Outdoor Walking Trails to Enjoy in Hampton
Immerse yourself in nature as you discover the scenic walking trails that Hampton has to offer. From the sound of waves crashing against the shore to the rustling of leaves overhead, these walking trails offer a sensory escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take a break outdoors with a walk along the beach or amongst the trees. Whether you’re a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or simply looking for a peaceful retreat, Hampton’s walking trails will not disappoint. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to explore the natural wonders of Hampton, VA, one step at a time.
Walking Distance: 12 miles of nature trails
Hampton’s premier park has 11 different trail systems for you to walk, run, or bike. These trails are filled with wildlife, water views, and soft surfaces.
Along with its many trails and dog park, Sandy Bottom Nature Park is also known for its environmental education and wildlife management facility. Plan your walk around your pet, a nature program, or fishing break. With so much to explore, you will have to take several visits to for the full adventure.
Walking Distance: Short fitness trail
Gosnold’s Hope Park is the second largest park in the City of Hampton and features many opportunities for being active. It creates the perfect backdrop for active kids and adults of all ages. With a fitness trail, athletic fields, children’s playground, kayak launch, and fitness area, there is always something to see and explore. ADA Accessible.
Walking Distance: Approx. .4 miles from entrance to beachfront.
A beautiful one-way trail that navigates from the marshy entrance to the Chesapeake Bay beachfront. The Preserve is a great location to beach comb, observe the migratory birds, and take nature photography.
NOTE: When searching your GPS, choose the option that says ‘Trail Access.’ There is only street parking which is on the right side of State Park Drive. There are NO facilities at this location.
Walking Distance: 2 ¼ mile linear trail
A new trail in Hampton, Waterwalk at Central Park is perfect for a stroll at any time of the day. Walkers, runners, and bikers of all ages are welcome to explore this hidden path.
This shared, multi-use path creates an exciting and safe experience for pedestrians and bicyclists. One end of the park is accessible at Coliseum Drive, running behind Hampton Coliseum and Coliseum Lake to help soothe shoppers, convention attendees and concert-goers, visitors to nearby Bluebird Gap Farm, area workers, and joggers.
At the other end, behind Air Power Park, a raised wooden walkway provides a quiet nature observation deck with views of Newmarket Creek, where wildlife abounds. Visitors may see herons, egrets, redwing blackbirds and various types of crabs.
Walking Distance: 3.9 miles out and back
The Chesapeake Bay creates a beautiful backdrop for your daily exercise. This trail is great for all skill levels, and the view only makes it better. While on your walk, take time to learn about Fort Monroe’s impact on Hampton history, with markers around the fort. Fort Monroe Seawall Trail is open year-round for visitors and residents to enjoy.
Looking for something else? These are also great places for short walks and enjoying the outdoors:
- Buckroe Beach & Park – Bay front park with ¾ mile of clean beach
- Matteson Trail – is located at The Hampton’s Golf Course and encircles the course
- Mill Point Park – ADA Accessible
Walking Trails with Your Dog
Most public outdoor areas will allow you to bring your well-behaved dog on a leash. City-owned dog parks do require you to register your pet, which you can do at Sandy Bottom Nature Park or City Hall. You will need a copy of your shots records.
Specific rules vary by location, and there may be additional rules seasonally (typically including no dogs on the beach April or May until Sept. 15). Contact locations ahead of time to ensure a mutually enjoyable trip with your furry friend!