Outdoors & Recreation
No matter what kind of outdoor activities you are looking for, Newport News offers it all. Our moderate climate along with our excellent location (conveniently near Williamsburg, Yorktown, Hampton, Norfolk, and a short drive to Virginia Beach) makes Newport News the perfect place to explore. Stroll one of our beaches, go bird watching, cycling or mountain biking, boating, disc golfing or fishing for some salt or freshwater fish in our lakes, reservoirs or the Chesapeake Bay, where you'll find some of the best fishing in Virginia! And if you're looking for a place to take your furry friend for some adventure, learn more about our Pet-Friendly Places in Newport News.
If you would like an overnight outdoor adventure, learn more about camping in Newport News and reserve one of our 188 modern campsites at Newport News Park. At 7,711 acres, it is one of the largest municipal parks east of the Mississippi River.
Overlooking the Hampton Roads waterfront at the east end of Newport News, King-Lincoln Park features tennis, basketball, picnicking, playgrounds, a saltwater fishing pier and an interpretive center (open summer weekends). Special events held on an outdoor stage during summer.
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.
The Mariners’ Lake
For decades, the local community has treasured this scenic lake, hiking its trails, marveling at its statues, skipping rocks across its shore. Early mornings are spent listening to its whispering waves and late afternoons are reserved for observing the incredible wildlife that have made this urban oasis their home.. Visit The Mariner's Lake (formerly Lake Maury) and start creating your own memories today!