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This is one of central Virginia's most popular equestrian and mountain bike trails.

Actually a 12-mile loop in the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest, Carter Taylor Trail does have a trailhead within the state park. Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders are invited to cross both field and forest where they will experience a pleasant mix of scenery. The thin forest is comprised primarily of red oak, hickory, beech, yellow poplar, sweet gum and pine. White-tailed deer are commonly spotted especially at dawn and dusk. The observant trailblazer hears songbirds and woodpeckers.

Users should wear blaze orange during hunting season!

Directions: From Appomattox, VA, Travel 4.5 miles north on Rt. 24. Turn right on Rt. 626 and travel 2 miles to Rt. 640. Turn left onto 640 and at 0.2 mile, turn right onto Rt. 692. Park entrance is about 1.5 miles. After the contact station, turn left into the first parking area.

Elevation: 650 feet

Elevation Gain: 50 feet

Distance: 12 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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