60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Richmond
by Nathan Lott (Menasha Ridge Press)
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I got the month and year correct but just picked a random day because it has been over a year since our hike. We went hiking at Ragged Mountain during the first weekend the new reservoir trail was open. The trail was not yet well developed and ‘cut in’ to the side of the mountain. Recent snow had finally melted and the ground was saturated making several places on the trail unstable and slippery. We chose this location specifically to see the old sluice that had been mentioned in the guide book “60 Trails Within 60 Miles of Richmond” but we never did find the sluice. We questioned a few of the local hikers that were on the trail, none of them had ever heard of the sluice. We gave up looking for the sluice and decided to enjoy the scenery, but it was a bit disappointing too. Being February we did not expect much flora to enjoy but there were also no signs of fauna to be seen. My impression is that it is a good hike in the woods for exercise, but not worth the trouble if you are hoping for anything more.
Trail is combination of hiking/self guided nature, and bike trail system. The marking system is very confusing, maps are not helpful. I kept making right turns knowing I would come out somewhere. Ends up that I did majority of trails! Toilet is available at entrance but it is horrible. I emaile New Kent parks about issues and offered suggestions for improvements. I will hike there again since it is close and offers good environment to try out new equipment.
Markers are confusing, lovely woods and more extensive than it looks from the road. Full of chiggers and ticks this time of year--take your DEET!
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