Lake Robertson is a 75-acre recreation area (with ~500 acres maintained by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries for hunting)featuring a 26-acre lake with boat rentals, tennis courts, a swimming pool, picnic shelters, 56 tent and full hook up sites, and eight intersecting hiking trails.
A wooden kiosk on the drive into Lake Robertson has a pamphlet detailing the eight hiking trails in the area. The trials can be accessed from the boat launch area or the campgrounds. Loop opportunities include Lake Trail, Opossum Pass, Deer Lick Trail, Squirrel Run, and Grouse Haven Trail Loop. All the trails are fairly easy, but even simpler strolls include Hawk Creek, Lake Trail, and Turkey Roost Trail.
Fish the lake for potential bites from Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, and Walleye. In the summertime all of the trails are brimming with wild and black berries, though always be careful to make sure these berries are truly edible as some berries can be toxic when ingested.
From the Lexington Visitor Center, drive east on Washington Street to a left at the stoplight onto East Nelson Street (US-60). Continue .2 mile to a right onto Lee Highway (US-11 S Bypass). Drive .9 mile and continue straight through the stop light onto Link Road (VA-251). After 5.3 miles, turn right to stay on VA-251 (a sign points the way to Lake Robertson). In 4.3 miles, continue straight onto Turnpike Road (Rt. 770), and turn left in .4 mile to remain on Turnpike. Lake Robertson will be on the right in approximately 1.3 miles and is clearly marked.
- Warning: As of January 2012, all visitors to Goshen Wildlife Management Area, which Lake Robertson is a part of, are required to have a permit. All visitors 17 or older must have a permit or a valid Virginia hunting, freshwater fishing, or trapping license, or a current Virginia boat registration. This permit can be obtained by calling 540-463-4164 or visiting their website.
- Bring a picnic, fishing pole, and swimsuit to enjoy the park’s amenities after your hike.
- Consider an overnight stay at one of the park’s camping sites.
- This hike is only a short drive from North Mountain, so come ready for twice the hiking fun.
- Lexington’s go-to greasy spoon diner is a must. Lexington Restaurant offers short-order service to booths or the 1950s counter, or to the dining room in the back. Get comfortable and fill up before heading out to for a hike.