Noland Trail in Newport News, an urban oasis

IT WAS GREEN. It was hot. It was the perfect walk in the woods.

And it will always be that way on the Noland Trail, especially on crisp fall days when trees have put on their fancy clothes and turned all shades of autumn.

That’s just around the corner, so dust off the walking shoes.

We reached The Mariners’ Museum parking lot and the Noland Trail at about 11 a.m. after a short drive from Virginia Beach.

We dashed inside the museum for a trail map so we could trace our route through this oasis in the city. We set off and were met at the trail head with a row of porta-potties – no, thank you – and a water fountain for humans with a dog bowl beside it. A pretty hospitable touch, we thought.

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