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Lovely trail! It’s fairly easy, with a couple rock scrambles and inclines to keep things interesting but easy stretches in between. Definitely doable for a beginner, there were all skill levels hiking when I was there. Gorgeous overlooks onto the river, and plenty of historial interest. Only drawback was that it was too populated for any of the wildlife to be out and about, but this trail is more about the scenery.

mountain biking
11 hours ago

It is a little over 3 miles. The first mile is littered with man-made mounds which will test your skill level. The second mile is along the lake with several small streams to cross. The last mile is the home stretch along the Bell lap trail.

walking
13 hours ago

It was okay lot of people though

Great park and people. Look at my recording for the real description that I accidentally put their instead of here.

walking
1 day ago

Nice long walk

Dog walk

on Quantico Trail

1 day ago

Great exercise trail for walking, biking, or running. Would be five stars but there are no great views, just streams and woods. There are steep hills for a strenuous run, but with a good plan you can walk for a couple of miles without overworking it.

Easy, fun little hike. Gorgeous views!

hiking
2 days ago

This is a oasis park that I typically hike to from my home. Each visit represents to get away from the norms of life’s challenges. The opportunity to hike along the James River is amazing.

Very nice walk with just a bit of incline to get you excited. Probably won’t be a repeat but was still nice. To many areas of buildings and such that came into view.

Great for a toddler in the Spring.

Great trip with the dog a little hairy in some spots so be careful.

hiking
7 days ago

could be marked better but fun visit

Did about half the trail that is shown on the AllTrails website for this management area. Some previous reviews stated that they had to backtrack because they could not cross a specific Creek. I was able to do so easily due to the lack of rain that we’ve had lately. Everything was bone dry. I’m sure this is a beautiful and very scenic Trail in the spring once all the flowers and trees bloom. There were at least 4 to 5 creeks that I crossed during this hike, but the biggest one of all was by the Lily Pond, which again, would have been difficult if not impossible to cross if it had recently rained. Hard to believe but for the several hours it took me to hike this trail, I only saw two other people, and they were turkey hunters exiting the park as I was entering. I did not see another living soul for the entire hike.. I must admit that at certain times, this trail was quite challenging, Especially on the long uphill climbs. I will most certainly sleep very well tonight! :-)

A beautiful hike; those rolling hills aren’t a joke though, the 1000+ of elevation gain wore us out. There were a good number of people out today, but there’s lots of intertwining trails which helped provide a pretty relaxed and serene experience spreading everyone out. We’ll definitely come here again.

hiking
8 days ago

Due to work and timing, I was only able to make it from Colvin Mill to The Potomac, but it was a great first hike.
The trail head is easy to find if you follow the directions provided to you when you open them in google maps.

Great beach for the dogs. The trail was ok but there’s no parking near the trail so you have to walk 1 mile to get there. We didn’t do the full thing because I had a young pup that was tired and it was pretty warm. But we had a good time.

mountain biking
10 days ago

Great bike ride! We took our kids and they are not strong bikers, but had a great time. Heard the frogs, saw the woodpeckers and the swamps. A little crowded on a Saturday in March, but still room to ride. Decent elevation changes for controlled coasting and mild hill climbs.

Great hike in wooded area. Followed sounds of water and views of waterfalls. Signage got confusing at times but all ended well.

Accessed from AT Trailhead at Ashby Gap to Whitehouse trail, North Ridge trail, South Ridge Trail to AT and returned by Old Trail to make for a longer hike. Gorgeous views of Paris valley on a crisp morning. State park trails well maintained and wide-easy to hike. Initial access had moderate incline. Old AT trail nice and generally avoids open fields unlike current AT trail. This route around 8.8 miles for a good workout.

13 days ago

Love it!!

Great for dogs

walking
15 days ago

Great for those just starting out needing to exercise. The path is gravel, and clear of any bulging roots. Half of it is flat and the other has a few hills. Mostly covered by trees and follows around the lake. Three timed around it is two miles, a good little outing. Can be busy, and dogs can roam but should be kept on a leash. Make sure to stop and see their resident white duck that has been recently hanging out below the waterfall! Restrooms available too.

Outstanding views at the top! Pretty steep hike, but well worth it for the view!

Nice open beautiful views! If you are a beginner it might feel longer then the miles posted, but it's a great workout, not too overwhelming. My family and I enjoyed it very much!

Beautiful peaceful trail

Lakeview is a bike trail, so if you start on Powhatan Trail walking you have to turn back at the Lakeview Loop.

Nice trail around the lake but did not feel like more then 2 miles, and seems to be a connector trail for the campers staying at the park or an easy way to a longer bike loop trail which is misleading on the map, we had to turn back. Also not a fan of the disconnection off the trail with the street crossings.
Forest exploration and Beaver are much better trails for walking.

Loved it!! Was a little cold the day we went but will definitely do this again...when it’s warmer! Easy downhill ride from Whitetop to Damascus. Beautiful views along the river with many places to stop and take pictures.

hiking
16 days ago

Good for kids

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