In Newport News, our bike trails range from leisurely to challenging, but there’s one thing they have in common: scenic views. At Newport News Park, a 7,700-acre park with water views and a variety of wildlife, cyclists can enjoy a shaded, smooth ride on hard-packed gravel. More adventurous riders can explore the bike trail at Harwood Mills that is composed of a natural and single-tracked surface. For serious cyclists who want a tour of some of our city’s most favored gems, Bike Route 1 provides more than 17 miles of waterfront riding, from Riverview Farm Park to the Mariner’s Museum and Park and Historic Hilton Village.
Newport News Park Bike Trail
Explore this interactive map of our largest park in Newport News. Click the icon on the left to filter for bike trails.
Located at the southeastern end of Newport News Park, in York County, Harwood's Mill is a 265-acre freshwater reservoir containing bass, pickerel and a variety of sunfish. Boat and motor rentals available weekends from Memorial Day through October. It is adjacent to hiking trails, picnic shelters, and a 5-mile mountain bike trail. Launching for private watercraft (electric motors only) available year-round. For mountain biking information, click here.
Newport News Park
One of the largest municipal parks (7,500+ acres) east of the Mississippi River, Newport News Park offers a wide variety of activities, including hiking, biking, mountain biking, picnicking, paddleboating, canoeing, archery and freshwater fishing. Year-round camping is available at 188 campsites, most of which include grills, electrical hook-ups and concrete pads. Each campsite loop has a separate facilities building with hot showers and restrooms. The park offers a 5.3 mile, hard-packed gravel, bike loop beginning at the Campsite Office. The path is fairly well shaded with an overhead canopy from beautiful trees. Part of the loop crosses into the Colonial National Historical Park, where you can view a placard on the site of where George Washington’s headquarters were during the American Revolutionary War.
Richneck Road Trail
Located on Richneck Road in Newport News Park, the trail covers 8 miles of novice-level natural surface.
Riverview Farm Park
Riverview Farm Park is home to the Fantasy Farm Playground, a 30,000 sq. ft. community playground in an open area. Picnic areas and restrooms are conveniently located near the playground and soccer field. Use of the family sized picnic shelters is first come-first served. The large barn-shaped shelter, which is situated in the middle of the playground, is for general public use. A group shelter, located across the parking lot, can be reserved for special picnics and activities and will accommodate up to 100 people (for reservations call 888-3333 or visit www.nnparks.com/picnic.) A Concession Stand is open Saturdays (10am-5pm) and Sundays (Noon – 5pm) April through October.Another attraction at Riverview Farm Park is the two miles of paved multi-use trails surrounding the playground and soccer fields. In addition, a trail leading from the Riverview Farm Park Visitor Center (located at the end of City Farm Road) to the shore of the Warwick River also provides a beautiful setting for a leisurely walk. The Visitor Center is currently available (by reservation) throughout the week for groups requesting special interpretive programs.