Chesapeake, VA Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
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Birdneck Road Trail

2.1 mi
State: VA
Concrete

Cape Henry Trail

7.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand

Chesapeake Boulevard Trail

0.7 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Corolla Greenway

9 mi
State: NC
Boardwalk, Concrete

Dam Neck Road Trail

7.9 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Diamond Springs Road Trail

1.1 mi
State: VA
Concrete

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (NC)

4.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (VA)

8.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Duck Trail

6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Elizabeth River Trail (Atlantic City Spur)

9.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

General Booth Boulevard Trail

6.1 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Great Neck Road/London Bridge Road Trail

11.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Harris Road Trail

0.6 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Independence Boulevard Trail

3.8 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Kempsville Road Trail

7.3 mi
State: VA
Concrete

Little Neck Road Trail

3.3 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Lynnhaven Parkway Trail

6.4 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Newport News Park Bikeway

5.3 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Nimmo Parkway Trail

1.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Norfolk Avenue Trail

1.3 mi
State: VA
Asphalt
Accordion

Powhatan Creek Trail

2 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Rosemont Road Trail

3.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Salem Road Trail

1.3 mi
State: VA
Concrete

Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail

5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail

3.4 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Trillium Trail (Sandy Bottom Nature Park)

3.3 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Upton Drive Trail

0.6 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

2.6 mi
State: VA
Concrete

Virginia Capital Trail

52 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Wesleyan Drive/Haygood Road Trail

2.7 mi
State: VA
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Birdneck Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Norfolk Avenue and General Booth...
VA 2.1 mi Concrete
The Cape Henry Trail crosses the heavily wooded First Landing State Park, located on Cape Henry north of Virginia Beach. The trail provides access to the Narrows Recreation area, located in the park,...
VA 7.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Gravel, Sand
This is a dedicated asphalt multi-use trail that runs adjacent to Chesapeake Boulevard in the Fairmount Park neighborhoo of Norfolk, Virginia. Adjacent bicycle sharrow lanes commence at the north end...
VA 0.7 mi Asphalt
Corolla Greenway offers beautiful views of Currituck Sound and maritime forest along North Carolina's popular Outer Banks. The paved north-south pathway, which largely parallels N.C. Highway 12 (also...
NC 9 mi Boardwalk, Concrete
The Dam Neck Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Salem Road and Terrier Avenue,...
VA 7.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Diamond Springs Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach–Norfolk region for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Wesleyan Drive and...
VA 1.1 mi Concrete
The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is a paved, heavily wooded pathway along the eastern border of Dismal Swamp State Park. The park offers more than 112,000 acres of forested wetlands and is teeming with...
NC 4.5 mi Asphalt
As it was built on a former state highway, the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail provides a wide, paved and flat pathway along its namesake waterway and the Great Dismal Swamp Refuge. Not only does this...
VA 8.5 mi Asphalt
The Duck Trail stretches the length of the Town of Duck, a beach resort in the Outer Banks. The trail links residential areas to the countless restaurants and charming local stores along Duck Road/...
NC 6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Elizabeth River Trail–Atlantic City Spur runs for 9.5 miles between Harbor Park Stadium and the Norfolk International Terminals. The trail occupies a railroad right-of-way yet incorporates a...
VA 9.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The General Booth Boulevard Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Princess Anne Road and...
VA 6.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
This 11.5-mile paved trail begins in the busy commercial area just south of Shore Drive/US 60 in Virginia Beach. If you wish to reach one of the most popular parks in the state, head east on the Cape...
VA 11.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Harris Road Trail parallels Harris Road on the east side, through the neighborhoods south of Lynnhaven Bay in Virginia Beach. The short trail runs between Little Neck Road and Kline Drive. At the...
VA 0.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Independence Boulevard Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to S. Independence Boulevard in two disconnected...
VA 3.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Kempsville Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Providence Road (SR 40) and...
VA 7.3 mi Concrete
The Little Nec Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between W. Little Neck Road and Virginia...
VA 3.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Lynnhaven Parkway Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Lishell Place and Stewart...
VA 6.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Newport News Park Bikeway offers a pleasant 5-mile loop through southern Virginia woodlands. The unpaved trail takes you through the 8,000-acre park and offers a connection to Colonial National...
VA 5.3 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Nimmo Parkway Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Albuquerque Drive and just a little...
VA 1.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Norfolk Avenue Trail runs along the north side of Norfolk Avenue between Pacific Avenue and South Birdneck Drive to the west. The paved trail links Virginia Beach neighborhoods, shopping, and...
VA 1.3 mi Asphalt
Accordion
In western Williamsburg, the Powhatan Creek Trail stretches 2 miles from the historical Jamestown Settlement attraction to Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School. It begins near the one mile marker on the...
VA 2 mi Asphalt
The Rosemont Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Holland Road and Whiteberry Lane....
VA 3.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Salem Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between South Independence Boulevard and Princess...
VA 1.3 mi Concrete
The Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail runs parallel to the approach for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel for a total of 5 miles at the southern end of Virginia's Eastern Shore. Although never more than a...
VA 5 mi Asphalt
The Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail is a developing project that will one day span 11.5 miles, connecting the communities of Suffolk and Chesapeake in southeastern Virginia. The trail is also part of...
VA 3.4 mi Asphalt
Sandy Bottom Nature Park is a 456-acre recreational oasis in Hampton, bordered on the northeast side by Interstate 64 and surrounded by busy residential, shopping and entertainment areas. Before it...
VA 3.3 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Upton Drive Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to a short section of its namesake road between Nimmo Parkway and...
VA 0.6 mi Asphalt
The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is among one of the most popular trails in the Virginia Beach area. Throughout the summer the boardwalk hums with pedestrians taking in the shops and beach along this...
VA 2.6 mi Concrete
The sprawling Virginia Capital Trail snakes along the James River and State Route 5, a Virginia Scenic Byway, for 52 paved miles from the state’s capital of Richmond to the historic capitals of...
VA 52 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Wesleyan Drive/Haygood Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach–Norfolk region for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake roads between...
VA 2.7 mi Concrete

