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Lake Mercer South Loop Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

2.0 mile 3.2 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 86' 26 m
Descent: -65' -20 m
High: 255' 78 m
Low: 217' 66 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (4°)

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Trail shared by Victor Stephenson

This trail branches off of the South Run Stream Valley Trail allowing for a loop around Lake Mercer.

Victor Stephenson

Features Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife

Description

This trail branches off and then rejoins the South Run Stream Valley Trail allowing for a loop around Lake Mercer. It follows the south side of South Run stream and south side of Lake Mercer. It connects to the South Run Stream Valley Trail west of Lake Mercer and on the northeast side of Lake Mercer on top of the lake dam. The trail is paved and more than doubletrack wide. The trail is wooded, mostly flat with gentle up and downs, and a few steep inclines. Initially, the trail ascends and runs high above the stream valley but as it approaches the lake, it descends closer to the water.

Flora & Fauna

Very wooded with deciduous trees and an abundance of birds and squirrels.

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Trail Intersection: South Run Stream Valley Trail and Lake Mercer (South) Trail at north side of Lake Mercer Dam.
Oct 12, 2016 near Newington, VA
South Run Stream Valley Trail: gravel doubletrack ends and paved doubletrack begins.
Oct 12, 2016 near Newington, VA
Bridge over small stream.
Sep 20, 2016 near Burke, VA
South Run Stream Valley Trail on left. Lake Mercer (South) Trail on right crossing Lake Mercer Dam.
Oct 12, 2016 near Newington, VA
North & South Mercer Lake Loop Trails intersection. Keep left to follow South Trail. You'll return on the North Trail.
Sep 20, 2016 near Burke, VA
View of Mercer Lake looking west from top of dam.
Sep 20, 2016 near Lorton, VA

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