dogs on leash
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.
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 gets 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.
Start out on the road loop. Half way around you will come to a great green grass trail that runs between a small strip of trees and the noise barrier for the interstate. It is so peaceful back here that it is hard to believe it is running between a neighborhood and a major interstate.
From Hampton cross the James River Bridge and keep going following 258 and then 10 to Surry. Come back using the ferry to Jamestown and then 199 and I-64. For an out and back take 258 and 11 both ways. There are parks and a wildlife preserve along the way. It is a bright, sunshiny day.
Take Chesapeake west from LaSalle along the water past the beach, fishing pier, marina, and over the bridge. Then enter the park and follow the beach all the way to the end of the park which is your turn around point. This is a level easy walk with water view all the way.