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Nice little bike ride, with a lighthouse and the fort. Added a walk along the perimeter of the fort where the pet cemetery is. Interesting. Sizable museum in the fort is worth a visit.

trail running
8 days ago

Beautiful views, and the trail is short and easy. Several times we diverted to run next to the ocean, which the dog absolutely loved. BIG DRAWBACK is the sand burs. By the time I realized the tiny walk through the grass from the trail to the parking lot was covered in them, I had to carry my dog to protect her feet (still ended up removing more than a dozen of them from the pads of her feet.) However, they seem to be an issue only in the grass right next to the running trail. We didn’t have any trouble on the beach itself, and if you go in the grass closer to the middle of the fort (farther away from the trail) you should be okay too. The people were all incredibly friendly, and we plan to go back (my pup will be wearing shoes

Good trail very easy to walk. Lots of seashells in perfect condition.

Great trail for walks/runs. My only complaint is all of the burrs in the grass along side the trail (opposite the water side). My kids wanted to do a little running and I told them to do it in the grass... they came out screaming because they were covered in burrs

Easy to walk on level boardwalk beautiful scenery beach/harbor.

good paved path nice breeze and shade the whole way

Easy, nice, quick trail. Short jaunt over a gravel path, then the rest is on relatively well packed sand. It's out of the way, the beach isn't nearly as busy as Virginia Beach, but it still sees plenty of traffic. Absolutely worth the trip!

trail running
3 months ago

Magnificent trail.... meticulously maintained, loads of wildlife and a wonderfully shaded canopy of trees......love it!

nature trips
4 months ago

No ducks this time. Trail fairly maintained. Pay attention to signs about canebrake rattlesnakes.

I love this walk. It’s so peaceful.

trail running
5 months ago

The trail is completely paved, and mostly shaded. It surrounds a golf course and offers plenty of scenery. Great for running or walking, and is pet and stroller friendly.

Beautiful paved trail, perfect for walking with a stroller. The views are amazing, the people are nice, and the breeze is refreshing on the hottest of days. By the time you are done, it doesn’t seem like you have walked that far.

This was more of a paved walkway than a trail. It circled a golf coarse. There was some nice wooded scenery and a pretty lake. There were quite a few people out walking, running, and others with their dogs. Two big negatives for me was the constant loud overhead jet sounds (it’s right by Langley Air Force base) and there was a ton of poison ivy along the path. Overall a nice day out but probably won’t do again.

More of a path around a petting zoo than a trail. If you're there on a day out with the family, then check it out. But it's hardly worth venturing out to, nor is there any real seclusion like you'd probably enjoy on typical hikes.

Excellent walk along the Hampton Roads side of the Chesapeake Bay as well as a history lesson if you are interested. You can walk inside the fort or along the sea wall or both. Great breezes off the water make for a pleasant walk on a warm day!

Great views! Very safe trail!

trail running
9 months ago

Trail is 3 miles for the marked part and another .3 running through the parking lot from one start/finish to the other. Not 4.4 as advertised. Good trail with slight hills. Decent amount of traffic both ways.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail. Follows along the lake.
Sometimes you can hear the cars.

What an awesome Beach to stroll down. We went a good distance along the shoreline. Hardly anyone there. Lots of shells and horseshoe crabs. My pup had a blast playing in the water. FYI there is limited parking and it’s along the side of a road. Be prepared to get sandy. Had a great time!

11 months ago

This is a 3.0 mile loop trail with each quarter mile marked on the paved path and a mile marker at each mile signifying the mile in both directions. There is also a paved shortcut option that will knock about a .25 mile off the distance if your getting tired.

on The Matteson Trail

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

So lovely.

trail running
Thursday, July 06, 2017

loves the views and the unit run

trail running
Monday, July 03, 2017

trail running
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Well paved trail with easy mile markers throughout. Doesn't feel as much like a trail as a long jogging path, but the golf course is well maintained and you can spot plenty of deer in the fall. Great place for a 3 mile jog.

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

A very nice hidden away beach. Not much to see history wise. A pile of rocks that was a lighthouse years ago. The big thing here is the beautiful secluded beach that goes for miles...and tons of seashells in perfect condition if you like souvenirs... Also this is the Grandview Wildlife Preserve .

Sunday, April 23, 2017

This is a great trail for pushing a stroller on. My kids do get bored, but it's a nice change of pace from walking around our neighborhood, and a good distance to accomplish on a regular basis. We've gone multiple times and always end on a good note.

walking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Beautifull views of the water,big ships and one of the best beaches in the area. Everything is clean even the porta-potties. I will be walking this one many more times and visiting the beach...

Friday, April 14, 2017

Great little park with lots of animals for the kiddos to check out. Wouldn't be my first choice for a hike, but great spot to spend the day

walking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This trail was perfect for a late morning walk in March. We were able to travel quite far down the beach almost 2 mi. We look forward to returning.

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