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Lake Anna - Sawtooth, Big Woods & Turkey Run

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A relatively easy loop with a bit of history at the Pigeon Plantation.


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4.0

Miles

6.5

KM

98%

Runnable

361' 110 m

High

255' 78 m

Low

238' 73 m

Up

240' 73 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildlife

Overview

Combining these well-marked trails will take you on a 4.0 mile run out to the Pigeon Run Plantation on Fishers Point. Birding and wildlife enthusiasts will encounter history buffs on the trails out to the remains of the Pigeon Run Plantation, an 19th century homestead bordered by Pigeon Creek.

As the trails are open to bikes and horses, you can generally run two abreast on well-maintained trails and gentle grades. If you happen to arrive late in the 'leaf-peeping' season, trails may be covered in leaves—the blazes and traffic will still make the trails easy to follow.

Need to Know

Many of the trails are combined use (biking and equestrian) and have clear rules for yielding rights of way. Trails are well marked, though blazes are somewhat worn in places. Trails can be muddy in late November, so bring appropriate footwear.

Description

Take the Sawtooth Trail at the west side of the trailhead parking area. Follow Sawtooth to the tip of the peninsula, and continue out the 0.2 mi spur to the 'historical site', where you'll find the remains of a 19th century plantation and smokehouse (Interpretive signs describe the curing process and the origins of Virginia Smoked Hams).

Return to the trail junction and turn right on Big Woods to follow the eastern peninsula shore. It will join up with Turkey Run Trail and return you to the trailhead parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Pileated Woodpeckers, white tail deer, and more.

History & Background

Pigeon Run Plantation was built in the mid 19th century. Interpretive signs at the plantation describe the history of Virginia Baked Hams.

Contacts

Land Manager: Virginia State Parks

Shared By:

Roger Grace

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winding trail
Jan 3, 2019 near Louisa, VA
Pigeon Run Plantation Smoke House and Interpretive Signs
Nov 30, 2018 near Louisa, VA

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