Today we headed to St Paul, VA to walk the Riverside Trail. It is part of the Sugar Hill Trail System. Clinch River is known for it’s freshwater mussels. The entire walk is spent walking along the river. It ends up being about 4 1/2 miles round trip. It’s a very easy trail. Flat almost all the way. A little hilly at the end. We will definitely go back to this area and check out the other couple of trails.
The trail begins at Oxbow Lake. Where it had been so cold and snowy, the lake was partially frozen. You take a dam across the lake to the trailhead. There is a lot of interesting information about the area at the trailhead. To take this particular trail, you will take the trail on the gate side. There are 2 other trails on the opposite site of the kiosk.
You eventually arrive at a split in the trail. You can continue ahead if you’d like. We also noticed that off to the right was a disc golf short-cut. But, we took the split to the left and continued along the river. Take the trail along the river to where it terminates at St Paul Falls. I was hoping we were going to see a true waterfall. But, it was just rapids. And, you don’t walk all the way to the rapids. The trail ends prior to the rapids.
Here are a few photos from today’s walk. Run your cursor over each for a brief description.
Address for GPS: 16393 Bush Place, St. Paul, VA. This is actually the address of McDonalds. You will turn off of the 4-lane onto a little road that runs beside of McDonalds. If you first want to have a picnic, after you pass McDonalds, watch for the gazebo on you right. Turn down by the gazebo and there will be a few picnic tables. Continue to the end of this road and you will see where the dam goes across the lake.