10 Best Walking Paths In Peninsula Area
It's time to lace up those sneakers has a list for walkers, wannabe runners, joggers, marathoners and everyone in between. Check out 10 walks in the Peninsula area that will expose you to scenic views and give you a taste of Hampton Roads life.
1. Beaverdam Park
Take a walk around a scenic lake and soak up the sounds of the gentle waves or prepare for a long hike at Gloucester's Beaverdam Park. The park features 9.5 miles of multi-use trails open to walkers, bikers and horseback riders. A hikers' only trail loops around for three miles while a nature trail contains stops to study the area's fauna.
Where: 8687 Roaring Springs Road, Gloucester. A second entrance is located at 9537 Fary's Mill Road.
2. Duke of Gloucester Street
Take in the sights of Colonial Williamsburg, and maybe grab some ice cream, while walking along Duke of Gloucester Street. The main thoroughfare for the historic area is open to the public and allows for a relaxing walk while looking at the historic homes and structures. Just make sure to watch out for horse droppings.
Where: Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg.
3. Fort Monroe
Take in the sights of the Chesapeake Bay on one side and the historic structures of Fort Monroe on the other along the fort's seawall. This path will take you by the historic Chamberlin to the many boats that dock at the fort and several historic buildings from the former military outpost.
Where: 20 Fenwick Road, Fort Monroe.
4. Historic Yorktown
Stroll through Historic Yorktown or take a walk along Yorktown beach's brick walking path at Riverwalk Landing. Sidewalks run down Main Street and weave past the Yorktown Victory Monument, local businesses, sandy shores and Revolutionary War battlefields. It also takes you near the recently renovated American Revolution Museum.
Where: 703 Main Street, Yorktown.
5. Newport News Park
Open daily from sunrise to sunset, Newport News Park boasts 30 miles of trails that intersect with the forest, wetlands and fields. The 7,711 acre park is home to natural wildlife and one of the largest east of the Mississippi River.
Where: 13564 Jefferson Ave., Newport News.
6. Noland Trail
Enjoy five miles of a quiet, shaded walking trail along Lake Maury. The trail features mile markers, scenic water views and 14 bridges, including Lions Bridge that overlooks the James River. The trail begins at Mariners' Museum Park. Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Where: 100 Museum Drive, Newport News.
7. Poquoson Museum
The museum grounds include a one-mile loop walking area called Marsh Walk Nature Trail. The trail overlooks a salt marsh and the Back River, running along Topping Creek. It includes boardwalks, observation decks and walkers also can enjoy the view of museum's Poquoson Learning Garden.
Where: 968 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson.
8. Sandy Bottom Nature Park
Hampton's 456 acre wildlife facility includes 12 miles of walking trails. The trails are geared toward nature lovers who will encounter forests, flowers and marshes along the way. Stop by the park's observation tower or enjoy a picnic in one of its five picnic areas.
Where: 1255 Big Bethel Road, Hampton.
9. Waller Mill Reservoir
This 2,700-acre park is situated around a lake just off of Route 60 in Williamsburg. More than six miles of trails are available that will take visitors through wooded areas and along the water. Make sure to check out Lookout Tower for sweeping views of the water and woodlands.
Where: 901 Airport Road, Williamsburg.
10. Windsor Castle Park
Close to four miles of trails wind through wooded areas, creeks and parks at Windsor Castle Park in Isle of Wight. The trails feature five pedestrian bridges and overlook areas to look out onto the landscape.
Where: 301 Jericho Road, Smithfield.