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Downtown Norfolk Trails

Town Point Park Walking and Jogging Paths and Self-guided Trails
The newly renovated park features a total of 7 acres of landscaped walking and jogging paths, and a stress free sanctuary starring the most incredible sunsets ever witnessed. The self-guided trails include the Cannonball Trail, The Elizabeth River Trail and Mermaids on Parade. 

Cannonball Trail: This self-guided, walking tour on a heritage trail connects historic sites woven among many popular attractions throughout the downtown area. Norfolk's Cannonball Trail becomes a visual "story-telling stage" for interpreting Norfolk's rich and multi-faceted history - There are markers throughout the Town Point Park and Downtown.  Download Cannonball Markers and Trail Map or pick up a map at the Freemason Street Reception Center for the Cannonball Trail, 401 E. Freemason St., Norfolk, 23510
Phone: 757-441-1526.

The Elizabeth River Trail:  A former abandoned railroad spur has been transformed into a walking and bicycle trail near the Midtown Tunnel in Norfolk. Trail users can access the path from the Ferry Landing dock, located behind Waterside Festival Marketplace, and steps away from Town Point Park. The trail can also be picked up at the end of Southampton Avenue near the public health building or at Claremont Avenue near Raleigh Avenue in West Ghent section of Norfolk. The trail offers scenic views of the Elizabeth River and four interpretive markers tell the history of the area and environment. For further information on the Elizabeth River Trail you may contact the City of Norfolk Department of Recreation, Parks and Open Spaces at 757-441-2400.

Mermaids on Parade: Heart & Art - Mermaids on Parade is an innovative public art project featuring more than 375, four to ten-foot-long mermaid sculptures and serves as the City of Norfolk's logo. Beginning at Nauticus, three separate trails take you along the Elizabeth River past Waterside, to the heart of downtown or to the Chrysler Museum. Ideal for children, the trails are designed for families to enjoy fitness (the three trails cover about 10,000 steps). They provide an artistic view of the history of Norfolk as told through 26 of Norfolk's mermaid statues, which were designed by local artists. Download Mermaids On Parade Map here or for more information please phone 757-664-4000 or visit