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Outdoor Adventures for the Whole Family and Civil War Buff, in Newport News, Virginia

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Outdoor Adventures for the Whole Family and the Civil War Buff in Newport News, Va.

Swim, Bike, Hike, Fish, Play… When you discover the Civil War in Newport News, you can also discover our great outdoors! From our 8,000-acre park to our unique paddleboats, we have recreational activities for everyone in the family. Some of our 45 miles of hiking and biking trails will take you past Civil War fortifications, while others offer beautiful river views.

If mountain biking is more your thing, test out the two trails at Harwood’s Mill. You can go fishing at Lee Hall Reservoir in Newport News Park, site of the 1862 Battle of Dam No. 1, and at Lake Maury at The Mariners’ Museum. One of the longest fishing piers on the East Coast is also a great spot for anglers.

Choose your irons as you challenge fifty-four holes of great golf on three Newport News courses, including the Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run, currently rated 4 stars by Golf Digest. The summer months are great for swimming or playing beach volleyball at Huntington Park and year-round at our Olympic-size pool. And for a little more soft adventure, try disc golf or geocaching.

For more about outdoor adventures in Newport News, Virginia, call our friendly travel counselors toll-free at 888-493-7386 or go online at


image-Courtesy Newport News Tourism Development Office.

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