Formerly known as Gold Hill, thanks to its prosperous mine, Lake Anna State Park is today one of Virginia's most beautiful recreational areas. The lake is the dominant feature but head away from the busier central areas and discover gentle streams, wild flowers and quiet picnic spots where you can while away sleepy summer afternoons when staying in Lake Anna State Park hotels.
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Best Hiking Trails in Lake Anna State Park
Book Lake Anna State Park cabins and explore one of the many fantastic trails which are waiting to be discovered in this former Virginia gold mining area.
1. Goodwin Gold Mine Loop
This fascinating hike traverses the area which was once a local gold mine in the 1800s. At nearly seven miles, moderate fitness is required to complete the loop which takes you over streams and through forests and much of the walk has excellent lake views.
2. Railroad Ford Trail
At its best between March and November, the Railroad trail is a pleasant two miles long with a small incline and suitable for most fitness levels. The route offers great views of the lake with plenty of places to stop along the way for a picnic.
3. Lake Anna Jeep Trail
This easy hike is 3.5 miles in length and, away from the parts of the route which are directly adjacent to the lake, is a very quiet and pleasant trail. Dogs are welcome so long as they are kept on a leash.
Best Family Activities in Lake Anna State Park
All the family can enjoy wonderful outdoor pursuits from swimming to picnics with Lake Anna State Park cabins. Perfect for a weekend or to escape for a special occasion Lake Anna State Park hotels offer all the necessary comforts you will need for your Virginian adventure.
During the summer months, lifeguard supervised swimming is available in the park for a small fee. Outside of these designated time, guests are permitted to swim at the beach at their own risk. Swimming in other locations away from the beach is not advised due to poor conditions.
2. Fishing and Boating
Famed for its schools of bream, largemouth brass and crappie, the lake is a wonderful place to do some fishing with the kids. There is a designated 2-acre pond designed specifically for children and the disabled which is a great for those new to the activity.
The picnic area in Lake Anna State Park comes complete with grills and restrooms for the perfect outdoor dining experience. You can also rent a shelter for the entire day as use it as your base before you cook up a deliciously grilled feast in the evening.