hiking

forest

kid friendly

wildlife

dogs on leash

wild flowers

nature trips

views

wheelchair friendly

walking

lake

birding

trail running

trail running
2 months ago

Not the best for bikes as there are so many roots everywhere so makes for an extremely bumpy ride. There are parts of the trail where you feel you are so far from the city which is really nice. Saw some pretty amazing birds (very large), and beware of the black snakes as they like to frequent the trails. Great place to kayak too. Rented one of the yurts for a nite, had 2 bunk beds with trundles underneath so can sleep quite a bit.

trail running
4 months ago

Great place to go running in nature, minus the fact that parts of it are near major roads. I always see at least one deer, and there are lots of squirrels. It's, overall, a beautiful place.

hiking
5 months ago

walking
6 months ago

5/14/16. Beautiful and fragrant. Saw deer, squirrels,birds, and golfers! LOL! Nice shaded, paved, and simple flat walk.

hiking
7 months ago

Just did the trail yesterday morning. Good trail; thick wooded area nice pathway. Pretty easy trail although can be muddy after rain so take that into account also.

walking
8 months ago

Walked early on a Saturday morning, so only a little competing traffic. Map is a bit off. The trail starts just to the right of the Aquatic center parking lot and ends just to the left of the center. The trails runs along Butler Farm Rd. for a bit as well near the end which is not shown on the map. It is marked as 3 miles with mile posts along the way. Lots of trees so should be reasonable shady in the summer. Saw some deer and squirrels along the way.

Definitely a mixed trail, depending on the location within the park. Some areas have good views, others are bland. One section is close to the highway, while others seem quiet and secluded. The areas near the parking and picnic areas can get a little crowded, but the further out you hike, the more solitude there is to enjoy.

The portion of the trail that runs adjacent to Hampton Roads Center Parkway can get a little flooded and soggy at times. Like most parks and trails, it closes at sunset.

walking
8 months ago

This was a nice walking path. However, some of the path is right next to the busy street which takes away from the peacefulness. But overall it was nice and good for all levels.

Fun trail for the family. Paved and level the whole way so it was easy to push a stroller. If you park at the Performing Arts / Aquatic Center the trail head is to the right of the building.

This offers a nice and easy three mile hike with plenty of wildlife. When I went the end of July I was able to see four or five deer including a doe with her fawn. The bad thing about this park is there is a section of the trail very close to a busy road.

walking
1 year ago

An easy trail that I visit often. It integrates nicely with the woods and golf course. Jets from LAFB often fly over the area and can be very loud at times; not that uncommon for those who live in the area.

mountain biking
2 years ago

Mostly flat and gravely. Some roots once you get off of the gravel portion.

There is a nice information center that has different kinds of turtles, snakes and lizards that are in small habitats for people to look at. There are other items on display for guests to look at such as insects and animal bones. Guests can also rent kayaks, canoes and paddle boats. The trails are decent, very wide with some nice look out points. There is also an area where injured animals are being cared for, not many can be seen as this area is not open to the public. The down side was that the highway is so close that there are areas on the trails that cars can be seen, heard and exhaust can be smelled.

walking
2 years ago

I take walks through Sandy Bottom occasionally with my wife and dog. There are some areas where water will tend to pool up on the paths if there has been some rain, but they are normally easy to get around.

Great hike and I loved the park. The trails were well marked and quite lovely. Highly recommend it!

on Lake Trail

3 years ago

LOVED this trail so much that I made the pic my FB cover photo, with lots of likes!

on Sandy Bottom Nature Park

3 years ago

Overall something for everyone at this park. Somewhere to ride, run or hike!