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Waterwalk Signs Highlight Path, Nature, and History

HAMPTON—New signs are being installed at the popular Waterwalk trail in Hampton to make the journey more informative. Waterwalk is a two-and-a-quarter-mile linear park that stretches through the heart of Coliseum Central from the Power Plant shopping area to historic Air Power Park.

This shared, multi-use path creates a safe experience for pedestrians and bicyclists. One end of the park is accessible at Coliseum Drive, running behind Hampton Coliseum and Coliseum Lake and is intended for shoppers, convention attendees and concert-goers, visitors to nearby Bluebird Gap Farm, area workers, walkers, bikers, and joggers.

At the other end, behind Air Power Park, a raised wooden walkway provides a quiet nature observation deck with views of Newmarket Creek, where wildlife abounds. Visitors may see herons, egrets, redwing blackbirds and various types of crabs.

Just as the trail varies from the nature and water/marsh area to the more urban concrete areas around Hampton Coliseum, the signs vary as well. There are trailhead signs that map the path at both ends and in the middle; directional signs to the destinations; and educational signs. 

Signs around the Hampton Coliseum highlight the venue’s history, architecture, music, sports, and entertainment. Signs around the overlook near Air Power Park help identify birds, crabs, and other wildlife found in the area.

Click here to view a map of the trail.

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