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Harwood's Mill Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Yorktown, Virginia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 82 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Over grown

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Bob Jeffreys
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Hiking

A lot of pointless switchbacks until you get to the powerline clearing, and once across pick up the northern trail path which is better. It is mildly technical with elevation changes, roots, etc. Heavily wooded and some nice lake views. Look for the mile-posts (1-3) on the north trail. Without a map can be hard to interpret junctions. My wrist-compass and my google-earth satellite view helped. If you get lost, just head west until you get to the gravel road. Take the road south and it will take you back to the trailhead.

Will I am
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Mountain biking

Went riding the trails today. Had a good time. Only did trail A and B but will def do all three next time I go.

Kristen Jay
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Omar Hamilton
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Hiking

This specific trail is not clearly marked; spent time back tracking and stopping to see if I was on the correct path. Many beautiful trails to follow, very lightly trafficked and forest the lake are beautiful.

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Timothy Williams
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HikingMuddy

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!

Gabe Sanovich
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Pretty nice views and wildlife.

Rob Cox
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Running

good trail to work on endurance base and cadence. had to cut short because of time.

Irene Kalder
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This trail was nicely wooded once I got away from the road. The water was beautiful! It was very condensed and windy, though. While it might take 10 steps to go directly from point A to point B, I was going around 4 curves and taking about 50 steps before I got there. I passed other walkers, only to see them 2-3 more times in the same 5 min span.

Kevin Ruiz
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Mountain biking

If you are using your GPS to get here, you will probably need to put Newport News Park as your destination. I found this place very hard to navigate. There were signs posted, but the trails were close to overgrown in some spots and very hard to find when you had to cross a service road. From the trails that I was able to find, it was fairly flat with multiple switchbacks. Seems like a perfect place to take your kids if they are ready to learn.

Alan Bourne
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Hiking

Not a whole lot to it. Most of the trails are dirt roads you could drive a car on. I was hiking but I did not see any difficult parts for a bike.

Bryan S.
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Mountain biking

Hardwood Mills is very flat, and in my opinion a beginner trail for MTB throughout with many straight runs allowing for speed-play. There are two courses here. There is a beginner course and another trail section labeled advanced.... But the advanced sign should be removed and a 'beginner' marker should be added in its place; nothing advanced about Hardwood Mills. I will say, however, that this course is an outstanding run for children and other beginners who are starting MTB. The forest is nice and there is a pier for fishing. This trail is a good one to take your girlfriend or anyone else who's a less than entry level rider, because of the flat terrain and minimal yet shallow climbs.

Joseph Dow
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Hiking

The directions linked to trail details take you to a housing area with no parking. The trail is in an awesome location.

Ryan Holcomb
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Mountain biking

I started the trail at the Denbigh blvd side of the expert trail and then finished out on the advanced. Today was my first time riding at Harwood's Mill after not trail riding in over 8 years. I 'm going to say that the where the expert trail is a lot more narrow than the advanced trail, the advanced trail has longer and steeper climbs, MUCH better obstacles, and a much more enjoyable ride. I will agree with the other review of this place saying that the roots are kinda out of control but for riding in the woods I guess it comes with the territory. If you can get over the bUmPy ride you are sure to have a good time. This is going to be a trail that I will continue to ride seeing as how I can ride there from my house with a 8.5 round trip ride. Great day and I suggest everyone give it a shot.

Nick Bedard
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Hiking

I've been riding hardwoods mill for the past few weeks. The novice trail is really fun if you can keep up some good speed. Then once you find the advanced, it not bad either. A bit too rooty for my taste. But still generally fun. The if you get lucky enough to find the expert trail, which is almost impossible to find, then you'll get a pretty hefty mix of trail riding. From hard pack switchbacks to rooty quick hills. All in all a ride through all three I call the Harwood mill tour and it's quite the workout. Check this one out

Jeff Z.
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Jonathan Rowland
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Scott Goodliff
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Chris Ambrosino
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Jeff Z.
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Jeff Z.
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Kevin Alves
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Chris Ambrosino
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Kevin Alves
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Julio Gonzalez
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Dave Eagle
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Kevin Alves
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Justin S.
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Kevin Alves
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Kevin Alves
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