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Hampton Roads Virginia

Parks and Recreation Areas

Hampton Roads Virginia contains hundreds of public areas including historic sites, national parks, national wildlife refuges, state parks, municipal parks, water trails, wildlife preserves, and other resources.

National Parks and Historic Sites

Colonial National Historic Park (Yorktown)
Fort Monroe National Monument (Hampton)
Old Cape Henry Lighthouse National Historic Landmark (Virginia Beach)

National Wildlife Refuges

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (Chesapeake)

State Parks

First Landing State Park (Virginia Beach)
False Cape State Park
Chippokes Plantation State Park

Municipal Parks


Lafayette Park
Lakewood Park
Poplar Hall Park
Virginia Zoological Park
Norfolk Botanical Garden

Virginia Beach

Lake Smith and Lake Lawson Natural Area

Privately Owned Parks and Preserves

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Water Trails and other Resources

John Smith National Historic Trail
Elizabeth River Trail (land)
Eastern Branch Elizabeth River Water Trail
Seashore to Cypress Birding Trail