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Recent Trail Reviews

Virginia Capital Trail

fantastic

September, 2020 by jjustine

Great ride. Rode East and had a great time. I recommend grabbing a small trail map early so you know where bathrooms and tool kits are located.

Virginia Capital Trail

Nice ride

September, 2020 by patriots_fan

My buddy and I did the round trip this past Sunday, Aug 30. Beautiful day for a long ride.

Trillium Trail (Sandy Bottom Nature Park)

Nice walk for being in a city

August, 2020 by kandi.sorcic

Nice walk considering it’s in a city. Parts of this trail are next to a highway or subdivision, which is a little disappointing because it takes away from the serenity. But overall it’s a nice escape without having to travel too far.

Accordion

Virginia Capital Trail

Great bike trail!

August, 2020 by jhadland2

We started the trail in Jamestown. The trail is well maintained, mostly flat and not too crowded. We rode out to the Sherwood Forest Plantation and turned around. 34 miles round trip. The challenge of the day was the Chickahominy River Bridge. Steep but fun and rewarding view when you get to the top. 100% recommend.

Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail

fun, easy first trail

July, 2020 by laurascag

This was my first bike ride on a trail with my husband and small dog (flipped into a basket) and it was perfect. All paved, almost completely flat. It’s actually 10 miles out and back if you do the whole trail. It was a hot day, but a lot of the trail was shaded.

Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail

Time well spent

July, 2020 by jessica.stewart876

I am from Hampton roads but moved to Maryland 5 years ago . I came for the first time To this trail this year while on a trip visiting my mom. This trail is a gem I wish I had known about sooner. I also was blown away by the culture of this trail. So many people greet you while Passing by. It’s very humbling and refreshing. It’s a big difference from the many trails I frequent in the dmv. The “scenery was serene” and although flat surface was not the most challenging... a round trip jog/walk provides respective miles (7 miles)

Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail

easy peasy lemon squeezy

June, 2020 by mslucylou

This paved trail is awesome. Great for beginner bikes, skateboards, scooters, or whatever your mode of discovery is! There are Pokestops every 1/4 mile, benches for resting and portable bathrooms with water at the beginning and the end. Parking is in a lot with accessible parking and street lights. The trail is well used without being overcrowded, so you feel safe but still feel the openness of being outdoors. Great for everybody!!

