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Angela R. on Newport News Bieway and Swamp Bridg...
Great way to get the exercise and see beautiful scenery and history. I bring my grandson here and he feel free to roam and explore!
4 stars for views
3.5 stars for crowds (2 stars for perceived safety, if your hiking alone...ladies)
4.5 stars for city/hwy noise
At 7,712 acres, and 30 miles of trails, this is my favorite local area to hike. Plenty of seclusion if hiking for distance. Almost guaranteed to see deer. Especially lots of newborn fawn in late spring. See earthen Civil War fortifications, as well as Washington's Headquarters.
The trails are mostly flat and well kept.
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This is a beautiful park. And all the wildlife sometimes come right up to you. I see a lot more here than I do any other place in Hampton Roads area. Its so peaceful. Not as many people as FLSP. The park is in the front and further back is a golf course. It has a camp ground and quite a few kid playing areas. And there are plenty of options for trails. The animals make it +++ and the water views.
Pro: the bathrooms are always clean and open. And the rangers really make you feel safe since they are always there. The fire dept is right at the beginning of the park. So its a quieter park but they make it feel safe.
Cons: there are no real cons about the the park. I am a runner and I go early in the morning. There are no lights. its plain dark and go with a headlight. It can be a little creepy if your not used to that. IE - Me. Elevation is minimal but they have small foot rolling hills.
The bike path is flat so it was great for my knees, which don't run well on roots and steps and such. Really well kept, the Rangers around make it feel safe. Tons of wildlife though, saw a snake and a bunch of critters as well as about a million horse flies, so be careful!
We've just moved to the area, and have fallen in love w/Newport News Park. The bikeway is an easy ride for beginners and a good quick workout for more seasoned riders. The bikeway is nice and wide, mostly flat, but traverses through some very nice wooded scenery. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, you might be surprised by what you see. Enjoy your ride!!!
Meriwether B. on White Oak Trail
Rather busy trail, but a nice connector between Sycamore Creek and Fire Swamp, that's great stuff!
Meriwether B. on Sycamore Creek Trail
Whoa, the views on this trail are amazing!!
Meriwether B. on Long Meadow Trail
Takes you by some Civil War entrenchments, which was very cool!