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Lake Anna State Park
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"Gold Hill"

Lake Anna State Park

About "Gold Hill"

Lake Anna State Park is 2,304 acres with 8.5 miles of lake frontage. The land in Lake Anna State Park used to be known as "Gold Hill" and contained the Goodwin Gold Mine. Gold was first discovered in 1829 with mining reaching its peak in the 1880s. The last gold to be found in the area was in a zinc mine during the 1940s. In 1971 Lake Anna was created to serve as a water coolant for Virginia Power's nuclear plant. In 1972 work began on the acquisition and development of a water oriented state park. Lake Anna State Park opened in 1983.

While boating and fishing on this beautiful lake are major attractions, these are only some of the park's offerings. Lakefront picnic areas and wooded hiking trails are also popular. Lake Anna State Park has thirteen miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, a guarded swimming beach, a boat ramp, a food concession stand, a bathhouse and a children's and handicapped fishing pond. On summer weekends, interpretive programs on the nature and history of the area complement exhibits and displays in the visitor center. 

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Walk the Old Pond Trail

Old Pond Trail is a very easy 0.2 mile loop walk around the pond offering the visitor 9 different learning stations explaining various ecological activity. A very special feature about this trail is that it offers children's fishing (15 years and under) and handicapped fishing stations. They are quite lovely and some provide covered roof structures making this a nice outing rain or shine. The setting is pristine, highlighting the clean lake and well-kept park facilities. It is conveniently located, offering a swimming beach, concession, educational exhibits, pay phone and access to lengthier trails./ Source: Wildernet.com