Newport News Park Bikeway

Virginia

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Newport News Park Bikeway Facts

States: Virginia
Counties: Newport News, York
Length: 5.3 miles
Trail end points: 13564 Jefferson Ave. and Crawford Rd./SR 637
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone, Dirt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7423052

Newport News Park Bikeway Description

The Newport News Park Bikeway offers a pleasant 5-mile loop through southern Virginia woodlands. The unpaved trail takes you through the 8,000-acre park and offers a connection to Colonial National Historical Park, where you can visit George Washington's headquarters at the Yorktown Battlefield. Other recreational activities in the park include: archery, golf, fishing, hiking and mountain biking.

Bikes can be rented at the park's campsite office. Note that young children are required to wear a helmet on the trail.

Parking and Trail Access

A parking lot is available past the campground office at 13564 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News (Interstate 64 Exit 250B).

Newport News Park Bikeway Reviews

Shady almost all day

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Nice 5 mile ride under the trees. Take the turn for the George Washington site about 1/2 way around the loop. From there you can hop on a paved road with many historical markers. If you take the fork that leads to Yorktown you can continue less than 2 more miles to the Yorktown National Cemetery and all the way to Historical Yorktown and the beachfront. Pack a lunch and eat at one of the picnic benches in the grassy area by the water. Public bathrooms available. Total ride was 17 miles round trip with the Yorktown cruise through the historical homes.

ABSOLUTELY PERFECT GRAVEL TRAIL

s

Nice and peaceful 5mile loop!

Can Be Extended to Yorktown Battlefield for a 20 mile ride

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A lovely quiet 5 mile loop trail thru pretty woods. The bonus to this trail is that it can be extended into Yorktown Battlefield for enjoying a historic area and biking a 20-mile day. Half way thru the loop there is a small sign for "Washington Headquarters". A small path thru the woods leads to the Yorktown Battlefield scenic loop trail. This is a paved one way road for automobiles to auto tour the battlefield. A nice historic ride ends up at the small town of Yorktown along the York River. There are several restaurants, but we like the Yorktown Pub a little south of the main town. The historic middle of town is closed to automobile traffic and easy to explore. By taking the Yorktown River Walk which leads to the new Yorktown visitor's center and taking the French Encampment loop of the battlefield tour on the way home we ended with 21 miles for the day.

Nice, secluded, semi-challenging ride

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This trail offers plenty of hills to change gears. The terrain is mostly dirt/gravel/pine straw. There were a few muddy areas, but that's common for most trails after some rainy days. The trail itself is nice and wide (car lane size) and from the parking lot, start to finish, equals 5.3 miles.

A campground uses the area for archery, biking, etc, but we hardly ever came past someone on the trail. There are 2 buildings with bathrooms, one at the parking lot and one further down past the campers. Though there were only 1 or 2 benches along the bike trail, it offered some side trails that we ventured off to. There's a sign for "Washington Memorial" that takes you off of the main trail and into a tiny path that opens to a small parking lot, and up on a hill is what looks like a gravestone.

All in all, this trail is relaxing and fun. The gear changing hills are semi-challenging, and I love how secluded I feel when we're back there - like we've escaped from the real world lol. We like to ride down near the water (near the parking lot) to cool down and take in the scenery.

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