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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, as well as to neighborhoods and shops just west of the park boundary.
The urban trail segment from Jade Street to the park boundary is wide and paved, but this transitions to a natural surface for the longer portion within the park. At Great Neck Road, trail users can travel south on the Great Neck Road/London Bridge Road Trail to access Virginia Beach’s southern reaches.
The rustic route within First Landing State Park has a few ups and downs, as well as narrow segments, perfect for a pleasant and easy mountain bike ride. Look for wildlife, including ospreys, great blue herons, various waterfowl, foxes and deer.
Parking for the Cape Henry Trail is available in First Landing State Park. From Virginia Beach, take US 60/Atlantic Avenue north to 64th Street and turn left. Look for signs to parking.
To access the trailhead on the western edge of the park, continue on US 60 from Virginia Beach; the road will eventually angle west to become Shore Drive. Turn left on State Route 343, then take the next right and follow the signs to parking. Alternatively, continue on SR 343 to park headquarters.
User fees apply (minimal) and are less during the off-season.
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