Birdneck Road Trail

I walked this with my kids. It's a nice trail, most of it is right up against the woods and you can hear the crickets. There were other walkers, joggers, and bikers. But I found the traffic noise kind of a nuisance.

June, 2020 by lauraellngtn

I walked this with my kids. It's a nice trail, most of it is right up against the woods and you can hear the crickets. There were other walkers, joggers, and bikers. But I found the traffic noise kind of a nuisance.

Powhatan Creek Trail

Beautiful!

June, 2020 by myoungfighter

Hi. So, I tried this trail for the first time.. starting from the elementary school.. I loved it!! It was perfect.. the scenery is amazing.. and to get to see some history along the way, it was a great feeling.. There are some hills in the beginning, very doable.. and some turns.. and 2 bridges, that are lovely.. I will say, I did not notice any mile markers, so it was confusing to tell when I approached Greensprings, as I was hoping it would be obvious, so I could turn around and head back.. but I couldn’t tell.. so I just turned around when the watch said 2.4 miles..

Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail

Keep extending northward!

June, 2020 by trailsforall

I biked the trail round trip end to end from southern trailhead (milepost 0.0) to Phase II northern terminus at Capeville Road (milepost 4.9) on a humid Saturday morning in June 2020. Although currently just shy of 5 miles one way - there is HUGE potential for Virginia's Eastern Shore if Phase III and Phase IV are built connecting to Cape Charles waterfront. Even more ambitious, VDOT is studying an Eastern Shore Rail to Trail project, extending an additional 49 miles from Cape Charles to Hallwood, Virginia.

As of June 2020, the 4.9 mile long trail provides a smooth and flat trip along a 10 foot wide asphalt surface. Wildflowers, shrubs, trees, agricultural fields and a few remnant Cape Charles Railroad industrial buildings line the route. the southern 2.5 miles (Phase I, opened in 2011) provides benches, repair stations, interpretive signs, parking and restrooms. The northern half (Phase II) has fewer amenities, but continues the smooth surface.

Being a regular driver along the adjacent US 13 (four lane 55 mph highway) I was surprised to find that the trail is about 50% in shade, with trees along both sides of the route and a thin canopy overhead. The other 1/2 of the trail is more open to the east, yet trees and shrubs are nearly continuous on the western side of the trail. This thin stand of pine and hardwood trees provides a visual buffer from the highway, but the noise of passing 18-wheel trucks is always present. If you're seeking an escape deep into natural solitude, this may not be the trail for you. However, the condition of the trail is superb. Additionally, crossing US13 near the southern terminus (be careful!) provides connections to Kiptopeke State Park and more (unpaved) trails. Overall, I remain hopeful that with expansion northward, the trail reaches greater potential. Currently, it still provides a great, albeit short experience. Come on, Eastern Shore, "build it, and they will come"!

Elizabeth River Trail (Atlantic City Spur)

See the Diversity of Norfolk

June, 2020 by susanfleenor

Read all the other reviews but know that the signage has been greatly improved. You can park at either end, Hermitage to the north or Harbor Park to the south. Parts of the trail are on the street but I never felt unsafe. Different routes are available so be sure to check the map. Plenty of places to stop and eat or drink along the way, Smartmouth, Orapax, Waterside and lots of choices across the street from ODU. Views of downtown, waterfront, parks, college campus. So diverse! How many mermaids can you find along the way?

Newport News Park Bikeway

Shady almost all day

June, 2020 by susanfleenor

Nice 5 mile ride under the trees. Take the turn for the George Washington site about 1/2 way around the loop. From there you can hop on a paved road with many historical markers. If you take the fork that leads to Yorktown you can continue less than 2 more miles to the Yorktown National Cemetery and all the way to Historical Yorktown and the beachfront. Pack a lunch and eat at one of the picnic benches in the grassy area by the water. Public bathrooms available. Total ride was 17 miles round trip with the Yorktown cruise through the historical homes.

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