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Gems in Central VA - 2

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gem Favorite Captain D (not a tugboat, but a shifter) lays in the graveyard area of the Dutch Gap Conservation Area.

The Graveyard

(2) Chester, VA
gem Favorite Stunning fall colors seen from the High Bridge on the High Bridge Trail.

High Bridge

(2) Farmville, VA

Recommended Routes in Central VA - 23

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Favorite Beaver Lake Dam
Intermediate

Old Mill Trail - Beaver Lake Trail

3.9 mi 6.2 km 238' Up 72.5 m Up 238' Down 72.55 m Down

Chester…, VA
Favorite Singletrack on Poor Creek Trail with Taylor Farm/Site of Fort Morton.
Intermediate

Petersburg Battlefield Trail

7.3 mi 11.7 km 322' Up 98.21 m Up 319' Down 97.33 m Down

Fort Lee, VA
Favorite A section of the Prince George Courthouse Road.
Easy/Intermediate

PB&J 5k Loop

3.3 mi 5.3 km 105' Up 31.94 m Up 105' Down 31.9 m Down

Fort Lee, VA
Favorite Forest Exploration Trail
Intermediate

Fendley Station Loop A

7.9 mi 12.8 km 394' Up 120.16 m Up 390' Down 118.83 m Down

Chester…, VA
Favorite Visitor center starting point!
Intermediate

Cold Harbor Battlefield

3.5 mi 5.6 km 172' Up 52.35 m Up 169' Down 51.56 m Down

Highlan…, VA
Favorite Swamp trees along the Explorer Trail.
Difficult

Radcliffe Conservation Area Loop

2.9 mi 4.7 km 197' Up 60 m Up 198' Down 60.37 m Down

Matoaca, VA
Favorite Co-Op Trail
Easy/Intermediate

CoOp Out & Back w/ Trooper Tribute Loop

4.3 mi 6.9 km 151' Up 46.05 m Up 150' Down 45.67 m Down

Chester…, VA
Favorite Ragged Mountain Reservoir Lake
Intermediate/Difficult

Ragged Mountain Reservoir Trail

6.9 mi 11.0 km 1,142' Up 348.03 m Up 1,142' Down 347.93 m Down

Charlot…, VA
Favorite Just the beginning
Difficult

James River Loop

6.8 mi 10.9 km 407' Up 123.92 m Up 405' Down 123.46 m Down

Richmond, VA

Central VA Hiking

  • 411 Miles 661 Kilometers of Trail
  • 23 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 76 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 100 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 10 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Central VA - 163

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1.1 mi 1.8 km #1Cedar Mountain Battlefield Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Merrimac, VA
Easy/Intermediate
Merrimac, VA
2.6 mi 4.2 km #2Beaver Lake Trail
Intermediate
Chesterfield, VA
Intermediate
Chesterfield, VA
3.0 mi 4.9 km #3Rivanna Trail - Quarry Park to the Woolen Mills
Intermediate
Charlottesville, VA
Intermediate
Charlottesville, VA
4.5 mi 7.3 km #4Forest Exploration Trail
Intermediate
Chesterfield, VA
Intermediate
Chesterfield, VA
0.9 mi 1.4 km #5Rivanna Trail - Azalea Park to 5th Street Ext.
Easy
Charlottesville, VA
Easy
Charlottesville, VA
4.1 mi 6.6 km #6Orange Loop
Intermediate
Timberlake, VA
Intermediate
Timberlake, VA
0.9 mi 1.4 km #7Civil War Loop
Easy
Orange, VA
Easy
Orange, VA
2.4 mi 3.9 km #8Rivanna Trail - 5th Street Ext. to Quarry Park
Easy
Charlottesville, VA
Easy
Charlottesville, VA
1.6 mi 2.6 km #9Petersburg - The Breakthrough Interpretative Trail
Intermediate
Matoaca, VA
Intermediate
Matoaca, VA
1.3 mi 2.0 km #10Green Trail
Difficult
Enon, VA
Difficult
Enon, VA

Photos of Central VA - 127

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Stunning fall colors seen from the High Bridge on the High Bridge Trail.
Apr 21, 2017 near Farmville, VA
Artillery at the Cedar Mountain Battlefield
Jan 8, 2019 near Merrimac, VA
Sunrise at the Breakthrough Battlefield
Dec 13, 2018 near Matoaca, VA
Historic railroad embankment.
Nov 16, 2016 near Petersburg, VA
A creek crossing made up of large rocks and boulders.
Jun 10, 2016 near Madison, VA
Some small obstacles.
Jan 23, 2016 near Lovingston, VA
Co-Op Trail
Apr 25, 2021 near Chester…, VA
Just the beginning
Oct 29, 2019 near Richmond, VA