Beaver Pond and Panhandle Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,130' 345 m
Descent: -1,136' -346 m
High: 452' 138 m
Low: 327' 100 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“A nice loop in Occoneechee State Park starting from the horse parking area.”— Maddy Hatter
The trailhead for Beaver Pond Trail is at the far left of the parking area. Follow the green blazes taking the loop to the left. Up until this point the trail is a wide track. At the sign to start the loop, the trail becomes a singletrack, often overgrown with a fair amount of blowdown. Upon closing the loop, retrace your steps to the Beaver Pond trailhead.
From here follow the Panhandle Multi-use Trail, the trailhead for which is just past two picnic benches on the left. Follow the white blazes of the Panhandle Multi-use Trail which starts by skirting the horse parking area and exiting by a gate and the end of the horse parking area. Take the wide horse trail to the left for about 0.5 mile.
The first signpost is marked for the Panhandle Lake Loops Trail (sign may use a different name) on the right hand side of the trail. Take this trail to the right which loops around four inlets on singletrack before finishing at the main Panhandle Multi-use Trail. Although the Panhandle Multi-use Trail can be continued west to its terminus, turn left to head east, back to the horse parking area, and finishing the run.
Overall, this is an enjoyable run with much more elevation gain than you might expect for the area!
Land Manager: VA DCR - Occoneechee State Park