Watch House Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lancaster, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 9 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



Directions from Lancaster, VA: Take Rt. 3 west to Rt. 354 south then turn right onto Rt. 683 to the park entrance. Continue on the main park road to the park office. Trail begins beside the park office.

1 month ago

Very flat, a service road the entire way to the river. May be great for exercise but not the most ideal for nature lovers. Some swampy areas that are beautiful but mostly service road.

Sat Nov 04 2017

Mosquito heaven, but the views of the wetlands and the Rappahannock River are great. The corn fields, not so much. If you're into migratory birds, you'll see plenty here. Bring the bug spray.

bike touring
2 months ago