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Newport News Park

Description

Newport News Park is comprised of 7,711 acres surrounding two reservoirs. Seven hiking trails totaling approximately 35 miles pass through the park’s swamps, marshes, and woodlands. Boats may be rented to explore the shores of Lee Hall, the larger of the two reservoirs. This is a popular park with local birders, who have seen over 200 species within the park. Both spring and fall migrations bring about the presence of various flycatchers, warblers, tanagers, vireos, and thrushes. Winter birding is excellent as waterfowl such as tundra swans and wood ducks fill the reservoirs. Rusty blackbirds and a variety of sparrows haunt the woodlands and grassy edges. In summer, a variety of dragonflies, damselflies, and butterflies, as well as any of the area’s 60 species of reptiles and amphibians can be encountered. Visitors should inquire about bird walks led twice a month by volunteers from the Hampton Road Bird Club.

Directions

Physical Address: 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23603

From Williamsburg, head east on I-64, take exit 250B for VA-105 E/Ft Eustis Blvd toward Yorktown, turn left onto Old Stable Rd to enter the park, turn right or left on Constitution Way, and follow it to one of the many parking areas. To reach the Campsite Office trailhead from Williamsburg, head east on I-64, take exit 247 for VA-143, turn left onto VA-143 E, and turn left onto Campsite Dr. 

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Park Headquarters: (757) 886-7912, campground: (757) 888-3333, Discovery Center: (757) 886-7916
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily, Sunrise-Sunset; Fee to camp

Birds Recently Seen at Newport News Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Canada Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • Mallard
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Visitor/Nature Center
  • Bike Trails
  • Camping
  • Food
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Primitive Camping
  • Canoe/Kayak Rentals