Beaverdam Reservoir Park Professional Review and Guide
"Incredulously, a beautiful lake surrounded by old hardwoods, teaming with wildlife, and home to such residents as the bald eagle, didn't even exist more than a dozen years ago. Before 1990, this area was mostly wetlands, open fields, woods, and a few creeks.
In 1990 an earthen dam was built through Beaverdam Swamp and the area was flooded, creating a 635-acre reservoir for the town of Gloucester's drinking water supply. The multi-use trail located at the northern end of the park at the secondary entrance on Fary's Mill Road is designed for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. So far the par, with the help of the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association, has created four loops through a thick hardwood forest along the banks of the reservoir. Each of the loops, and the many more to come, is connected by the main Beaverdam Trail."