Jonathan arrived at the Lake Anna State Park campground (site #35) on Friday evening to attend a series of kayaking classes sponsored by the Chesapeake Paddlers Association. Kathy and Jim arrived on Saturday afternoon about 5:20pm.
Following Kathy and Jim's arrival, Jonathan spent some time recovering in camp from his long day of “wet exits” and kayak re-boardings. Meanwhile, Kathy and Jim explored the Lake Anna Marina area. The yellow dotted line above shows the route of our 3-mile walk.
The public restrooms near the marina
A very nice electronic information kiosk stands near the Visitor Center
The Visitor Center building, which had not yet opened for the season
The day is cool, with rains yet to come
The sandy wading and swimming beach near the marina
The beach rules and regs
The well-maintained concession area was likewise not yet open for the season
The lake offers excellent fishing opportunities
As we hiked the Fisherman's Trail, we noticed this fresh beaver project
Later, we came upon a large group of search and rescue personnel conducting a drill near the Fisherman's Trail picnic area
Equipment included an impressive radio antenna array, powered by gasoline generators
The Civil Air Patrol was among the groups participating in the drill
On the return leg of our hike, we spotted a family of birds enjoying this luxery condo
A satellite view of Saturday's walk
Before returning, we covered just over 3 miles, with elevation gains and losses totaling about 840 feet
Earlier in the day, Jonathan took photos of the CPA camping area on the grounds of a private residence located on the western shore of Lake Anna
Most of the class participatants were sheltered in this tent cirty
An impressive array of participant kayaks
Most of the kayaks were of the large, sea-going variety
After a night of rain (heavy at times) the weather cleared on Sunday morning
Under sunny skies, Jon returned to the CPA event while Kathy and Jim hiked more of the nearby trails. Our route is shown above by the red dotted line.
The end of the green-blazed Glenora Trail offers a beautiful view of Lake Anna that we shared with a family of mountain bikers
Kathy pauses as we return northward
An old smokehouse exhibit near the Big Trees trail intersection
For time reasons, we decide to forego the Cedar Run loop and instead, turned north from the Big Woods Trail onto the Turkey Run Trail
On the Sawtooth Trail, we came upon the former site of a local sawmill
The state park trails are wide, well-maintained, and easy to follow. The Sawtooth Trail even includes a newly-installed fitness course.
A satellite view of Sunday's hike
During our 2½ hour walk, we covered about 5 miles, with 965 feet of elevation gains and losses
We broke camp just after 2:00pm, then departed the park at 2:15pm for the 1½ hour drive home