Trip report

Hiking Lake Anna State Park

Hiking/Walk DATE: 07/30/2017 - 07/30/2017

Trip/Event Location: Spotsylvania, VA

Trip Leader(s): TrailGuyEric

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Come join us for a nice summer morning hike along the banks of Lake Anna.  We'll stop by an old smoke house which was part of a plantation in the 1800s.  We'll have a snack on the...
Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Use your GPS and head to 6800 Lawyers Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22551.  We'll meet at the small parking, just a 1/2 mile from the Park Office (not to be confused with the entrance gatehouse or Contact Station).

After paying your entrance fee, drive down State Park Lane towards the Park Office.  When you see the Park Office or the sign for it, drive past it about a hundred feet or so and take a left at the NEXT ROAD.  Drive down approximately 1/2 mile to the small parking lot which will be on your right (The P on the map) where Mill Pond and Turkey Run trails meet.  Look for a White Honda Accord or Light Green Subaru Forester.  Cell service is spotty in the park so trying to call if you are lost or late could be a problem.

Park Map:



Trip Report/Photos
Featured Photo

Lake Anna State Park

6800 Lawyers Rd

Spotsylvania, VA

(Sawtooth, Glenora, Big Woods, Cedar Run and Turkey Run Trails)


The weather was perfect with a nice, cool start.  The 5 of us left the parking lot a little after 9:30 a.m., and headed up Sawtooth trail, a sandy, nicely shaded trail and soon came upon a sign indicating an old sawmill had once been located.  Also prominent were the signs of an old well.  We soon moved on and came the a fork in the trails and turned left (headed south) for a mile or so and then picked up the Glenora trail and occasional glimpses of the lake through the trees.  We walked until we came upon a mid-1800s smokehouse that was part of a collection of out building associated with a long-ago plantation upon the (once was) Anna River.  Walking past the smokehouse, we came to our first rest spot upon the shores of Lake Anna with a comfortable breeze and incredible sunny skies and a nice bench to give it a rest, which we did.

We went back up to the smokehouse and doubled back a hundred yards to the split in the trail and this time began the Big Woods trail, which continued our walk occasionally come upon (closely) to the lake, crossing a couple of wooden bridges and then onto  Cedar Run trail, a somewhat windy path that took us down to the shore once again and picnic table.  While we ate our lunch, one of the members decided to get in 15 minutes of swimming along the shore.  After 30 minutes, the group packed up and resumed going back up Cedar Run Trail and picked up Turkey Run Trail away from the lake and back towards the parking lot, which took only about 20 minutes and the end of our day’s excursion.  Total trip was about 5-1/2 miles and 2 hours 45 minutes.

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Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Richmond, VA

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United States

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United States

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United States
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Gandalf Aug 1, 2017 at 7:36 PM

It was definitely a beautiful day.

TrailGuyEric Jul 31, 2017 at 9:56 AM

Trip report posted as well as pictures. Let me know if you want any HD copies of these pictures (once they get on GO they reduce the size of the pictures). Thanks for attending and I hope to have more trips posted this summer. Let me know what your preferences are (activity, times, locations, and Day (Friday, Saturday or Sunday, etc.) TrailGuyEric

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