I understand that one of the best running venues in Newport News is the Mariner's Museum's, Noland Trail complex. This was a gift from Mr Noland who willed the property to the City. The 5 mile running trail follows the outline of the lake. It is hard packed gravel and there are wooden foot bridges for runners to use. It can be extended by running on the roads nearby Lions Bridge. Although I am not a runner (and not even a walker most of the time), I have heard that if you are from out of town, and want a great run, this is it!
The Mariners’ Museum holds a 10K run on the Noland Trail every September. Proceeds from the 10K (6.2 miles) run support park maintenance. Approximately 300 runners from Hampton Roads race on the Noland Trail.
Equipment: Lake and Park Rules for Your Safety and Convenience
Museum Maintenance and Protection Services staff members are in the park at various times. Feel free to seek them out if you have questions or need assistance. The following rules were established to protect both the lake and park environments, and to help keep our pleasant, family atmosphere.
1. Motorcycles, bicycles, and trail bikes are not permitted on The Noland Trail. For the safety of visitors and for environmental reasons, no fires of any kind are permitted
2. For the comfort of all park visitors and the protection of wildlife, dogs must be on leashes at all times. Please be sure to clean up after your pet.
3. Do not litter. Trash cans are located throughout the park for the convenience of visitors.
Lake Maury is a 167 acre lake on the grounds of the Mariner's Museum. It was named for Virginian Mathew Fontaine Maury who was a 19th century oceanographer.
Lake Maury has boat rental available. I have not done this, but it sounds like fun. You can troll "through calm coves and open waters."
Anglers must be prepared to show their updated fishing license before fishing for:.
White and Ring Perch
Pleasure boaters can enjoy the calm waters of Lake Maury while spotting blue herons, egrets, kingfishers, mallards, Canadian geese and other wildlife. From a canoe or Jon boat, you can also enjoy a unique view of the flora and fauna that flourish along the 5-mile Noland Trail, which runs along the banks of the lake.
Fishing in Lake Maury is permitted only from boats and designated areas. Rentals are available at the Museum Boathouse. Private boats are not allowed on the lake. Swimming and wading in the lake are not permitted.
Equipment: The Boathouse Hours of Operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Daily. The Boathouse has
Bait and Tackle Shop
Restroom Facilities (Portable)
Boat Rental Fees
Fishing Boats Fees
•Jon boat 14’ (2 person) $10/day
•Jon boat 14 ‘ wide (3 person) $12/day
•Jon boat 18 ‘ (6 person) $18/day
•Jon boat 14’ wide (3 person) $5/hour
•Jon boat 18’ (6 person) $6/hour Motor and Battery
•Motor with battery $18/day
•Motor alone $10/day
Battery alone $8/day