Newport News and Swamp Bridge Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Newport News, Virginia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles
78 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




horseback riding

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


Monday, May 16, 2016


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Great way to get the exercise and see beautiful scenery and history. I bring my grandson here and he feel free to roam and explore!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

4 stars for views
3.5 stars for crowds (2 stars for perceived safety, if your hiking alone...ladies)
4.5 stars for city/hwy noise

At 7,712 acres, and 30 miles of trails, this is my favorite local area to hike. Plenty of seclusion if hiking for distance. Almost guaranteed to see deer. Especially lots of newborn fawn in late spring. See earthen Civil War fortifications, as well as Washington's Headquarters.

The trails are mostly flat and well kept.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Love this park for a nice local walk. There is SO much wild life, and the aren't timid! I really enjoy the white oak trail. (I think thats the name?) My pug can do most the trails here, so its great for beginners!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Surprisingly large! Very nice! Loved seeing the deer.

trail running
Saturday, September 05, 2015

This is a beautiful park. And all the wildlife sometimes come right up to you. I see a lot more here than I do any other place in Hampton Roads area. Its so peaceful. Not as many people as FLSP. The park is in the front and further back is a golf course. It has a camp ground and quite a few kid playing areas. And there are plenty of options for trails. The animals make it +++ and the water views.

Pro: the bathrooms are always clean and open. And the rangers really make you feel safe since they are always there. The fire dept is right at the beginning of the park. So its a quieter park but they make it feel safe.

Cons: there are no real cons about the the park. I am a runner and I go early in the morning. There are no lights. its plain dark and go with a headlight. It can be a little creepy if your not used to that. IE - Me. Elevation is minimal but they have small foot rolling hills.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Could have been tougher

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Shady, clean. Great for dog walks

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Nice shady (for the most part) trail, saw lots of deer and turtles, even a snake!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

great bike trail. saw snakes, turtles and other small animals..

Friday, November 08, 2013

I think I hiked most parts of all trails, clocking in over 10 miles. It was so beautiful and well-marked. It also was very varied, and kept my attention. Lots of people, and lots of dogs, but the community feel was wonderful. Highly recommended.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

I spent the rest of this beautiful fall day in here until almost dark. Like a lot of area parks, they do not allow anybody in after dark. The cooler weather has gotten rid of the bugs.

road biking
Sunday, October 13, 2013

Beautuful and peaceful. Easy riding but still a good workout!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Nice trail for novice hikers to gain some endurance on. Terrain is just rough enough to keep it interesting. :-)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Great trail for beginners, it can be a bit congested during the peak season. Plenty of signs to keep you on the right trails. Extremely clean trail. I highly recommend the Swamp Trail, beautiful views.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

This is a wonderful place to be on a nice day. The park has mile of trails. There is a wooden bridge all the way across the lake and another crosses the swamp.

mountain biking
Thursday, April 25, 2013

This should hardly be rated as a mountain bike trail. Not being from the area I wanted to check out this trail, which ended up being a gravel trail through the woods. Was a nice ride but not a mountain bike trail. Info from evma website said there were trails marked in the park, but after driving through the entire park I was unable to find such trails. Great for a family ride, not for a mountain biking experience.

trail running
Sunday, April 21, 2013

Trillium is only good for rough terrain jogging or walking. You will hear it from your family if you take kids on bmx bikes! Some of the trails are flooded now.

Friday, April 19, 2013

A wonderful trail to break up a busy afternoon. There are many choices from under a mile to over 5 miles. The 2.6 miles White Oak Loop is probably my favorite because of time constraints. The trail includes Civil War earthworks, lots of birds and squirels, water views and more.

mountain biking
Saturday, September 29, 2012

Newport News Park has several trails. The 5.3-mile bikeway (unpaved, multi-use trail) is a great trail for bike riding, no mud holes. There is also a connecting trail to the Yorktown Battlefield.

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trail running
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