dust Trails Loop

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Powhatan State Park

Turkey, River, and Gold Dust Trails Loop is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Powhatan, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 150 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

Forest

River

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Getting There

Easy hike for the family. Has a playground, camp ground for tents along with a canoe launch. Rest rooms were extremely clean and well taken care of. The Turkey Trail is a short hike from the main road to the James River. It first traverses overgrown fields, then climbs down a gentle slope to the riverbank. Along the bank is a campground and a canoe launch. There is a large parking lot at the trailhead. The entrance fee for the park is currently $5.00 per car. Powhatan State Park was the vision of many in the Powhatan County community and several members of the general assembly. In 2003, 1,564 acres were transferred from the Department of Juvenile Justice to the Department of Conservation and Recreation for the development of a park. You'll find Powhatan State Park in the northwest corner of Powhatan County on the historic James River. The park has diverse wildlife habitat, from open fields to upland hardwood forests. Guests can use the park's car-top boat slide to get in the river. Other amenities, including a canoe-in campground, multi-use trails and wildlife observation areas, are being developed.

Restrooms: All are accessible. Playground: The playground has a disabled swing set, transfer platform on the climbing structure and sidewalk leading to the area from a parking lot. Shelters: Extended picnic tables, a gravel walkway leading from parking lot to shelter and a smooth concrete floor. Parking: Designated parking areas are near the shelters, office, restrooms and contact station.

Powhatan State Park, 4616 Powhatan State Park Road, Powhatan VA 23139 (Because the park is still under development, GPS units may not show its address. Use the directions above to find your way.) Phone, 804-598-7148; email powhatan@dcr.virginia.gov. Learn more about park offerings by calling 1-800-933-PARK or emailing resvs. Be sure to specify the park of interest.

From Interstate 95 north of Richmond: Take Interstate 64 west to Route 288 south to Route 711 west (Huguenot Trail). Stay on 711 for about 13 miles until reaching Rt. 522 (Maidens Rd.). Turn right there and drive about 4 miles to Route 617 west (Old River Trail). Turn left and go about 1.5 miles to the park entrance on the right. From 64 west of Richmond: Take Route 288 south to Route 711 west (Huguenot Trail). Stay on 711 for about 13 miles until reaching Rt. 522 (Maidens Rd.). Turn right there and drive about 4 miles to Route 617 west (Old River Trail). Turn left and go about 1.5 miles to the park entrance on the right. From 64 east of Richmond: Take Interstate 64 west through Richmond to Route 288 south and exit onto Route 711 west (Huguenot Trail). Stay on 711 for about 13 miles until reaching Rt. 522 (Maidens Rd.). Turn right there and drive about 4 miles to Route 617 west (Old River Trail). Turn left and go about 1.5 miles to the park entrance on the right. From Interstate 95 south of Richmond: Take Interstate Route 288 north to Route 60 west. At Route 522 north, turn right (Maidens Road) and go about 7 miles to Route 617 west (Old River Trail). Turn left on Old River Trail and drive about 1.5 miles to the park entrance on the right.

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Jessi S.
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Hiking

Nice and wide trail with plenty of signage. Views of the James along the way. I saw a deer run away from me and plenty of butterflies. Extremely hot day in August

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Matt Adkins
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Hiking

Pretty and mostly secluded feel on an average weekday in the early summer. Not too many people out. First pet of the loop follows the edge of the forest around a grassy meadow with rolling hills- this part is only partially shady so it can get hot in midday sun. River trail passes by small campground in the woods; nice spots to sit and overlook the river, although there are no real epic views to speak of. The payoff for me, though, is the gold dust trail that goes uphill from the river (presuming you are going clockwise) through the woods along a small creek. There is a spot in there that is stunningly beautiful especially if the light is dramatic— trees are very tall and the canopy is very high along the creek. Easy hike for two kids (2 and 6) and not challenging for them other than the length.

Andy Gibson
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Andy Gibson
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Mountain biking

River Trail

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Andy Gibson
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Mountain biking

Kennedy’s second mountain bike ride

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Jen Makulowich
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Hiking

Great little hike. Easy, well-maintained path. Not too busy mid-day on a beautiful Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Park in the Equestrian lot and enter the Turkey Trail. Part of the River Trail was flooded over so we had to turn around, but still got 2.5+ miles in.

C H
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The meadows were a nice surprise and offered scenic variation! Lovely park!

Jared White
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Allison Renee
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Went after it had rained the previous day so we were expecting the mud.

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Karen M o r ris
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Hiking

Very nice trail. Went on a cool day but still lots of shade if needed. Lovely hike beside the river. Lots of children seen on hike. My 8 year old loved it. Easy hike. Saw signs of animals but non seen.

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Cindy Spain
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Hiking

Wonderful friendly neighborhood hike!

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Matt Hartwick
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Hiking

Very busy

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Brian Brooks
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Hiking

Great trail. Well maintained. Completed on Jan. 1,2020 as part of the First Day Hikes program.

Heather Herrick
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Hiking

Great trails, well maintained. November was perfect timing to avoid bugs and we didn’t encounter many people at all. Saw some wildlife, and had a shirt picnic near the river.

Mary Cascio
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Hiking

the River trail is easy and a nice way to see the historic James River. Lovely fall day. the dog loved the wide trails. well maintained. easy parking. connects to other trails.

Hugh Borchers
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Hiking

Two great easy trails that are connected. Water access to launch canoes or rafts, camping along the trail, mostly shaded, some hills, overall a good trail.

Michael Brown
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Hiking

Walked it with my 7 year old daughter. The trail has a mix of open field and fairly open hard-wood. It leads to a small opening in the woods to view a section of the James River. Hiked it the first week of September, we won't do that again. Very little available breeze to give relief from the humidity. Despite repellant I fought off what seemed like 100#'s of mosquitoes. This is a mid fall to winter only trail for me. Not a bad local hike. Short and easy.

Ed Deale
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Hiking

Good hike with the dogs. Not too crowded.

Angie Loftis
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Went today for the first time and saw a baby fawn as well as lots of beautiful birds, wildflowers and butterflies. Trails are well maintained. $4 fee at the gate.

Tracey Woolard
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Hiking

Really enjoyed this hike. Kids saw various animal tracks and heard many wildlife sounds. Trails are well marked. Restrooms were maintained.

Al Cormier
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Hiking

We actually hiked a combination of the Gold Dust, River, and Turkey trails. The Gold Dust is the only trail in the park that is rated "Moderate", though compared with some of the other "Moderate" trails in the State Park System, I would rate it "marginally Moderate". It is also the only single-use trail (hiking only). Though the weather was a little warm for the time of year, we had a very enjoyable hike. The views of the James River were nice, and the trail was wide and clear. We did notice some blazes, but they were spotty. I can only hope this is because the park is relatively new, and blazing is a work in progress.

Elena Tate
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Hiking

Nice leg stretcher

Melissa Burgio
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First to Review

Great trails for all levels!!! Good for hiking and biking!

Kelly Klocke
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Carla Richardson
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Jennifer Previtera
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Megan Countiss
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Joan Staub
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Thomas Maloney
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