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The Matteson Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hampton, 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 4.4 mi Elevation gain 13 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

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Getting There

This trail loops around the outside of the 27 hole Hamptons Golf Course. The trail is level and paved all the way so rollerbladers use it. It is well maintained by the City of Hampton, Virginia. Expect walkers, runners, rollerbladers, bicycles, baby strollers and dogs on leashes. The trail begins and ends in the parking lots. The marked part is a 3 mile letter C and crossing the parking lots for 3/10 of a mile completes the 3.3 mile loop. It can be very busy on a nice day.

There is a lot of parking and the lots never seem to fill up no matter how busy the trail is.

Hampton, Virginia Parks and Recreation 757-727-6348.

From Interstate 64 take exit 261-B (Hampton Roads Center Parkway East) then take the Magruder Blvd. exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp turn left on Magruder Blvd, then the first left on Butler Farm Road. Now take the first drive on the right and the first right again into the parking lots. Go to the last parking lot and the trail is straight ahead. The other end is near where you came in.

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kathi thomas
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All Trails states it's an out and back 4.4 total so when we got to "the end" back out to Butler Farm road, we turned around and walked back to our car, parked in the Police Academy Training Center parking lot, it was a 5.1 mile (says Samsung health app) flat walk on pavement with benches throughout. I guess if you followed the sidewalk back around past buildings, you could make it a loop but then less than 4 miles. At any rate, it was shaded and clean and a porta-potty across a small bridge to golf course within the first mile. Very nice.

Shawn Allen
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Mountain biking

Good ride. Lots of shade and smooth trail

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Stephanie Douglas
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Hiking

Best thing about this trail is...ITS OPEN. (Thanks City of Hampton! #COVID). Flat paved well maintained trail that wanders around the golf course. Its peaceful, pretty, winding and wooded. Fairly popular but not crowed like the Noland Trail can be. Dogs on leash welcome. The only bad thing is its completely FLAT. Great walk, nice for running. Its not long but its a loop. Shady for great on a hot day. We enjoy the cafe for an after run drink on the terrace. Its up a "hill" and overlooks the golf course. There is a frisbee golf course here too. Abundant parking. Its on the site of the police academy so thinking my car is safe. ;)

Chuck Bunn
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Hiking

It is a nice walk around the golf course, a lot of shade and you will see some wild life.

Trang Truong
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Hiking

Good trail with right amount of shade, well maintained, perfect for an evening stroll.

Jayne Horn
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Hiking

Dog friendly and perfect for an evening stroll!

Carl Strand
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Hiking

beautiful, well maintained route.

Carrie P.
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Walking

I love this trail. It’s flat and a lot of parts are tree covered and provide shade. I used this trail for marathon training, it’s easy to track distance, pace and do laps, and I would set a water bottle in a place along the way for my next lap. I often saw deer in the early morning. Parking is free and I also felt safe running around this loop. Perfect place for a family stroll as well. I have such fond memories of running here.

Douglas Hamilton
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Walking

If this trail was a natural surface I would easily give it 5 stars. Everything you want in a 3 mile walk. Plenty of room, lots of turns and changes throughout. Looks like in the summer it has a good canopy of tree shade.

Sharvell'e Daniels
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good paved path nice breeze and shade the whole way

JTM Bartels
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Running

Magnificent trail.... meticulously maintained, loads of wildlife and a wonderfully shaded canopy of trees......love it!

Stephen Lacey
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Running

The trail is completely paved, and mostly shaded. It surrounds a golf course and offers plenty of scenery. Great for running or walking, and is pet and stroller friendly.

Jennifer Green
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Hiking

This was more of a paved walkway than a trail. It circled a golf coarse. There was some nice wooded scenery and a pretty lake. There were quite a few people out walking, running, and others with their dogs. Two big negatives for me was the constant loud overhead jet sounds (it’s right by Langley Air Force base) and there was a ton of poison ivy along the path. Overall a nice day out but probably won’t do again.

Mike Hrmn
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Running

Trail is 3 miles for the marked part and another .3 running through the parking lot from one start/finish to the other. Not 4.4 as advertised. Good trail with slight hills. Decent amount of traffic both ways.

Jim Hart
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This is a 3.0 mile loop trail with each quarter mile marked on the paved path and a mile marker at each mile signifying the mile in both directions. There is also a paved shortcut option that will knock about a .25 mile off the distance if your getting tired.

Meriwether B.
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So lovely.

Meng Ashley
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Running
Ben Schneider
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Running

Well paved trail with easy mile markers throughout. Doesn't feel as much like a trail as a long jogging path, but the golf course is well maintained and you can spot plenty of deer in the fall. Great place for a 3 mile jog.

Tia Herman
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This is a great trail for pushing a stroller on. My kids do get bored, but it's a nice change of pace from walking around our neighborhood, and a good distance to accomplish on a regular basis. We've gone multiple times and always end on a good note.

Priyanka Swami
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Running

Great place to go running in nature, minus the fact that parts of it are near major roads. I always see at least one deer, and there are lots of squirrels. It's, overall, a beautiful place.

Kathy Yevak
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Walking

5/14/16. Beautiful and fragrant. Saw deer, squirrels,birds, and golfers! LOL! Nice shaded, paved, and simple flat walk.

Wallace Vaughn
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Walking

Walked early on a Saturday morning, so only a little competing traffic. Map is a bit off. The trail starts just to the right of the Aquatic center parking lot and ends just to the left of the center. The trails runs along Butler Farm Rd. for a bit as well near the end which is not shown on the map. It is marked as 3 miles with mile posts along the way. Lots of trees so should be reasonable shady in the summer. Saw some deer and squirrels along the way.

Beth Gambino
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Walking

This was a nice walking path. However, some of the path is right next to the busy street which takes away from the peacefulness. But overall it was nice and good for all levels.

Tom Teagarden
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Fun trail for the family. Paved and level the whole way so it was easy to push a stroller. If you park at the Performing Arts / Aquatic Center the trail head is to the right of the building.

Kevin Sparks
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Walking

An easy trail that I visit often. It integrates nicely with the woods and golf course. Jets from LAFB often fly over the area and can be very loud at times; not that uncommon for those who live in the area.

Elena Tate
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Walking

This is a very easy trail. It is level and paved ll the way.

Alan Bourne
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Hiking
First to Review

I have walked this trail for years and always found it refreshing and woodsy even though it in the city. There is a porta potty along the route and even benches every half mile or so to accomodate the least conditioned amoung us.

blair steele
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Joe Troxell
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blair steele
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