Sandy Bottom Nature Park is a 8.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hampton, VA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Hampton's premier park is a 456 acre environmental education and wildlife management facility. Born from borrow pits and garbage dumps, the park is truly a success story of reclamation of our natural resources.
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.
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.
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.
Overall something for everyone at this park. Somewhere to ride, run or hike!
This is a nice park. The Trillium has to many open area fo this July heat but it is still nice.
I have been coming to this park for years. Today it is a nicely kept park with a great trail system. It used to be more of a 2 star 20 years ago. Hats off to the rangers and the city. The Bark Park seems to have disappeared too but I do not have a dog.