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Mid-Lothian Mines

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A short hike around the Mid-Lothain Mines and Loch.


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2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

Loop

342' 104 m

High

271' 83 m

Low

112' 34 m

Up

113' 34 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildlife

Open dawn to dusk.

Overview

Mid-Lothian Mines is a great little 44-acre preserve. Hikers will enjoy woodlands with cut stone ruins of mines, a creek, and a pond with an old Loch.

Need to Know

There is a construction area around the Grove Shaft; watch your step as there is a narrow passing.

Description

Mid-Lothian Mines Park is a beautiful woodland park in the south of Richmond that is considered one of the first industrial areas in the US. The Mid-Lothian Mines hike is on the site of one of the original Virginia coal mines; this park has a few old buildings and facilities from 1830s era. The park has good informational displays along the trail and across the road. You can also head through the connector tunnel to another easy and open picturesque trail around a small man-made lake.

History & Background

One of the first coal mines in the area, Mid-Lothian Mines Park honors the area's past that represents the earliest systematic exploration of fossil fuel in Virginia.

Contacts

Shared By:

Omar Delgado

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Part of the trail around the pond.
Mar 9, 2016 near Brander…, VA
View of pond - total distance around the pond is almost .5 miles.
Mar 9, 2016 near Brander…, VA

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