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The Noland Trail Turns 30

NEWPORT NEWS—Happy birthday to the Noland Trail, the walkway that follows the shoreline of the 167-acre Mariners’ Museum Lake in Newport News.

Dedicated as a gift from the Noland family on October 26, 1991, and sustained by continuous financial support from the family, the Noland Trail is an iconic local path that covers five miles and includes 14 wooden bridges, a picnic area, benches, and mile markers. It also crosses the “famous” Lion’s Bridge where people out for a stroll can view the statues that guard the entrance to the park.

The trail is excellent for runners and walkers or families just out for a nature hike. The terrain can be challenging, so strollers aren’t recommended. Dogs are welcome, but they should be kept on a leash while on the trail.

There is plenty of parking and the picnic area is a great place to unwind after a nice walk or run. The park and trail are open to the public and free to use. For additional information about the park or the Noland trail, visit

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