Local Events

38th Annual Community Forum on Aging

Peninsula Agency on Aging will be presenting the 38th Annual Community Forum on Aging, taking place at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA on Wednesday, March 4th from 8:00am– 2:00pm.

The Community Forum on Aging is a health and well-being event featuring informative workshops, exhibitors, and a Wellness Café with free health screenings.

The event will feature key note speaker, Billie Jordan, known affectionately as the 'Granny Whisperer' is the Founder of the Hip Op-eration Crew, a hip hop dance crew of members aged 65 to 96 years old. Billie established the dance crew, after experiencing repeated trauma, to ignite the potential of the senior citizens in her neighborhood. Billie was awarded a Queens Honour in 2016, was New Zealand Woman of the Year in 2016/2017 and won the New Zealander of the Year award in the Local Hero category in 2015. She has spoken at prestigious events around the globe including Scotland, Canada and Australia and has delivered a Ted Talk to critical acclaim. She is the star of an award winning feature documentary film Hip Op-eration, which has screened in cinemas all over the world, and now Hollywood plan on making her story into a block buster movie. Hear how Billie transformed people's lives by igniting the potential of the senior citizens in her community through a renewed sense of purpose.

Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism Programs

GLOUCESTER PARKS, RECREATION AND TOURISM

COMMODORE THEATER

Parks, Recreation and Tourism is sponsoring a trip to see a movie at the Commodore Theater in Portsmouth on Wednesday, March 11.  We don’t know what movie will play that day yet.  We will call all those registered, let them know what the movie is, then give them two days to pay and complete registration.  Registration deadline is March 4.

 

GYMNASTICS

Parks, Recreation and Tourism is sponsoring Gymnastics classes for age 3 through 18 at Botetourt and Abingdon.  Botetourt classes begin on Tuesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 5.  Abingdon classes begin on March 5.  Beginner and Intermediate classes are offered, check our online registration for current availability, https://rec.gloucesterva.info.  Begin dates are the deadline.

 

WORKING ON WELLNESS-BODY RENEW

Parks, Recreation and Tourism is offering a new fitness program for Seniors, age 55 and older.  Combine mild cardio, gentle stretching, resistance strength training and balance retaining for the perfect fitness plan.  Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:45 am at the PRT Office, 6382 Main Street.  The fee is $33 for March (3,10,17,24,31) and the deadline to register is March 1.

 

ZUMBA

Parks, Recreation and Tourism sponsors ZUMBA at Achilles on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15-7:15 pm.  This total workout includes great music and lots of fun!  Drop-in fee is $6 per class, Punchcards are available for 5 classes, $25 or 10 classes $50.

 

 

For more information on these and other activities call PRT at 804-693-2355, email prt@gloucesterva.info or stop by our office 6489 Main Street, Suite 303.  For online registration visit https://rec.gloucesterva.info

York County's 2020 Cabin Fever Concert Series

York County is excited to release its 2020 Cabin Fever Concert Series line-up and introduce some new acts to its premier waterfront venue. The six-week series is held on Thursday evenings in the Freight Shed at Riverwalk Landing, offering an intimate setting coupled with a spectacular view of the York River.  The series features six great bands in concert from January 30th to March 5th.  Doors open no earlier than 6:30 p.m. and each concert starts promptly at 7 p.m. Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to arrive early. Coffee and desserts are graciously provided by Carrot Tree—complimentary to all guests in attendance.

 

·        March 5th: Poisoned Dwarf is a five-piece band that performs traditional Irish music using Uilleann pipes, an Irish flute, whistle, button accordion, fiddle, guitar, banjo, and Bodhran. Expect Irish Jigs, reels and polkas during this performance.

 

 

Additional Event Info:

·        www.visityorktown.org

·        York County Tourism Development:  (757) 890-3500

·        Weather Event Hotline:  (757) 890-3520

·        Facebook, Instagram & Twitter:  Visit Yorktown

 

This concert series is sponsored by York County.

Arts At Abingdon Concert Series

Concert at Abingdon Church features:

 

Benjamin Sheen, Organ

Friday, March 6, 2020 7:00 PM

 

Abingdon Episcopal Church, on Route 17 in White Marsh, Gloucester County, will be hosting the Benjamin Sheen from England in the 4th concert this season in the Arts at Abingdon Concert Series, our 33rd year. The concert will be held Friday March 6th, at 7:00 pm at the church. Admission is free but a free-will offering will be accepted.

