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Awesome trail to just take in a little fresh air and enjoy nature. Very easily accessible. The kids loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

It's hard to be upset when mother nature wins - but the mosquitos drove us off this trail in record time! The entry (from the South) is a paved road, and there is no problem until you enter the trail itself. Within minutes, the mosquitos had scored a decisive victory and we just weren't up for the hike. The trail looked beautiful though. Next time, I'll bring mosquito repellant!

nature trips
1 month ago

A fun hike, very clearly marked and very easy to walk. Just be sure to bring tons of bug spray and watch for snakes.

Also everyone who uses this app should also use the Picture This Plants app! It’s a fun app that you take pictures of the flora around you and it will give descriptions and details for said plant. I personally enjoy it and enjoy sharing my findings!

nature trips
1 month ago

A fun hike, very clearly marked and very easy to walk. Just be sure to bring tons of bug spray and watch for snakes.

Also everyone who uses this app should also use the Picture This Plants app! It’s a fun app that you take pictures of the flora around you and it will give descriptions and details for said plant. I personally enjoy it and enjoy sharing my findings!

nature trips
1 month ago

A fun hike, very clearly marked and very easy to walk. Just be sure to bring tons of bug spray and watch for snakes.

Also everyone who uses this app should also use the Picture This Plants app! It’s a fun app that you take pictures of the flora around you and it will give descriptions and details for said plant. I personally enjoy it and enjoy sharing my findings!

it was nice not hard my kids were able to do it the youngest 9 oldest 16 no issues pack a light lunch and enjoy lots of roots not bad for $2 per car

Nice area, good for one hour hike, part of it can be muddy right after rain.

Rode my TREK Powerfly 5 from the 64th entrance along the Raptor and Cape Henry Trail to the boat ramp and back. It’s a beautiful area with excellent birding and easy access to salt water marshes and shoreline beaches. Lots of shade trees.

Great for hiking or rucking. Clearly posted signs with multiple trails.

This trail is definitely more on the "easy" side of moderate. Lightly traveled with interesting flora at parts, especially in Summer months. Trail does get muddy after periods of extended rain.

hiking
2 months ago

Well maintained trail with lots of opportunities for off-shoots. Completed this path and a few others but lots in the park.

Great trails for strollers, casual walkers, Race Walker training and Runners. Tidewater Striders have fun races for all levels every Tues in July!!

Great for mountain biking and hiking

Nice trail with good path and scenery.

on Lassiter Trail

2 months ago

Easy hike with pretty views.
BRING A LOT OF BUG SPRAY I seriously got eaten alive.
Also watch for snakes they’re everywhere.

mountain biking
3 months ago

As far as a flat natural surface for biking goes, this bikeway is pretty nice. Start at the parking lot near the ranger station (at the camping entrance, not the main Newport News Park entrance). You’ll start on the paved road past the campsites then left onto the natural bikeway road. There are a few opportunities to exit the trail for other trails at Newport News Park (not for bikes) or to head into Yorktown/Colonial National Historical Park roads (use the Washington Headquarters path). The bikeway alone is about 5 miles, wide paths, lightly trafficked.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Thy trail was pretty busy on both ends, with a lot of people not paying attention to their surroundings. As far as biking goes, this trail is okay. The first few miles from the trail center were nice, but then back half had spots that were pretty sandy for a bike, and the view changed from quiet nature ride to beach party-ish. Suggested trail edits to correspond with the trail map available through the State Park (and actual park signage), which has the trail turning towards Broad Bay with a total trail distance of 6.1 miles (http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/document/data/trail-guide-firstlanding.pdf)

Easy, scenic hike with some rocky terrain where you need to watch your footing. Portions of the covered areas were quite muddy today due to the recent rain. I recommend going in the early part of the morning to avoid the heat, as much of the trail is unshaded.

walking
4 months ago

Great trail! Not difficult, very enjoyable and beautiful every step of the way. Camp sites and cabin available just across the road. Beautiful state park!

First Landing Park trails, in their entirety, are great way to spend your entire day. For the most part, they're all flat trails, with the only challenge coming in their length depending on how much you prefer to walk. Be sure to pick up a park map from the trail Center. It's worth noting that there's also a parking pass fee ranging from $5 to $10 depending on the time of year.

First Landing Park trails, in their entirety, are great way to spend your entire day. For the most part, they're all flat trails, with the only challenge coming in their length depending on how much you prefer to walk. Be sure to pick up a park map from the trail Center. It's worth noting that there's also a parking pass fee ranging from $5 to $10 depending on the time of year.

First Landing Park trails, in their entirety, are great way to spend your entire day. For the most part, they're all flat trails, with the only challenge coming in their length depending on how much you prefer to walk. Be sure to pick up a park map from the trail Center. It's worth noting that there's also a parking pass fee ranging from $5 to $10 depending on the time of year.

nice for the doggos

I walked in today and did Otter Point Trail and then Molly Mitchell. I had Otter Creek all to myself and didn't even see another Person. I definitely wouldn't do any hiking in this park after a rain as a lot of it is low lying. It was easy and well maintained. Lots of places to stop and take in nature of to grab a rest.

Great for a short, scenic hike. You walk along the stream and then on the loop back you walk at a higher elevation, overlooking everything.

hiking
4 months ago

I like this loop. It’s pleasant, well-marked, and undulating. It’s not really scenic and it’s almost completely wooded. That’s not bad for me, but i can see how it could be a bit monotonous for some.

Trails were narrow and difficult to follow, so chose to bail out and run across the street on the Noland Trail.

As an avid runner, I wouldn't recommend this one. It seems good for biking.

trail running
4 months ago

Good trail. two problems. It's right beside the interstate so you hear cars constantly. It's also right across the interstate from the biggest trash dump on the peninsula so you will smell garbage half the time you are there. That said, I love the trail and the park.

I will also day that some of these reviews are a bit misleading. This is the main trail at the park, but a lot of people seem to be taking side trails and reviewing this one as if they are the same trail (commenting on roots etc). this is a very easy trail and only consists of the loop around the wetlands, it doesn't go into the woods proper.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice for all. Upper loop moderately steep but if you want to avoid it you can just do in and out.

walking
5 months ago

Great for a toddler in the Spring.

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