Walk your way to better health and less stress while you enjoy the great outdoors at these best places to walk:
Beaverdam Park. Three trails of varying lengths, bordering lake and habitats; groups can take 10-mile one-way hike bordering the reservoir. Restrooms. www.gloucesterva.info/pr/homepage.htm or 804-693-2107.
Sandy Bottom Nature Park. Several mile-long trails meandering along wetlands, lake and woodland areas. Restrooms, nature center. Big Bethel Road and Center Parkway. www.hampton.gov/sandybottom or 757-825-4657.
ISLE OF WIGHT
Nike Park. Walking trail. Nike Road. 757-357-2291
JAMES CITY COUNTY
Freedom Park. Walking trails. Centerville Road. 757-259-5360.
Greensprings Interpretive Trail. Three-mile hiking trail begins at parking lot behind Jamestown High School. Part of Virginia Birding Trail. John tyler Highway (Route 5). 757-259-5360.www.james-city.va.us/recreation/index.html
York River State Park. More than 25 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Exit 231B off Interstate 64. www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/yor.shtml or 757-566-3036.
Newport News Park. More than 30 miles of trails. Restrooms, picnic areas. Jefferson Avenue/Fort Eustis Boulevard. www.nnparks.com or 757-886-7912.
Citywide. More than 10 parks offer walking trails. http://www.suffolk.va.us/parks/ or 757-514-7250.
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. 4 1/2-mile Ditch Trail and elevated 1-mile wooden Dismal Town Boardwalk Trail. Exit 13A Suffolk off I-664 from I-64. www.fws.gov/northeast/greatdismalswamp or 757-986-3705.
New Quarter Park. Nine scenic hiking/walking trails, plus family walk/bike path. Restrooms, picnic shelter. Adjacent to Queen's Lake neighborhood off Colonial Parkway. www.yorkcounty.gov/parksandrec/parks/new_quarter/1nqp_info.htm or 757-890-3500 or 757-220-3653.
Yorktown. Approximately 1-mile paved walkway along scenic waterfront, followed by 4.5 miles along the sloping streets of historic Yorktown. www.yorkcounty.gov/tourism
City walks. A booklet called "Great City Walks" provides maps and details for loops around the city. Buy the $2 booklet at the Williamsburg Municipal Building on Lafayette Street or Colonial Williamsburg Visitors Center Bookstore. Download a copy at www.williamsburgva.gov/dept/rec/index.htm
Historic Area. One mile walk from Merchants Square along Duke of Gloucester Street to the Capitol. The gardens are especially nice in April and May, including the Colonial Nursery on Duke of Gloucester Street. www.history.org