Virginia Beach is a great place to hike! Especially since the area is surrounded by water-- Many hiking trails in Virginia Beach have beautiful water views! Check out our three favorite!
Pleasure House Point Loop
3957 Marlin Bay Drive, Virginia Beach
The Pleasure House Point Loop is a 2.3-mile loop around parts of the Lynnhaven River. The area is great for birdwatching, as you may spot osprey, heron, egrets and more. The hike is considered easy and suitable for all ages. The trails are sandy, and the river views are beautiful. This hike is great for families or couples looking to catch a gorgeous sunset.
First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach is considered Virginia’s “Most Visited State Park,” and for good reason. This beautiful park is located along the Chesapeake Bay and offers access to the water, hiking, biking, fishing, and camping.
If you enjoy hiking, the park offers 10 different hiking trails ranging from 0.3 miles to 6.1 miles. Two of the trails are also bike trails. And if you love birdwatching, you just may see herons, egrets, and ospreys on your hike. First Landing Park also has a boat and kayak launch located off 64th Street at the Narrows Beach. Fishing is also permitted in certain areas. And if you would like to enjoy a little camping near the water, the First Landing State Park Campgrounds offers cabins, yurts, tent campsites, and water/electric hookup sites.
False Cape State Park
4005 Sandpiper Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
False Cape State Park, another outdoor adventure in Virginia Beach, is located in the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Experience 6 miles of beach on the Atlantic and one of the last undeveloped areas on the Atlantic Coast. Visitors can fish, go on a kayak tour, take a tram tour, hike 20+ different trails, and more.
The adventure begins as soon as you park because you must hike, bike, or boat to False Cape State Park, as there is no vehicle access. Parking is located at the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge visitors center. Once parked, you must hike or bike 4 miles to the False Cape Visitors Center. Primitive camping by tent is permitted but is not recommended inexperienced campers or children.