Start – Anytime between January 23-31
End – As soon as you cross the finish line of your last loop, or January 31—whichever comes first.
For the 1 Day Hiker – 12-16 hours
Begin your day in Goochland at Leakes Mill Park. For a moderate hiker, expect to take 4 ½ hours to complete the trail. Next, head south down to Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield. This loop will take 5 ½ hours to finish. Remember: Pocahontas State Park charges an entry fee and closes at dusk. Finish your challenge at James River/Forest Hill Park. This trail is open at night but be careful navigating roots and rocks along the way. Expect to finish this trail in 5 hours. Find a suggested timeline here.
For the Weekend Warrior – 3 days
We would recommend tackling these routes from greatest to least difficulty. Start your challenge at James River/Forest Hill Park on Friday afternoon. This trail is difficult with its up and down nature and plenty of obstacles to navigate. Rest up and head out to Leakes Mill Park on Saturday morning. With plenty of turns, rocks, and steep drops and rises, this well-designed trail is a challenge. Finish your Triple Trail Challenge at Pocahontas State Park on Sunday morning. These counter clockwise loops offer beautiful views of two different lakes. These are some of the best trails in the park!
For the Weekday Challenger – over 9 day window
Choose the days with the best weather and get out there!