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A favorite fall hike due to the yellow poplar and red maples. Spring hikers will enjoy seeing may apples and spring beauty perennials.

This 2.5-mile red / white-blazed trail begins shortly after entering the park. The trail follows a ridge branching into one large and one small loop near the shore of Swift Creek Lake. The change in elevation offers the hiker some variety but this trail is still considered easy. Deer, turkey and pileated woodpeckers call this American holly tree forest home.

Directions: From Richmond, VA, Pocahontas State Park is in Chesterfield County, about 20 miles south of Richmond. From I-95, take Exit 61 and go west on Route 10 to Route 655, Beach Road; or take Exit 67, go north on Route 150 to Route 10; go east to Beach Road. The park is four miles on right; or take Route 288 from I-95 to Route 10 East and go one mile to Beach Road. Follow Beach Road to the park entrance. Turn right into the first parking area and the trailhead is located there.

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Distance: 2.2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

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Pocahontas State Park, Virginia

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