More Meck Moments – Southern VA Trails

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Looking to get away? You can’t get much further from your cares than setting down a beautiful rails-to-trails path or paddling out on miles and miles of scenic and wild waterways! Read on to find your next Southern Virginia hiking or paddling paradise. 


This moderate to advanced 7-mile long one-way trail offers various terrain and beautiful lakeside views of Kerr Lake (Virginia’s Largest Lake). Two trailheads exist, the one on Greenwood Road offers a short hike to the Robert Munford Grave historic site. Robert Munford was an influential land-owner in Mecklenburg County in the late 1700s. While politically active, he was best known for penning what are accepted to be the first two comedic plays written in the New World. It is also believed that the popular cocktail, the mint julep, got its iconic name from a 1770 play, The Candidates, written by our very own Robert Munford. CHEERS!


This secluded 15-mile (round-trip) multi-use trail is the perfect way to enjoy beautiful and unobstructed lakeside views. Many opportunities for wildlife viewing and birding exist and is also one of the 17 Wildlife Management Areas found within Mecklenburg County. Found within Occoneechee State Park, Mecklenburg County’s only Virginia State Park, the Panhandle Trail is a well kept secret among outdoor enthusiasts. After a long day exploring the miles of trails, take advantage of Occoneechee State Park’s many cabins or campsites available for rent year-round!


Perhaps the most well-known trail system in Mecklenburg County. This multi-use trail system is an ongoing rails-to-trails effort years in the making and is adding new sections all the time! The trail is made from old and abandoned rail sections of the former Norfolk-Southern rail line that snaked throughout Southern Virginia. Trail sections can be found throughout Mecklenburg County with the longest contiguous section extending from Brodnax (Mecklenburg County) 15 miles east into the Town of Lawrenceville (Brunswick County). Plan your next hiking, biking, or equestrian trip today by visiting 


Perhaps the newest and oldest trail in Mecklenburg, the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway has made a splash with locals and visitors! Consisting of three rivers -the Dan, the Staunton (or Roanoke) and the Bannister – and two lakes – Kerr/Bugg’s Island and Lake Gaston- the Blueway extends from our neighbor Halifax County east into Mecklenburg. Unspoiled terrain and wildlife provide a feeling of wilderness, yet the Blueway is only a short drive from major metro area and has dozens of easy access points along the way. Whether you are looking for a couple of hours on the lake with your family or a more challenging 3-day trek, the Southern Virginia Wild Blueway delivers. See more at