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My son (11) and I enjoyed this trail. We got a little mixed up and ended up on the bike only bit (Lake View Loop) but gutted it out until we regained the hiking trail. We clocked in a little over 7 miles total in 3 hours with a pause for lunch in there at the halfway mark.

Definitely will come back and maybe bring the bike out!

Great for mountain biking and hiking

The signs weren’t mark clearly. It wasn’t clear when one trail ended and when the next one started. Overall it was nice. Not a lot of traffic. On the trail. I Was able to see a lot of horses on the trail. The weather was just right.

mountain biking
2 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.

Did about half the trail that is shown on the AllTrails website for this management area. Some previous reviews stated that they had to backtrack because they could not cross a specific Creek. I was able to do so easily due to the lack of rain that we’ve had lately. Everything was bone dry. I’m sure this is a beautiful and very scenic Trail in the spring once all the flowers and trees bloom. There were at least 4 to 5 creeks that I crossed during this hike, but the biggest one of all was by the Lily Pond, which again, would have been difficult if not impossible to cross if it had recently rained. Hard to believe but for the several hours it took me to hike this trail, I only saw two other people, and they were turkey hunters exiting the park as I was entering. I did not see another living soul for the entire hike.. I must admit that at certain times, this trail was quite challenging, Especially on the long uphill climbs. I will most certainly sleep very well tonight! :-)

Lakeview is a bike trail, so if you start on Powhatan Trail walking you have to turn back at the Lakeview Loop.

The trail does not connect the way it is shown on the map. It dead-ends resulting in 4 miles of backtracking.

This is on the Auto Tour route. The speed limit is 25 so it’s like running in your neighborhood. That being said, didn’t see one car in the route. I ran at 9am on a Saturday and. I cats. Great run full of history. Pretty hilly.

Wonderful, historic ride thru the Yorktown battlefield in October. Did not like sharing the road with cars, as we parked at the Visitors Center. This was part road biking, part trail biking. Takes awhile if you stop and read the historic markers.

I spent about 7 hours hiking the trails here and still didn't see all of it. There is great scenery and history, but the map is inaccurate otherwise this would be a 5.

Great hiking trails. Flat. Good for bikes as well.

Great hiking trails. Flat. Good for bikes as well.

I truly have enjoyed running through the park. Have run the Road Tour. Good shoulder for bikers, walkers and runners.
7+ miles for round trip. (Many trails that could be explored as well)
Good challenge. Some decent hills along the way, both ways.
Beautiful, peaceful scenic road lined with trees. Seen multiple deer while running.
If in the Colonial Heights area and want a very nice place to get some miles in, make sure to visit this park.

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Nice hike through a historic area. The entire trail is well marked as well.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Easy ride, plus access to even more miles in the Yorktown battlefield roads

Sunday, July 09, 2017

great trail to build your speed and endurance

This was an easy hike but the trail ends just before the end. Maybe there was a trail but we couldn't find it. Did see two turkeys but there's not much else to see except the ticks (which were plentiful)

Great trails for running or hiking with the family.

I hiked the Beaver Lake Trail 2.47 miles. Moderate and beautiful views of the lake.

trail running
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Great and safe for running; easy for hiking.

The map for this hike is very inaccurate. At one point the route takes you over a wetlands area labeled as "no crossing" on the DGIF maps. I kinda enjoy that sort of thing, but be advised. There are a few other spots that don't add up, but the navigation locator within the map is very accurate and that made it easy to follow. One also needs an Access Permit to use this area.

Despite that this was a great hike. It's all turf/ gravel access roads except the portion mentioned above. I didn't see a single person and to be able to hike that far in mature upland forest free of invasive species - all within 40 minutes of Richmond - that was just awesome! You cross many small creeks, through meadows and past ponds and a swamp. I saw turkey, deer, an owl, grouse, and a Pileated Woodpecker. I will definitely be back in the spring and fall.

trail running
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Yeah, nice run did the creek loop North, pretty good hills
Then did the river section South and it was nice and flat

Nice nature center and camp store.

hiking
Monday, January 02, 2017

A beautiful park with views along river, beaches and plenty of miles to hike for the day.

hiking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

I love this park and have been here many times.

Beautifully maintained wide trails. Friendly and helpful staff. Superb educational value. Very convenient for soldiers.

Went in August, hot and humid, lots of people

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Should really remove the "jeep" out of the name... Drove up and down that road and didn't find any trail wide enough for my jeep. Very disappointed. As far as the park goes it was lots of things to do.

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