 

Benjamin Sheen, newly appointed sub-organist at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, England, is one of the UK’s brightest young organists. Hailed as ‘brilliant' by the New York Times, he is the 2013 winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize in the inaugural Longwood Gardens Organ Competition and received Second Prize and the Jon Laukvik prize at the St. Alban’s International Organ Competition 2013. After seven years in New York City as Associate Organist at Saint Thomas Church in New York City, Mr. Sheen has accepted the post of Sub-Organist at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, UK beginning January 2020.

Ben began his musical career as a chorister for six years at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, under the direction of John Scott, during which time he gained a music scholarship to Eton College. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the Juilliard School and is also a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and the 2011 recipient of the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

For More Information:

Abingdon Church Parish Office: (804) 693-3035, Alisa Bohon, Artistic Director

 

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FRIDAY LENTEN FISH DINNERS SCHEDULE

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

2020

FRIDAY LENTEN FISH DINNERS SCHEDULE

 

Friday, March 6th:               FISH DINNER

Two (2) Pieces of Fried Flounder w/ Corn Bread, Cole-Slaw, Baked Beans, Dessert, and a drink.

 

Friday, March 20th:        CRAB CAKE DINNER

Two (2) Famous Knights of Columbus Crab Cakes w/ Baked Apples, Tossed Salad, French Fries, Dessert and a drink.

 

Friday April 3rd:       SHRIMP DINNER

Fried Shrimp w/ Hush Puppies, String Beans, Macaroni & Cheese, Dessert and a drink.

 

All dinners are at the Father van den Boogaard Hall in West Point from 5pm to 8pm.  Meals may be eaten at the Hall or taken to go.

 

$12  -  Adults          $6  -  Children (10 years old & under)

 

For tickets, see members of the Knights of Columbus

or call 804-512-9701

(Tickets will be available at the door while supplies last; however we tend to sell out, so get your tickets early!!!!!)

2020 Horticultural Extravaganza

Register now for 2020 Horticultural Extravaganza


Beginning and advanced gardeners are invited to attend the 2020 Horticultural Extravaganza on Saturday, March 7th, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Tabb High School, 4431 Big Bethel Road, Yorktown.  The Extravaganza features educational classes, vendors, exhibitors, and more! This year’s keynote speaker is Joseph Tychonievich, author and plant breeder. The registration fee is $25.00 (includes lunch).  Visit https://york.ext.vt.edu/ to learn more information on classes and to obtain the registration form. Additional information is available by calling (757) 890-4940.  York-Poquoson Cooperative Extension Office is located in the Washington Square Shopping Center, Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact the Extension office at 757-890-4940/TDD* during business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event. *TDD number is (800) 828-1120

North River Circle of The King's Daughters Charitable Rummage Sale

The North River Circle of the King's Daughters Charitable Rummage Sale will be held on Friday, March 13th from 5-7 p.m.(Early Bird) and on Saturday, March 14th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Abingdon Episcopal Church in White Marsh.

All proceeds go towards the King's Daughters, Bread for Life, G.U.E.S.T. Program, Samaritan Group, Mattaponi Health Clinic and other 20 plus charities that they support.

Cash, checks and credit cards are welcomed and there is plenty of parking!

 

RCC RILL Course Explores the Importance of Bees

RCC RILL Course Explores the Importance of Bees

 

Discover the essential relationship that exists between humans and honeybees and what can be done to protect and support them. Rappahannock Community College’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) will feature “Honeybees: A Look Inside and Outside the Hive” March 25th, April 1st and 8th (Wednesdays) from 1 pm to 3 pm at RCC’s Kilmarnock Center.

 

Bees are the great pollinators but their numbers are declining. Join Catherine Bennett, co-founder of the Northern Neck Beekeeper Club, as she takes you on a journey inside and outside the hive. Learn how bees interact and work within their hive and how to create habitats conducive to bees. You’ll also learn why bees are important—not just for honey.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35 is required. For more information on “Honeybees” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Michele Inderrieden at 804-333-6824 or e-mail minderrieden@rappahannock.edu. You can also register at www.rappahannock.edu/rill.

