Virginia Beach and the surrounding area is home to dozens of trails for hiking and biking. There is an abundance of national refuges, state parks, and regional parks throughout the area with a diverse landscape and multiple habitats. Beaches, maritime forest, marshland, woodland, dunes, and more can be explored throughout the area. Whether you prefer a short leisurely walk or an extensive bike ride, there's something for you.
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Virginia Beach Parks and Recreational Areas
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a 9,250-acre refuge the sits along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and the Back Bay with diverse habitats, including beach, dunes, woodland, freshwater marshes, and agricultural fields. The wildlife refuge is home to abundant flora and fauna, and is a popular spot for migratory birds. The refuge features 8 miles of scenic trails and plenty of opportunities to see wildlife in their natural habitat.
False Cape State Park
False Cape State Park is a 4,321-acre park on the mile-wide Currituck Banks Penninsula near the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. At False Cape, you can hike, kayak, bike, or boat. There are six miles of pristine shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean and ample opportunity for wildlife viewing.
West Neck Creek Natural Area
The West Neck Creek Natural Area is a 217-acre park that offers about 2.5 miles of soft trails and 0.3 miles of paved, ADA compliant trails. This park is easily accessible and is just south of the city of Virginia Beach and northeast from Sandbridge.
First Landing State Park
First Landing State Park features 20 miles of trails and 1.5 miles of shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay. The 2,888-acre park features freshwater ponds, beach, dunes, protected salt marsh habitat, forest, tidal marsh, and cypress swamp. The park is also a registered National Landmark, the most visited park in the state, and is home to a maritime marsh, which is one of the most endangered habitats in the world.
Top Trails in Virginia Beach
East and West Dike Trail Loop
Located in the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge, East and West Dike Trail Loop is considered moderate, according to AllTrails. The 6.7-mile trail features opportunities to view wildlife, sprawling views, and wildflowers, and it’s great for hiking and biking. Keep in mind that this trail is closed from November 1 - March 31 to minimize the impact on local waterfowl. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Dunes and Seaside Trail
The Dunes and Seaside Trail is also located in the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and is a 2-mile loop that is rated as moderate. This trail is open year-round and features wildflowers, coastal dunes, lush forest, and beach access. This accessible trail features a boardwalk along the route.
The Osmanthus Trail is an easy 3.1-mile trail in the First Landing State Park. The loop trail features wooded areas, marshy areas, and wildflowers, and it’s accessible for all skill levels. There is plenty of shade in this trail and is great for hiking, biking, and trail running.
False Cane Interior Trail
Located in the False Cape State Park, the False Cane Interior Trail is rated as moderate. The 6.5-mile trail is ideal for hiking and biking and offers a beautiful forest setting. It’s great for birdwatching as well. Be sure to bring sunscreen as there is minimal shade.
Cape Henry Trail
The Cape Henry Trail is also in First Landing State Park. The 10.1-mile trail is an out-and-back easy route that is great for all skill levels. This hiking, biking, and running trail features a lake, river, forest, wildflowers, beach, and more.