Scheier Natural Area

Fluvanna County, Virginia 24464

Scheier Natural Area

Scheier Natural Area Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Threading through reforested pasture and cropland, the trails at Scheier Natural Area descend well-drained hillsides to a northbound creek. Rising away on tapering ridges and twice bisecting a feeder stream, they’re an example of how hydrology shapes topography in these Appalachian foothills.

The bulk of Scheier Natural Area is west of the parking area; however, a cluster of ponds, created as a fish hatchery, lies east of VA 639. Today the ponds are fringed with bullrush and home to amphibians such as frogs. A brief outand-back to reach them serves as a warm-up to your hike at Scheier, so begin by crossing the road to follow the Green Trail southeast through mixed forest."

Scheier Natural Area Trip Reports

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Today was a beautiful, cold, clear fall morning, so I decided to go check out the trails at Westmoreland State Park. I decided to hike the 3.5 mile Turkey Neck Trail, then add a loop along the Laurel Point and Rock Spring Pond trails to make a roughly 5 mile total. The temperature definitely kept visitors away from the park, and I had the trail all to myself. The trail earns its 'moderate' difficulty rating with a fairly steep set of steps leading down to the meadow, and a corresponding steep set back up. It is also slightly unfriendly to a hiker with weak or wobbly ankles -- lots of exposed roots that are hidden by thick fallen leaves at this time of year. Overall it's a very pleasant trail, and the variety of scenery is refreshing. The first glimpse of the Potomac River (over 4 miles wide here) is breathtaking. The trails are generally well marked, and the map at the trailheads is accurate. The distances listed, however, are not -- they list the Turkey Neck Trail as 2.5 miles, while Nathan Lott's guide and my pedometer both agree that it is closer to 3.5 miles. There are many reminders along the trails of just how badly this park was beaten up by Hurricane Isabel a few years ago -- many trees down, erosion to the trails in some areas, and a few places with large trees still obstructing the trail. Overall, it was a very enjoyable hike, and I highly recommend this park to anyone interested in a unique hiking experience.

Scheier Natural Area Photos

Trail Information

Fluvanna County
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
Hunting, Hiking
Additional Use
Rivanna conservation Society at (434) 589-7576.
Local Contacts
Available on park signboard and online at
Local Maps

Trail Log