Waller Mill Reservoir & Tower Trail [CLOSED]

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Waller Mill Park

Waller Mill Reservoir & Tower Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Williamsburg, 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.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 134 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

road biking


bird watching





wild flowers




Please note that all trails are currently closed due to COVID 19. Most of the loop is along the water. Be prepared for a lot of steep inclines and declines. Note: There is a $2 parking fee. The reservoir also offers paddle boarding and canoeing opportunities!

1 month ago

Little confusing as quite a few different trails. But beautiful and well maintained

1 month ago

Great trail! If you go to the location provided through this app the parking lot it closed. Found a bike trail that was about 1 mile to get to the Tower trail. Took the pup and she had a great time. Great views and well kept. Solid day out on this trail.

5 months ago

We took our kids (teenagers) on this trail. They loved it. The leaves make it a little slick. But overall a great trail with great views.

6 months ago

Love it for a good morning, scenic hike. Had some ups and downs like other reviews mentioned but nothing too difficult. Does have a lot of roots on the trail so if you have some high top shoes I’d recommend. The views are beautiful in the fall and they even have a little dog park up front!

6 months ago

This was a great trail in an terrific park. The trail is well marked. You can't get lost here even without a map. Beautiful forest and water views throughout. There were several uphills which makes it for bit more of a challenge. There are lots of tree roots so watch your floor. At a bit under 3 miles, the hike should be considered 'easy' or perhaps very light 'moderate'. All in all, a great experience!

8 months ago

A fairly short loop on a peninsula with beautiful views, good for a moderate hike or trail run

8 months ago

A comfortable stroll. Not strenuous at all.

9 months ago

Several trails to choose from. lots of bugs, but definitely recommend

10 months ago

Pleasant, woodsy trail near a lake. Some scenery, but not a lot.

Thu Dec 27 2018

Very enjoyable and scenic. We were able to keep a great pace while taking in the views. Loved it!

Thu Oct 25 2018

This trek is short (2.7 mi.) and moderate that traverses along the Waller Mill Lake shore line. It runs through some dense woods with both hardwoods and pines. It was an enjoyable hike.

Wed Aug 15 2018

it was nice not hard my kids were able to do it the youngest 9 oldest 16 no issues pack a light lunch and enjoy lots of roots not bad for $2 per car

Thu Jul 26 2018

Great for hiking or rucking. Clearly posted signs with multiple trails.

Sat Jul 07 2018

Nice trail with good path and scenery.

Wed Mar 07 2018

Terrific! Beautiful views, a great path surface, and a bit of elevation change every once in a while to keep you honest. This is a walk/hike that provides you with great water views as you walk in a forested area; a rare combination!

Mon Jan 15 2018

Pretty easy walk, a lot of ups and downs. $2 park fee, make sure you go to the building by the water to pay before you go to leave.

Sun Oct 01 2017

Very nice trail and matches description.

Thu Sep 14 2017

This was an awesome trail in an awesome park. Beautiful forest and lake views. The trail was wide and well marked. No getting lost here even without a map. There are lots of tree roots so watch your footing. There were plenty of climbs which I was excited about as I was looking for more of a challenge. And of course it was awesome that the pup got to go swimming. There is a $2 parking fee... just an FYI. There's also lots to do at the park.

Mon Sep 04 2017

Short hike with easy elevations just watch for all the tree roots.

Mon Jul 31 2017

Great to run, but watch out for the roots. The view from the lookout is beautiful.

paddle sports
Mon Jul 10 2017

Great place! Could be a bit more organized for rentals but the price is right! Enjoyed canoeing and paddle boarding with the family.

Tue Jul 04 2017

Nice trail with good views of the reservoir. Several low hills make this an interesting walk. Be aware there is a$2 fee to get in the park.

Sun Jun 18 2017

Hit this trail, early this morning, after it stormed all night. Trail is a combination of roots, sand, and leaves. All that '70s quicksand training paid off. The second I hit that wet sand I thought I was a goner, but I slide all the way across to the hard land, and caught myself. Praise Be 1970s TV! It saved my life! Otherwise, one of my favorite trails and I go often but I don't run it. I trip over air.

Sun May 28 2017

We hiked the lookout trail on a Sunday morning and saw no one else on the trail. The trail is over the forest bed, with lots of roots, and with several minor accents and descents into and out of gullies. Bathrooms are near the boat house. Parking is off of Airport Road, with $2 charge.

Thu May 18 2017

Beautiful walking trail near the lake.

Mon Mar 27 2017

Great little trail close to home. I would rate it easy.

Sat Mar 18 2017

Easy, nice and quiet.

Mon Feb 20 2017

I would rate this Trail as moderate for beginners. For those of us who are more seasoned it's nothing too difficult. Multiple inclines and declines. The park map says it's a 2.9 mile trail however I wasn't able to record the walk so I'm not 100% sure how accurate it is. All in all a good trail lightly trafficked. Dogs must be on a leash and picked up after. No biking on this trail. There was a little bit of trash by the tower myself and a friend picked up a lot of it.

Mon Oct 10 2016

Fun trail run or hike. Connector from parking is paved but loop itself is good dirt trail for running. Nice views and elevation changes.

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