Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Lancaster with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Most of the trails are wide and very noticeable but others are very narrow and look almost like a deer trail. If you're not paying attention you could get lost. There was quiet a few places to sit and rest, that was nice! I wouldn't go back in the middle of summer because I can imagine there being lots of critters you don't want to run into.

8 months ago

Nice set of trails. The map and blazing will be improved soon. The NN chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists are working on improvements. Hickory Hollow has some rare flora. If you are into geocaching, there are quite a few in the area.

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

It was okay. Forested wetland with lots of birds (and squirrels) if you're into birding. I couldn't enjoy my hike as much because of the many of mosquitoes. So bring spray!

Belle Isle state park is truly a beautiful place. There are some amazing views of the water and a ton of wildlife. We came across a huge buck, a bunny, and a bald eagle. The trail was easy to follow. We cut it a bit short cause I could tell Penny was getting tired. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because a portion of the trail was under water and we had to cut through the woods to bypass it. There were also a ton of ticks so be sure to check carefully afterwards.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Definitely very overgrown and poorly maintained in spots. There is a spot near the start of the white trail if you go right that has about 50 feet of glass on the trail. Maybe not a problem for humans in proper hiking boots but very scary for dogs. I chose to pick up and carry my 60+ lb dog over it and still worried about her feet. I'm not sure how that much glass came to be on the trail short of some deliberately dumping it there. The trail is poorly blazed at some points but it isn't so bad as to get lost though a few times I questioned if we were on the trail or a deer path until I'd see the next trail blaze. As far as trails go in Lancaster it wasn't half bad and was nice to go somewhere new though I wouldn't go in the summer, you'd get eaten alive by bugs and have to deal with snakes being hard to see. I'd prefer to stick to better maintained trails in the area but I might go back on occasion.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Not a bad trail- mostly woods. Lots of spiderwebs. Some of the trail markings are confusing

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Easy, flat trail. There were tree roots in the path but it was well cleared otherwise. To many spiders, I'm pretty sure I was totally covered in spider webs by the end. Not much to look at but trees.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hike is easy to do. Very kid friendly and beautiful views. Definitely recommend!!

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Small network of well blazed trails with some picnic spots, tree markers, and water lookouts.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Nice walk on well-blazed trails. Some elevation changes and a minor amount of water to view, but mostly wooded. Deer flies were relentless!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A nice walk down to the river. I wish it had been longer.

Monday, November 02, 2015

This was a good hike, pretty scenic. Most of the trails are improved paths because it is not great if you are looking for an adventure, but if you're looking for a nice stroll through the woods it was pretty nice. The marsh/bay looked great for canoeing so I really wanna come back and try that out.

Monday, April 20, 2015

The trails are decent; very simple. I mostly come here for the kayaking!

Friday, July 19, 2013

I am sure we will be back to do the rest of the trails but since there is so much open to the sun it will have to wait. It is in the 90's every day. I liked the little camp store.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

This is my favorite kind of trail; small but easy to follow and shaded. It joins the White Trail for over half the loop.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Very flat and wide open. Many of the trails are in the open. The river views are awesome and, like all Virginia State Parks, so are the friendly rangers.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Beautiful forest but not much else The little streams did little. But it was a beautiful day to be in the woods. The trails are very easy to follow. They run in straight lines much of the time and are well blazed.

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