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury for their generous support of RILL and to the partnership with VCB’s Golden Advantage.

 

Riverside Walter Reed Hospital

Riverside Walter Reed Hospital presents “Nutrition and Physical Activity During and After Cancer Treatment” on Wednesday, April 8th from 5-6 p.m. This program is full of helpful information to get patients on the right nutrition track. The one-hour program teaches you how to maximize your nutrition during and after cancer treatment. You'll also learn how good nutrition benefits your health and well-being. The group facilitator is a registered dietitian who talks about how to manage side effects that affect nutrition and the best food choices for survivorship. Time is allotted for you to ask questions and talk about nutrition concerns with dietitians who specialize in cancer nutrition. This program follows the American Cancer Society guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention.We encourage caregivers, family, and friends to attend. This free program is open to the community; attendees do not have to be Riverside patients. Preregistration is required; please register for the class you want to attend. For more information visit  https://riversideonline.com/events/Upcoming-Events.cfm?id=150

2020 Clean Gloucester Day is Coming

Clean Gloucester Day is Coming!

 

Spring 2020 Clean Gloucester Day will be held Saturday, March 28.  Let’s get our county tidied up before Daffodil Fest!

 

Community members can now sign up online to register their Clean Gloucester Day groups: https://tinyurl.com/CGDay2019 . Using the signup form, participants can indicate their choice of picking up their supplies at the staging area Saturday morning, or at the Clean Community Office during the month before the event.  Cleanups can be completed anytime during the month of March to be counted toward the Clean Gloucester Day totals.

 

This time, the staging area will be located at Building One, 6467 Main Street.  There will be a tent on the front lawn for equipment pick-up from 8 am-12 noon, and a large roll off container behind the building for volunteers to bring the bags of trash they collect. Borrowed equipment can be returned to the staging area same day, or to the Parks offices during business hours in the days following the event.

 

The Gloucester Clean Community office provides bags, buckets, grabbers, and safety vests for this event, and for other cleanups throughout Gloucester County.

 

Questions? Contact Clean Community Coordinator Elisabeth Wilkins at cleancommunity@gloucesterva.info or 804-693-5370. If you cannot sign up online, give Elisabeth a phone call and she can do the signup for you.

A Dinner Theatre and Magic Show Benefitting GMHS

A Dinner Theatre and Magic Show

Benefitting GMHS will be held on Saturday, April18th at the Moose Family Center, 6565 Moose Lane.

Dinner served at 5:30 PM with Magic Show beginning at 7:00 PM. Dinner theatre tickets: Adults $20; children 16 and under $12. Tickets for magic show only: Adults $12; children 16 and under $8.

Tickets available at Office Supply, Golden Creations, and GMHS Front Desk.

For further information, call Moose Family Center at (804) 693-3899

 

Mathews May Faire 2020

MATHEWS TO HONOR COUNTY’S WATERMEN

AT MAY FAIRE SPRING HERITAGE FESTIVAL

 

"Celebrating our Mathews Water Heritage," a tribute to the county’s oystermen, fishermen, crabbers and clammers is the focus at Mathews County's 4th annual spring festival, Saturday,May 2nd.  

Mathews County enjoys a rich, nationally recognized history of brave watermen and seamen which will be recognized by the community on May 2. The theme honors the county’s water legacy and the people who worked the water. As the county’s spring heritage festival,  May Faire is dedicated to celebrating the county’s heritage in a way that the community can enjoy with friends and family, while learning its past.

“Conversations with our Watermen” will be a featured segment of the day’s activities. At 11:00 in the historic Court House, a group of experienced watermen who plied the waters, will share their stories with the audience. May Faire began as an annual event in 2017 and has each year, concentrated on a segment of the county’s history.

Also featured are the traditional May Pole dance at 1:30, performed by the Bayside Youth Ballet,  a pound cake contest, and a festival King and Queen, this year’s honorees drawn from nominations of people age 80 and older. Antique boats will be displayed on the local streets.

