Places to Run
Bordering the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton, Buckroe Beach offers eight acres of family-friendly sandy beach. The Boardwalk, from the fishing pier to Pilot Ave., offers 0.7 miles of waterfront running. Run an easy out-and-back course or embark on a run through the surrounding community.<
Blend of Buckroe (coffee shop)
Summer Concert Series and Outdoor Movies
City Center at Oyster Point is a business district in the Oyster Point section of Newport News. It is inspired by the rich maritime history of the city, landscaped in a southern living style with grand vistas to a 5-acre fountain. The fountain is 0.35 miles in diameter and combined with the surrounding area, you can easily complete 3+ miles of excellent running in an urban, city center setting. Better yet, join Flat-Out Events on Wednesday evenings for a free group run.
Aromas Coffee Shop
Summer Concert Series
Summer Farmers Market
On this 565-acre property you’ll find beautiful nature trails, paths for walking, jogging and biking, miles of beaches and of course spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay. There is a 1.8-mile paved trail along the seawall and boardwalk bordering the Chesapeake Bay. There is easily 5+ miles of exploring (running) when you include the entire Fort and National Monument area!
This is a 3-mile trail that begins and ends in the parking lot of the Hampton Teen/Aquatic Center. The trail loops around the outside of the 27-hole Hamptons Golf Course and is level and paved all the way (newly paved in 2012!). Expect walkers, runners, rollerbladers, bicycles, baby strollers and dogs on leashes.
Newport News Park
This 8,000-acre park with two fresh water reservoirs is one of the largest municipal parks east of the Mississippi. There are over 30 miles of trails in the Newport News Park complex including a 5.3-mile multi-use bikeway.
5-star archery range
Disc golf course
Horse show arena with a stage
30-acre aeromodel flying field
Ropes and initiative course
5-mile mountain bike trail
New Quarter Park
Located next to the Queens Lake subdivision in York County and close to Historic Williamsburg, this park offers over 3-miles of beautiful trail running. In fact, The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ Birding and Wildlife Trail program has recognized New Quarter Park as one of coastal Virginia’s best sites for wildlife-watching and hiking.
Floating Dock / Fishing Pier
Mountain Bike Trail
Following the shoreline of 167-acre Lake Maury is the five-mile Noland Trail in Newport News. Dedicated as a gift from the Noland Family in 1991, the trail has fourteen bridges, picnic areas, benches, handicap access, and mile markers. Each fall The Mariners’ Museum hosts a 10K run on the Noland Trail.
Riverview Farm Park
Riverview Farm Park offers two miles of paved multi-use trails surrounding the playground and soccer fields in the Menchville section of Newport News. In addition, a trail leading from the Riverview Farm Park Visitor Center (located at the end of City Farm Road) to the shore of the Warwick River also provides a beautiful setting for a leisurely walk.
Fantasy Farm Playground (30,000 square foot community playground)
Fido Field (dog park)
Sandy Bottom Nature Park
Hampton’s premier park is a 456-acre environmental education and wildlife management facility. Born from borrow pits and garbage dumps, the park is truly a success story of reclamation of our natural resources. The park offers 11 trails ranging from 0.12 miles to 3.3 miles.
Wildlife Education Center
Virginia Capital Trail
Eight beautiful miles of the planned 50-mile Virginia Capital Trail from Williamsburg to Richmond are currently open and being enjoyed by bikers, joggers and walkers alike. Beginning at the Jamestown Settlement and ending at the Chickahominy River Bridge. Free parking at both ends of the trail.
Waller Mill Park
Waller Mill Park is Williamsburg’s 2705-acre park situated around its reservoir that was opened to the public in July 1972. The park offers 3 trails ranging from 0.75 miles to 2.92 miles. Separately, the Asphalt Bike/Walk Trail stretches for two miles from Mooretown Road to Rochambeau Drive. Parking for this trail is available at Waller Mill Park’s main parking lot. This asphalt trail offers a safe path for walking, biking, inline skating, and running.
Windsor Castle Park
Located in the heart of downtown Smithfield, Windsor Castle Park is a 208-acre riverside park. Dedicated in May of 2010, the park features a woodland trail system, picnic and open area space, dog park, kayak/canoe launch, fishing pier, mountain bike path, scenic overlooks and the historic manor house — Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle Farm was originally part of a 1450 acre parcel patented in 1637 by Arthur Smith, and ancestor of the town’s founder, Arthur Smith IV.
There are easily over 10-miles of trails that take you throughout the Yorktown Battlefields, Historic Yorktown, and around Wormley Pond. Plus, you can transition over to Newport News Park at George Washington’s Headquarters for even more mileage!
Yorktown Victory Center