Explore the most popular forest trails near Hampton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

good paved path nice breeze and shade the whole way

trail running
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Well maintained trail with lots of opportunities for off-shoots. Completed this path and a few others but lots in the park.

nature trips
2 months ago

No ducks this time. Trail fairly maintained. Pay attention to signs about canebrake rattlesnakes.

nature trips
2 months ago

Short and sweet, no ducks but several big spider webs.

trail running
3 months ago

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.

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.

More of a path around a petting zoo than a trail. If you're there on a day out with the family, then check it out. But it's hardly worth venturing out to, nor is there any real seclusion like you'd probably enjoy on typical hikes.

trail running
4 months ago

Good trail. two problems. It's right beside the interstate so you hear cars constantly. It's also right across the interstate from the biggest trash dump on the peninsula so you will smell garbage half the time you are there. That said, I love the trail and the park.

I will also day that some of these reviews are a bit misleading. This is the main trail at the park, but a lot of people seem to be taking side trails and reviewing this one as if they are the same trail (commenting on roots etc). this is a very easy trail and only consists of the loop around the wetlands, it doesn't go into the woods proper.

Not bad except for the highway being right next to you.

trail running
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice place to walk.
For a small stretch , you can hear cars.

Beautiful ducks. Nice place to walk.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail. Follows along the lake.
Sometimes you can hear the cars.

The trail was easy to follow and pretty flat. There were lake views and was mostly wooded. I gave it 3 stars for several reasons. It was crowded and the people did not seem friendly. I prefer more rural trails. Most of the trail is next to a very busy and loud highway. There’s also a lot of loud overhead jet noise. The other side of the trail backs up to peoples homes. And there are apparently rattle snakes although I didn’t see any. I wasn’t aware we even had rattle snakes in this area. It was a nice length though. They did have a dog park which was empty but I wouldn’t use it based on the unfriendliness of the people there. I don’t think we’ll be doing this one again.

10 months ago

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.

on The Matteson Trail

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

So lovely.

trail running
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Excellent lunch time run - or if you are pressed for time and "gotta get some miles in". easy going surfaces.

trail running
Friday, August 25, 2017

It was hard for to find a map of the park. I actually got lost and had to pull up my all trails app to find someone else's trail gps they did.... after I finally found it, it was a pretty run... there are a lot of roots on some parts though...

walking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Great small trail for family with 4 year old boy

trail running
Monday, July 03, 2017

trail running
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Can be run in less than half an hour. Walks can take an hour or more.

Scenery is nice for a majority of the way.

For about a quarter of a mile, you get close enough to the highway to catch a whiff of the exhaust produced by the cars. This messes with my breathing.

Despite this, I still chose this as my preferred trail and run it every day after work!

Friday, June 16, 2017

nice place to run and bring family

Monday, June 12, 2017

Great easy trail. Saw lots of wildlife. Trail is a little load along the road sections, but I would definitely walk it again.

trail running
Thursday, June 01, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

Easy path, even with little kids. Scenery by the lake is great with lots of turtles and ducks for young ones to watch.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

We were able to push our double stroller along this trail- it was bumpy at times, but doable. A good portion of the path runs alongside the highway and is so incredibly loud, my husband and I couldn't hear each other and had to shout at one another- we were SO glad when that stretch finally ended. Because of that, we probably will not do it again.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Great little park with lots of animals for the kiddos to check out. Wouldn't be my first choice for a hike, but great spot to spend the day

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This trail is a nice length and just the right amount of mixed scenery and trail type. The trail does get very wet when it rains and a few parts do not dry out...ever. There are parts that hold water and are difficult to get around. This is one of the fewer traveled trails so it has areas that have higher grass and during slow times you may not run into anyone. In the summer it is mostly shaded with a few stretches in full sun. The mosquitos can be vicious due to the standing water, bring bug spray.

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