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Newport News White Oak Trail is a 2.4 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.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 55 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Paddle sports

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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NOTE: There is a closed bridge because it is damaged.

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Reviews (191)
Photos (275)
Recordings (202)
Completed (298)
Nicoel H
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Hiking

I'm on this trail at least once a week. Lot's of opportunities to see wildlife such as turtles, snakes, fish, osprey, and deer. Trail is fairly easy just need to watch out for tree roots sticking up out of the paths. Can be very crowded on the weekends.

Emily Streit
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Hiking

Absolutely gorgeous. Look out for snakes, and tree roots. But a great trail.

It's K
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I love love this trail.

Toby Poet
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Hiking

Great trail for hot day. Almost the whole trail is shaded.

Rachel Scott
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Hiking

Great trail! The woods add excellent shade on very hot days such as today, there was a nice breeze and the park employees were very helpful in pointing out trails around the park. The park is nice and clean, we saw plenty of wildlife: deer, birds, snakes and turtles. It was a very peaceful and beautiful trail. Perfect for runners as well, passed by by couple of them!

Ben G.
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Tammy B
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Walking

This is a beautiful trail. It's nice to get out during covid-19 and do some walking although the trail was quite crowded and there was a lot of people out. I seen a deer and lots of turtles. Beautiful beautiful scenery

Daymon Wooten
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Hiking

Great flat trail to walk or run. Easy for everyone including disabled and children. The trail has very pretty views of the reservoir and surrounding area with half shaded/half sunny areas all around. Occasional benches are placed for a small sit down if needed. Can be slightly crowded at times but is spacious enough for everyone.

PL MILLS
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Wonderful early morning hike.

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Jose Cruz
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Hiking

Didn’t know what to expect before hitting this trail. I have to say, it was much better than what I expected. The views were great, the walk was great, the bridges were great (and the one previously discussed has been replaced). Wasn’t crowded although there were more people than I expected. I do recommend doing this trail. However, I don’t recommend doing what i noticed another couple doing... leave the strollers at home.

Chandler Turner
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Hiking

Great easy hike through forrested areas, bridges over a lake, bridge over edge of swamp. Observation overlooks throughout. And a bit of Civil War battle history as well. Will go again

Savannah Lamotte
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Hiking

Took my Nine year old sister on this trail she loved it ! Lots of animals, will be doing this trail again:)

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Andrew Coddington
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Walking

Nice trail. None of the bridges were actually closed.

Angela Tharpe
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Matthew Asp
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Brian Richardson
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Hiking

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.

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Chuck Bunn
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Hiking

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

Scott Booth
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Running

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

Anissa Manley
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HikingBridge outClosed

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

Ashlei Selden
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Hiking

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.

Omar Hamilton
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Hiking

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.

Michael Tomes
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Hiking

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.

Kathy F.
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Hiking

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.

Douglas Hamilton
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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.

Lisa Butler
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Walking

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.

Amy Hoerger
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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.

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

Wayne Walk Jr.
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Hiking

Nice hike through civil war history. The earthworks are amazing to see and learning about the history is awe inspiring. Great views of the reservoir.

Jeff Lynch
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Hiking

Short but nice trail. There are plenty of overlooks and benches. Well maintained although you will need to watch for occasional roots in the path. Excellent trail for dogs as it is mostly shaded and not too long in the heat of the day.

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