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Bear Creek Lake State Park
22 Bear Creek Lake Road, Cumberland VA 23040
Phone: (804) 492-4410   Email Address:
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Channel Cat Interpreted Trail
Date: 11/15/2013   To  11/15/2014
Location: Several locations in the park
Description: One feature of the BCLSP trail network is the Channel Cat Trail. On this loop trail, accessible from many points on the campground side of the Park, we have placed a series of signs to acquaint you with the Park's unique piedmont environment.

 The section of Channel Cat Trail along the lake provides information on fish species and fishing techniques, and the conservation practices employed to maintain our forty acre recreational resource.

 The section from the CMT parking lot southward to the Beach parking lot interprets  how a forest grows  in Virginia's piedmont, so that you can "see the forest for the trees"

 A third section from the CMT parking northwestward back to the Lake's spillway is for your own reflections on the wonders of nature. The Park's role in the Chesapeake Bay watershed is also noted.

These sections can be walked in either direction, one part at a time, or as a loop to bring you full circle.

 The entire loop is just under two miles long and the trail is of a moderate difficulty rating. There is one shallow creek crossing and unlevel terrain, but no steep inclines.

Trail guides for all the trails in the park are available at the office.


Extra Event Fee: No
Children Allowed: Yes