Noland Trail Turns 25

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of The Mariners’ Museum and Park’s beloved Noland Trail. Dedicated as a gift from the Noland family in 1991, the trail has been a community treasure ever since. The trail is owned and maintained by the Museum, with ongoing support from the Noland Family.

We invite the community to share their favorite stories, experiences and memories that involve the Noland Trail. We would love to see your photos, poems, songs and cherished moments.

Discover the Noland Trail with Dr. Harold Cones

Cost is $5 for adults and children. Free for Museum Members.

  • May 7, 2016 – Photographing the Park
    BYOC (Bring your own camera) and learn photography techniques while exploring the flora and fauna of The Mariners’ Museum Park and Noland Trail.
  • June 18, 2016 – History of the Park
    Discover the fascinating history of The Mariners’ Museum Park.
  • July 9, 2016 – Park Ecology
    Learn about the native and invasive plants and animals who inhabit The Mariners Museum Park.

Weather permitting. All programs are offered in the Park and on the Noland Trail. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes, clothing, and protection for outdoor adventure. All programs run from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Programs begin at the main Museum entrance.


Entrance to The Noland Trail


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Ken Ferguson Ken Ferguson from Newport News wrote on June 14, 2016:
I met my girlfriend at a group walk at Noland Trail. First time we saw each other in person was on that walk.
rand milam rand milam wrote on March 7, 2016:
Walking the Noland Trail in Mariners Museum Park is the undeniable, unparalleled experience on the peninsula that with a walk among trees will take you to a place where you can dream. Spring is coming and the colors with stir your imagination on the walking Noland Trail. It is written in stone, "I have grown taller from walking with the trees", on the Noland Trail.
Dennis Jarabak Dennis Jarabak from Yorktown wrote on February 18, 2016:
I have been running the trail for 20 years. One of my favorite experiences was running one late afternoon on a late fall day. I usually run the trail in reverse (i.e. mile post 5 to mile post 0) As I was about to finish near the water fountain, near the main parking lot I approached the last bridge. In the fading light I noticed a large object sitting on the bridge railing. Closer I realized it was a large owl who was eying me very closely (as a late dinner maybe?). We both tilted our heads from side to side trying to size each other up. I was about three feet away when it spread its wings and just as I thought it was going to swoop down on me it turned and flew down the dark trail. What an amazing bird and to be so near it in such a beautiful place. I am truly thankful that we have such an awesome trail and park to enjoy. Thanks to the Noland family and the Mariners Museum for allowing us to enjoy it.