Inside the museum at 200 Main Street is a Mariners’ art show, a model boat show, and “A County Fair Reimagined” that will invite adults as well as youth, to enter handwork and food products. Visit www.mathewsvamuseum.org for more details, or contact us at mathewsmayfaire@gmail.com  

MAY FAIRE 2020

CELEBRATING OUR MATHEWS WATER HERITAGE

MAY 2, 2020 ----on the Court Green---- 9:30 TO 4:30

9:00 am      Indoors at the Mathews Historical Museum, 200 Main Street

*County Fair Reimagined--arts & crafts, juried show. Entrants may apply at www.mathewsvamuseum.org or mayfairemathews@gmail *Model boat show *Mariners Art display   *Knot Board display  *RAFFLE BASKET of water themed items!  *Pound Cake Contest

 

*10:00 am     Opening ceremonies, on stage

*Music throughout the day

*Crafts and food vendors open all day

*Demonstrations and displays of water related skills, on the Court Green

*Antique Boat Show—on the street

*11:00 am  “CONVERSATIONS”     Honoring our county’s water legacy and the people who worked the water. At the historic Court House, conversations with a cross section of our   county watermen sharing their life stories. A major feature of our 4th annual spring heritage festival. This program will be videotaped for later posting online. Early seating is suggested.

*1:30 pm   May Pole Dance—a May Faire tradition! Performed by the Bayside Youth Ballet returning for their 4th year.

MORE DETAILS AND EXCITING EVENTS TO COME! 

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Virginia 4 p.m. Burn Law

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) is reminding Virginians that the 4 p.m. burn law is in effect.

 

This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. every day from now until Thursday,  April 30th if the fire is within 300 feet of woodland, brush or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

 

“The 4 p.m. Burn Law is one of the most effective tools we have in the prevention of wildfires,” VDOF Director of Fire and Emergency Response John Miller said in a news release. “In late winter and early spring, downed trees, branches and leaves become ‘forest fuel’ that increase the danger of a forest fire. By adhering to the law and not burning before 4 p.m., people are less likely to start a fire that threatens them, their property and the forests of Virginia.”

 

The 4 p.m. time frame is based on environmental factors, because after that time, the winds are likely to be calmer, temperatures decrease and humidity increases. These all contribute to safer burning conditions, according to the release.

 

“The leading cause of forest fires in Virginia is carelessness. An unattended fire, a trailer chain dragging on the asphalt or a single match can ignite the dry fuels that are so prevalent in the early spring. Add a few days of dry, windy conditions and an escaped wildfire can quickly turn into a raging blaze,” Miller said in the release.

 

VDOF also reminds Virginians that it is critical to exercise sound judgment when burning throughout the year because it may not be wise to burn if it has not rained in several days, the winds are high, or if you do not have the tools and equipment to contain or control your fire.

 

Click here for more information on how to protect yourself and property or to get a copy of the Forest Fire Laws.

Volunteer Opportunites for Gloucester Residents

There are several volunteer opportunities available for Gloucester residents interested in serving their community. Gloucester County is looking for citizens to serve on several local committees, as there are a number of vacancies and not enough people to fill them.

 

Gloucester County Board of Supervisors regularly seeks citizens on these board-appointed groups that advise and assist the governing body with many aspects of County government.

Currently, volunteers are needed to serve on the Board of Social Services, the Historical Committee, the Parks, Recreation Advisory Committee (representative needed from Abingdon Magisterial District), the Utilities Advisory Committee (representative needed from the York Magisterial District), and countywide residents to serve on the Telecommunications Committee.

 

If interested in becoming involved in local government and helping to serve the community, consider submitting your information to the Gloucester County Volunteer Board Bank, which provides members fo the board of supervisors with the names and background information of interested citizens. To do so, visit www.gloucesterva.info (click on Board of Supervisors/Boards and Commissions); or call the County's Community Engagement and Public Information Office at 804-693-5730.

2020 Gloucester County Tuesday Blood Drive Schedule

Be a part of a lifesaving journey. Donate blood. The 2020 Gloucester County Tuesday Blood Drive Schedule is listed below.

To schedule an appointment please visit redcross.org and enter sponsor code GCVa or call Mary Beth at 757-876-7046.

