This trail, approximately 0.6 of a mile long, is one of the Kids in Parks Track Trails. Brochures with a variety of activities for children can be found at the trailhead. This trail also goes by the Civilian Conservation Corps’ (CCC) rock quarry which supplied many of the rocks used to construct the park’s buildings, curbs and walls during The Great Depression. Rock exposed by quarrying and erosion offer insights to the area’s unique geologic past. Dragonflies and frogs now take advantage of the small pond formed as a result of rock quarrying.
The Pond Trail is an easy 1.25 mile trail. The path is nearly a loop, it begins at the display case on the western side of the beach parking lot and ends near the picnic shelter #9. Hikers will enjoy glimpses of the lake while walking thru Loblolly Pine forests, hardwood forests, an old field and past 3 ponds. A long boardwalk traverses a wetland teaming with Buttonbush, Black Needle Rush and other water-loving vegetation. A Track Trail has been set up on this trail for self guided family nature hikes.
You can get a feel for the Swamp without getting your feet wet! The Boardwalk offers a surprising amount of wildlife, including frogs, turtles, snakes, birds, and even the occasional bear or bobcat. Learn more about plants and wildlife you see from the interpretive panels found along the loop.
The Dismal Swamp State Park TRACK Trail also follows the Swamp Boardwalk, an accessible half-mile loop.
The Kerr Lake State Recreation Area TRACK Trail is a 0.75 mile hike one-way (1.5 mile round-trip) through a mixed hardwood and pine tree forest along the edge of Kerr Lake. The trail features interpretive signs.
This section of the Snow's Cut Trail is designated as a self-guided trail for kids. Activity brochures may be found at the picnic area trailhead and at the family campground trail access near campsite #20.
This moderate one mile trail begins on the east side of the park and traverses along side of the ridge above the river. The view is mostly of the contours of the land. This trail crosses the road and follows through a forest of Montane Oak, Hickory, Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron. It connects to the Campground Spur Trail. To get your TRACK Trail adventures, please visit the trailhead kiosk located just outside the entrance of the Park’s Visitor Center.
Short, ¾ mile loop that starts at the Picnic Shelter and follows Little Fishing Creek and exits into the large field near the Picnic Area.
The Medoc Mountain State Park TRACK Trail follows the Stream Loop Trail, an easy loop through a mixed hardwood forest, along a creek and through an open field.
River Trail is an easy foot trail along Jacob Fork River. The Kid's Track Trail kiosk is located at the east end of River Trail with self-guided brochures. River Trail is 0.5mile and connects Cicero Branch parking area and Jacob Fork parking area. Bikes are not permitted on River Trail.
The trail is a flat, easy trek through riparian forest adjacent to Paddy's Creek.
The Lake James State Park TRACK Trail adventures (see kiosk at trailhead parking area) were designed for use on the Holly Discovery Trail, but they can be used anywhere within the park trail system. Be sure to check out the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, which can be accessed 150 yards south of the Holly Discovery Trail parking area.
A short loop includes the feature for which the trail is named as a highlight. The trail crosses a small stream, Sal’s Branch, at two points along the route. Stonework including a check dam and culvert are signs of early projects to restore the land and build a park. This is also the park’s TRACK Trail.