Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Newport News Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

running
over grown
1 month ago

I’m from Columbia SC. Finding this trail was a true blessing. If you’re familiar with Harbison Forest this trail is reminiscent of Firebreak.

Love this trail, I walk it all the time, you see all kinds of wildlife and it is very peaceful.

Shades and clean, good care trails...

One of the many great trails in NN Park, full of wildlife and trails are maintained

hiking
bridge out
closed
2 months ago

Great trail! My husband and I went yesterday but one of the bridges is closed due to there being several holes In it.

Well marked trail with nice scenery and lots of wildlife. A good amount of roots on the trail makes for a fun obstacle course while running.

hiking
3 months ago

So this trail is not very well marked at all. It crosses over a few different trails, some which aren't well maintained at all. Grass is high and there aren't many markers. This trail was actually around 6.6 miles and it takes a lot of looking back and forth at the map to make sure you are on the right track.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Great fun trial. Lots of nature. Easy to navigate and complete

road biking
4 months ago

Carved out my own path through the park and looping back at the golf course. Enjoyed the paved roads, not much vehicular traffic and plenty of shade. A ride you can safely go on with the family

went here at 7am got 30 min into trail and turned around because of all the spider webs and spiders must have run into 50 webs before calling it a bad run

Lots of great history and wildlife. Quick and easy with good shade in hot days. Highly recommend if you just want to get out of the house.

Well maintained and several other trails you can use to create a very substantial trek!

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

My wife and I enjoy this trail only a few minutes from our neighborhood! Nice and peaceful...just not much elevation gain for a good workout! The reservoir is great for kayaking!

Really good hike. Not much of wildlife during the hike. But overall very good trail.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Me and my daughter had a great time biking this trail. Good bonding time and enjoying nature.

Pretty good hike. LOUD road noise for the first half-mile of the trail kind of kills the vibe a little bit though.

Great trail with good walking path. Enjoy the wetlands for half the walk with beautiful bridges and scenic overlooks and the other half through wooded trails. I saw deer, turtles, fish, and woodpeckers while hiking. If you want to make it a little longer then take Wynn’s Mill loop and see some really cool civil war era earthen structures that confederate soldiers used to defend union advances from marching to Richmond.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a great “after work” walk or easy hike. White oak trail is 2.6 but there are several other loops attached that can up your mileage- twin forts, for example, adds another quick.7 mi. Well marked and maintained. Drains fairly well with ways around puddles that may form. Wooden bridges in wooded area are extremely slippery with mold- like sideways slipping ice on a 85 degree day. The most turtles I’ve ever seen anywhere on bridge near parking. Lots of Wildlife and some trails have rattler warnings( not this one, but some that runs off it). Lots of roots, not a lot of rocks. Nice packed sandy base is kind to legs. Early civil war battlefield with, they say, some of the best preserved earthen works in the country. Part of Newport News Park which has separate facilities for fields,Playgrounds, restrooms, camping,boating, bike trail.

If not for the stumps to look out for I would have given it a 5. Lots of nature. Some up and downs, plenty of marsh, winding paths, and well built bridges. And if you like Civil War history, lots of interesting info.

Great little hike. Our children loved it too.

walking
Fri Oct 26 2018

Nice trail. Not well marked so confusing when deciding which path to follow. The big white oak is inspiring and the views of the river incredible. A great opportunity to see the woods melt into swamp and reeds and finally into beach and sea. A lovely Virginia scene.

We have done this one a few times. Lots of wildlife. We see deer almost every time. It is a very easy walk in the woods.

Pretty nice views and wildlife.

Great for mountain biking and hiking

pleasant little walk in the woods!

mountain biking
Sun Jun 10 2018

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.

Great to run and then in reverse to get in a nice 5 miles.

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