 

Newport News Park

12 Things You May Not Know About Newport News Park 

In 1966, the City of Newport News created a watershed around Lee Hall Reservoir to protect the quality of its water. That watershed was developed into Newport News Park. Since then, it’s been a gem in our city, providing trails, shade, a huge variety of wildlife, and much more. So much more, that you probably don’t even know about all this amazing park has to offer. We’ve outlined the Top 12 things you need to know about Newport News Park that will get you planning your next trip there as soon as possible!

1. It’s HUGE

One of the largest municipal parks in the United States, Newport News Park is nine times larger than New York City’s Central Park! At 7,711 acres, Newport News Park is an oasis in the middle of a large metropolitan city. The park is so large that it has its very own campground! 

2. It’s a great place to camp

Campers and outdoor enthusiasts find Newport News Park’s campground the perfect retreat. Its 188 campsites are spaciously arranged throughout the park’s natural woodlands. Camp here and you’ll be surrounded by many of the comforts of home, including electricity, heated showers, a laundry room, a small store for food and supplies, and 24-hour security. And, needless to say, pets are welcome, too!

3. It has an aero-model flying field 

Did you know that Newport News Park has an aero-model flying field? What’s that, you may ask? It’s a place for model aviation enthusiasts to fly their radio-controlled aircraft. The busiest flying times are usually Saturday and Sunday afternoons, weather permitting. The field has a paved 400-foot runway and a spacious 30-acre flyover area, along with bleachers for visitors and spectators.

4. It has miles of trails

The park also offers more than 30 miles of trails through forest, field, and marshland – with many native species to observe in their natural habitat. As you can imagine, the park is home to an incredible variety of native wildlife – deer, fox, raccoon and beaver, to name a few – all found in a thriving setting filled with lush woodlands, flowering meadows, and shimmering lakes. 

5. It has a center to rehabilitate wildlife 

The park even has a state- and federally licensed wildlife rehabilitation program, located at the Discovery Center. The staff there provides care to hundreds of injured or orphaned animals annually, enabling the animals to return to their natural environments, healthy and self-sufficient. We like to think of the Discovery Center as a “temporary haven” for wildlife when they’re most in need. The center also has numerous educational exhibits on display, which are open to the public.

6. You can rent a bike for $3

If you enjoy cycling, bring your own bike or rent one from the campsite office to hit the park’s popular 5.3-mile hard-packed, flat-surface multi-use trail. Newport News Park shares a long stretch of border with the Colonial National Historical Park and several of the park's biking and hiking trails cross over into this historical area.

7. It has ties to the Civil War

Speaking of history, did you know that Newport News Park is the site of some of the best preserved Civil War fortifications, earthworks and redoubts in Virginia? During the American Civil War, the park was the site of Battle of Dam No. 1. In the days prior to the battle, Confederate forces constructed rifle pits and other earthworks from which they held off the Union Army.  Because of this, the park is a designated stop on the official Virginia Civil War Trails network.

8. It has numerous playgrounds and horseshoe pits

Families with small children will be happy to know that Newport News Park has FOUR playgrounds, including one specifically made for younger children (found in Picnic Area 2). With four certified courts for horseshoes, there’s no better place than Newport News Park to play horseshoes, too, especially if you want to keep your own lawn back home pristine! Just remember to bring your own horseshoes, as the park does not provide them.

9. It boasts archery, golf, and a Japanese Peace Garden!

Additionally, it has an archery range, two 18-hole golf courses, and an 18-hole championship disc golf course in the arboretum area. Floral gardens at the park include a Japanese Peace Garden with an authentic tea house!

10.  It’s a great place to go fishing

For water enthusiasts, fishing is permitted in two large freshwater lakes, along with canoe, paddleboat, and Jon boat rentals. And don’t worry about bringing your own paddles, oars, or personal flotation devices – they’re all included in the rental.

11.  There’s a team-building course 

Organized groups looking for a physical and a mental challenge are invited to make a reservation to take the park’s “Ropes & Initiatives Course.” It features a progression of more difficult tasks, similar to an obstacle course. It can be a powerful tool for enhancing group dynamics.  

12.   There are lots of FREE programs there

 

OK, now that we know what Newport News Park has to offer, let’s talk about the many FREE programs scheduled there on a regular basis! Who knew the park offered the following activities?  

