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Best Easy Day Hikes: Richmond, Virginia
by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)
This hike explores a wetland/lake deep in the heart of Pocahontas State Park. Trailside scenery includes watery vistas from two observation piers, rolling woods, a wetland boardwalk, and the site of an old mill along Third Branch. You can also visit the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum located at the trailhead.Pocahontas State Park is the premier state park destination in the greater Richmond area. Interestingly, the nearly 8,000-acre state park was known as Swift Creek Recreation Area when originally developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Later, the State of Virginia took over the preserve. It was renamed Pocahontas State Park on the suggestion of a student winner of a contest renaming the park.
Great quick day hike. The leaves were changing and the views were great. Many streams and a beautiful lake to see.
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