A unique feature of the dam at Lakeshore Trail to circle the entire lake. This bridge was added years after the dam was built.
The terrain is very steep on the north-facing side of the dam. So steep that wooden steps were built to give hikers full access to this trail. These steps were repaired slightly about two years ago to continue safe and comfortable access for our hikers.
The fall is a great time to hike this trail or any trail in the park. With fall colors brilliant and the temperatures cooler, it's a very pleasant hike.
Anytime of the year, you can look out over the lake from the narrow foot bridge and see the concession stand the beach area.
If you turn around and look to the other side of the dam, you will see the continuation of Holliday Creek about 60 feet below. It flows into the Appomattox River in about a quarter mile.
The Lakeshore Trail is a bit of a walk (6.3 miles). The dam is about half-way, so there are no shortcuts. But it's a lovely hike any time of year. You might be lucky enough to see an osprey or a bald eagle. You are likely to see river otters, white tail deer and many birds.
So pack a snack or lunch and come on out to Holliday Lake State Park to enjoy some time outside. The park is open from daylight until dark every day of the year.