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The Mariners’ Museum Park is 550 acres of privately maintained, naturally wooded property that surrounds the 167-acre Lake Maury, named for the famed 19th-century oceanographer and native Virginian, Matthew Fontaine Maury.
Following the shoreline of Lake Maury is the five-mile Noland Trail, dedicated as a gift from the Noland Family in 1991. With the family’s significant ongoing financial support, the trail provides handicap access, fourteen bridges offering nice vantage points for birding and wildlife viewing, benches at approximately every half-mile, and is well-marked with mile markers. Views of Lake Maury can be found around every corner. Birders will enjoy possible sightings of diverse bird species including woodpeckers, woodland songbirds, wading birds, bald eagles, migrating warblers, and wintering waterfowl.
The famous Lions Bridge, a dam that provides a breathtaking view of the James River, remains a scenic highlight for visitors. The beauty of the dam is enhanced by several fine pieces of statuary designed by Anna Hyatt Huntington, sculptor and wife of Museum founder Archer Milton Huntington. Four stone lions were mounted on the ends of the parapets of the dam in October 1932. Anna also created and dedicated a monument entitled “Conquering the Wild” that overlooks the Lions Bridge, the park, and Lake Maury.
Physical Address: 100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606
From I-64 in Williamsburg, take exit 258-A. Travel 2.5 miles to the intersection of Warwick Blvd. and J. Clyde Morris Blvd. (Avenue of the Arts). Continue straight through the intersection and take your first left onto Museum Drive, the Museum entrance is directly ahead.
From I-664 North, take the 35th Street exit and merge to Warwick Blvd. Follow Warwick Blvd. to the J. Clyde Morris (Avenue of the Arts) intersection and turn left onto Avenue of the Arts. Take your first left onto Museum Drive, the Museum entrance is directly ahead
From the Previous Site on the Lower Peninsula Loop of the VBWT:
From Newport News Park, return to the intersection of SR 143 and SR 105. Turn right on SR 105 and follow the entrance ramp onto I-64 East. Travel for 9 miles to exit 258A/J. Clyde Morris Boulevard/US 17 south, turn right, and continue 2.5 miles. Cross Jefferson Avenue and Warwick Boulevard into the park entrance ahead.
Location & DirectionsView on Google Maps
- Site Contact: (757) 591-7741, edeale@MarinersMuseum.org
- Access: Park is Free and Open Daily, Fee for the Museum
Seasonal Bird Observations
- Visitor/Nature Center
- Handicap Accessible
- Hiking Trails
- Observation Platform