1. Archery Safety Lessons – A park ranger presents this one-hour presentation to teach general archery safety tips and discuss the rules and regulations specific to Newport News Park. You’ll also learn more about the art of archery. Call 757-888-3333 for dates and to register.

 2. Bird Walks – Since 1965, the Hampton Roads Bird Club has monitored the park’s bird population on a regular basis. Join club members in the parking lot of Picnic Area 1 at 7 a.m. every first and third Sunday of the month for some early morning birding. Take a stroll through the park and see what interesting species of birds live here. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars!

3. Friday Night Adventures – Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you can bring your family to the Discovery Center at Newport News Park every Friday evening to learn about some of the amazing living creatures that make their homes in and around the park. Meet a park naturalist to discover facts about some of the park’s natural and historical features through nature walks, themed presentations, and hands-on activities. Topics range from beavers, snakes, and owls to bats, opossums, deer, raccoons, and other creatures inhabiting the park. 

4. Hayrides – Hop on a Saturday evening hayride to explore the park’s beautiful and diverse forest habitats. These family friendly adventures are led by park staff. Hayrides, which depart from the campsite office, are offered on select Saturday evenings between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Rides are free, but tickets are required and distributed at the Campsite Office on a first-come, first-served basis starting 30 minutes before each departure time.

5. Story and a Walk – Enjoy a fun nature story at the Discovery Center in Newport News Park and then take a short walk to discover what you can find around the park. Targeted toward preschool children and their caregivers, this program is held at 10 a.m. every second Wednesday of the month. 

6. Walking Club – This free walking program was created for adults over age 55 who want to get fit or stay fit. Walk through some of the parks most beautiful trails at 10 a.m. every Friday. Call 757-812-7905 to register.

Obviously, the only challenge you’ll have in visiting Newport News Park is selecting among all the fun programs and numerous things to do there! If you opt for one of the programmed activities, call first because a few of these activities are only offered during the summer months. For questions or additional information, call Newport News Park at 757-886-7912.

 

Riverside Hospice Agencies

Riverside Hospice Agencies are looking for volunteers for the Tappahannock and Gloucester offices. They are in need of patient companion volunteers, bereavement and spiritual support volunteers. 8 hours of free training is required and broken up in to two 4 hour days. Criminal background check and Tuberculosis test(covered by Riverside) are also required.

Becoming a hospice volunteer is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself and others.

For more information call Frannie Bernard @ 804-443-6130, 804-693-1111 or email to frances.bernard@rivhs.com.

GCPS Screening For Preschoolers

Gloucester County Public Schools conducts screenings for preschool children as part of their Child Find Activities throughout the school year. Parents/guardians should consider having their children screened if they are experiencing difficulty walking, talking, playing and meeting developmental milestones.

 

Newport News Tourism

Newport News Tourism adds Bike Trails to its Website

Cycling is a hobby that can be enjoyed year-round in Coastal Virginia! As such, Newport News Tourism is happy to announce that a new online resource is now available for cyclists to find a variety of bike trails in the city. The trails, which have been added to our website, are separated into three categories: Road biking, Recreational biking, and Mountain biking.

 The trails cover many miles of local terrain, with varying degrees of difficulty. From a leisurely 2-mile paved trail in Riverview Farm Park to the beginner/advanced/expert mountain bike trails in Harwood’s Mill, there is something for all outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy!

A brief description of the six trails is provided, each elaborating on the scenic river views, wooded parks, historic homes, museums, lakefront areas, bridges, and urban streets you’re likely to encounter. 

Maps are available in two formats: Downloadable PDF files that can be printed and online/interactive maps accessible from the web.  The maps can be useful for planning your route in advance and include the following:

Road biking Route 1 – Local Favorite – 8 miles Route 1 – City Tour – 21 miles

Recreational biking Riverview Farm Park – 2 miles Newport News Park – 5.3 miles

Mountain biking Lake Maury Natural Area – 5 miles Harwood’s Mill – 5.9 miles

To make sure everyone takes the typical precautions when biking, we’ve also included a “Bike Safety” tab on the website, which includes basic bicycle rules of the road and cycling tips. For more information, click on “Bike Trails” from the home page of our website at www.newport-news.org.

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