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One of the best trails in the area because of how diverse it is. Great water views and crossings, open fields, and shaded woods all in one. Friendly folks are encountered here in Smithfield which is always a plus. Good for all ages.

We're huge fans of this place, mainly because of the natural kids playground and piers. It also cuts into the local Main Street if you want to detour into town. The trail itself is well maintained and a flat enough for all ages. Parking is convenient enough to be able to walk the whole trail or only one half. One side of the trail will take you off into the wooded area while the other side is more open, but takes you around to the waterviews and past a few houses with horses.

Great park and people. Look at my recording for the real description that I accidentally put their instead of here.

I love this scenic, easy trail! It’s well maintained and any potential “trip” rocks/branches are spray painted orange for you to avoid them. There are several entrances to this park. I usually park at the one near Smithfield Station so that I can walk another quarter mile to town for lunch after the hike. Good variety— I love that you get to walk over bridges, see dogs playing in a dog park, and get to walk by the water and among the trees. The trail has porta-potties with hand-washing stations.

trail running
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Great for a run. Beautiful area. Younger child loved the play area.

trail running
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Great town. Beautiful park. Home town

trail running
Sunday, January 22, 2017

A great trail with lots of beautiful scenery - an awesome place for a walk or run for all different kinds of trailblazers! This is a perfect place to spend a Saturday picnicking, casting a reel into the water, playing fetch at the dog park, biking or strolling through the thick wooded trails, and taking in some of the many breathtaking vistas!

hiking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Walked this trail on 19 nov. Easy to follow, and nice scenery. there is a play ground for kids too. overall, fun, family friendly place.

walking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

Nice trail, easy to walk, clear trail.

walking
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Great walking trail close to home. Well maintained I also enjoy the wildlife, Eagles, Herrings, Deer. Try to walk it daily.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

I actually really like this place because no one is ever here! There aren't really 'trails' to walk/hike but the landscape and history behind it is pretty cool. Love the secluded little beach at the end of the ramp where you can see the Jamestown ships on the horizon. Features Virginia's second oldest black walnut tree over 200 years old with a rope swing that you can play on. Great place to escape to for the day

hiking
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

There are no defined hiking trails here. It's a very small park. If you want to get exercise, you'll pretty much have to walk circles in the grass. If you try to follow what you think is a trail you'll end up hitting a dead end and have to turn around. Go to Windsor Castle Park instead. It's so much nicer. One advantage is you have a nice outlook and access to the beach and can walk along it if you'd like.

hiking
Saturday, May 09, 2015

Nice hike with the kids. They really liked the bridges and lookout points. I prefer a little tougher retain, but this is perfect for when we bring the kiddos along. It is a bit buggy, so I highly recommend putting on some bug spray before heading out.

trail running
Friday, October 10, 2014

It's nice to have a place like this close to home. The trail is well defined, and safe. There are also a few hills. Like one of the previous reviewer said, I love that it is near downtown Smithfield.

walking
Thursday, October 02, 2014

Beautiful park, well maintained, level, gravel paths. It felt very safe. I've been a few times to walk the paths. I wouldn't really call in "hiking", although you can certainly turn into a 6 mile walk if you zig-zag through all the paths. I like to walk the park, then walk about 2 blocks to downtown Smithfield for an ice cream cone afterwards. :)

mountain biking
Sunday, June 08, 2014

Best by mountain bike. Start where 673 become a dirt road and ride past historic farms, a quiet lake and finally the beach on the James. Watch out for traffic, especially on a weekend.

hiking
Sunday, June 08, 2014

The loop is under a mile if you just loop the fishing area and adjoining park. To make 3 miles, also hike the Smithfield parking lots and the fence line beyond. It was a beautiful day for a hike.

hiking
Sunday, June 08, 2014

A nice park with a great beach. It was pretty busy this weekend with a huge gaggle of cub scouts but still tranquil and pleasant. The fort is over 400 years old and some of the trees may be as old. There are restrooms, picnic facilities and well groomed trails.

walking
Monday, February 03, 2014

Nice park. There is a lot of history and also some docks and lookout points.

mountain biking
Thursday, September 12, 2013

A really nice trail in a nice park. It is strictly a bike path with pedestrians not allowed. Sadly, it seems to be underused, judging from all the spider webs and the lack of tire marks. The park map shows it as a perfect circle; not even close. It zig-zags around the park inside the 3 mile pedestrian trail.

hiking
Sunday, September 01, 2013

Nice trail and well maintained. Great views of woods, water and nature.

hiking
Sunday, September 01, 2013

I estimate that 2/3rd of this loop was out in the open. If I want a sunburn I will go to the beach. I still gave it a 3 because it is a nice trail other than the Jericho Road part.

hiking
Sunday, September 01, 2013

Nice park except for the open areas. I did not like running down the road.

hiking
Sunday, August 25, 2013

There are several places to enter the park and pick up the outer trail. This trail enjoys all of the moods of the park from forest to open farm land to wetlands.

hiking
Sunday, August 25, 2013

Enter the park from Mason Street. There is usually free parking on Sykes Court and the neighbors are nice. Keep left until you come to Jericho Road then turn right and follow it around to the park headquarters. Then exit right on the trail back to the trail you came in on.

hiking
Sunday, August 25, 2013

The park has about six miles of trails counting the big three mile loop, several smaller loops, the mountain bike trail and connectors. There are a lot of open areas so be prepared. The castle looks more like a house to me but what do I know. There is a bark park for those with dogs.

paddle sports
3 months ago

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