Powhatan Wildlife Management Area Trails is a 10.2 mile point-to-point located near Powhatan, Virginia and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Once part of several farms, this gently rolling upland is well drained by several small streams that slowly make there way to Sallee Creek. Sallee Creek traverses the area northward on its way to the James River. Due to the past farming use of the area, and some of the current wildlife management practices of burning and disking, much of the area is in open fields. These openings, along with mature and newly emerging forests assure a diversity of wildlife cover types. The area's acreage is contiguous although divided by Route 60 and has one privately owned interior property. Water on the area includes, four "farm" ponds and the twin Powhatan Lakes along with numerous beaver ponds and marshes along Sallee Creek. A small waterfowl impoundment exists just east of the crossing of Salmon Creek and the CCC trail. Elevations on the area range from 200 to 350 feet.
(From the http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wmas site description)
There are essentially two types of trails:
- Out and Back: Fescue Trail (runs E/W), CCC Trail (runs N/S)
- Connecting: Arrowhead Trail (runs E/W), Dogwood Trail (runs (E/W), Powerline Trail (runs N/S)
There are other trails, but these are the main trails running through the WMA. a loop can be created by combining several different trails to return to your point of origin.
Example: Powerline to Red Oak, Red Oak to White Oak, White Oak to Dogwood, Dogwood to Arrowhead, Arrowhead back to Red Oak, and Red Oak to Powerline back to the parking area off Route 601
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