Ask me where to go for a photo session in Hampton, Virginia and I will be quick to say Sandy Bottom Nature Park. Not only is this fantastic location right near my own backyard but it's the perfect spot for day of reconnecting with nature.
Sandy Bottom Nature Park is the city of Hampton's premiere park is 456 acre environmental education and wildlife management facility. Born from borrow pits and garbage dumps, the park is truly a success story of reclamation of our natural resources. From the 10,000 square foot nature center overlooking Sandy Bottom Lake to the elusive creatures that inhabit the wetland marshes, there is something for everyone at Sandy Bottom Nature Park. Fishing, hiking and biking trails, camping, picnic shelters, boat rentals, a nature center and beautiful flora and fauna is all available. They even have a dog park for our furry family.
I myself have spent countless hours running, walking and photographing the nature along these trails. It was no surprise the first place I rushed to shoot when I got my new camera (whoop! whoop! Canon 6D) was Sandy Bottom Nature Park. I borrowed and bribed one of my favorite subjects for the special occasion too. These are some of my favorite photos of my baby, Julianna, as we enjoyed an afternoon shoot and stroll with our Yorkshire Terrier, Riley and enjoyed the park.
Sandy Bottom Nature Park is Located at 1255 Big Bethel Road,Hampton VA 23666 and is a part of The City of Hampton Parks and Recreation.
The beginnings of this park occurred back in 1952 with the mining of the sand, creating borrow pits which later became lakes. In 1990 the land was given to the City of Hampton by VDOT, with an understanding that part of the land would be converted back to a wetlands area. Then in 1994 staff was hired to design and develop what would today be called Sandy Bottom Nature Park. For those of you who grew up in this area there is sure to be some great memories from this place.
Do you have family memories from this park? I have heard stories of people who swam here years ago, even though the lakes are no longer swimming holes. I would love for you to comment with your experiences and memories here if you would care to share.
I encourage you to spend one of the upcoming beautiful fall afternoons and enjoy the park with your own family. The fall leaves here are amazing and well worth your time for the colorful event in and of itself. Even better if you are interested in a family portrait here and preserving a day of your family enjoying each other and nature give me a call (757) 865-7794.
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