Richmond: Beaver Lake Trail

Flee summer's heat spells on this relaxing 2-mile loop around a breezy lake in Pocahontas State Park, which is just a few minutes by car from downtown.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.1



Location: 37.3862609863281, -77.5826263427734

Trailhead is located at rear of Civilian Conservation
Corps Museum; head SW to lake


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Small wooden bridge over dry creekbed


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Fishing pier on Beaver Lake; watch for waterfowl
scavenging for food Note: Beaver Lake is also named Third Branch Lake on USGS topo maps


Location: 37.3847465515137, -77.5901031494141

Small pier sits on the L; trail moves away from the lake, heading uphill


Location: 37.3828735351562, -77.5924530029297

Follow the boardwalk over a freshwater marsh pocked with clusters of sycamore trees; a wildflower haven sits ahead, featuring lots of jack-in-the-pulpits in the spring


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Reach the old mill site; turn L across the creek


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Overlook @ dam between Beaver Lake and Swift Creek; keep on main hiking trail


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Head downhill; trail joins lake edge again


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Wrap around CCC Museum and return to trailhead