Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail

Virginia

Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail Facts

States: Virginia
Counties: Northampton
Length: 2.6 miles
Trail end points: Cedar Grove Drive/County Road 645 and Eastern Shore of VA NWR Visitor Center
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017651
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail Description

The Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail runs parallel to the approach for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel for 2.6 miles at the southern end of Virginia's Eastern Shore. Although never more than a stone's throw from busy US 13, the trail offers a sense of seclusion as it winds through forest and adjacent agricultural fields.

The trail connects the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Widlife Refuge with Kiptopeke State Park, so flora and fauna are always in abundance. Hikers and bikers can also sneak glimpses of the Chesapeake Bay along their trek, provided they are not too busy reading the interpretive signs dotting the trail's route.

The paved trail, which was built on the bed of the Old Cape Charles Railroad, is just the beginning of a longer proposed rail-trail extending from the trail's current endpoint at Cedar Grove Drive even farther north.

Parking and Trail Access

The Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail can easily be accessed by car just off of US 13 at either of the trail's endpoints (Cedar Grove Drive/County Road 645 or Seaside Road). Parking is available at both of these endpoints. The Eastern Shore Visitor Center also has restrooms.

Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail Reviews

We had the opportunity to ride the trail while on our way to Kiptopeke State Park. I had read about the trail in the guide book "Virginia Rail Trails" by Joe Tennis.
The trail is paved, flat and short (2.5 miles) but can be combined with the many bike friendly trails at Kiptopeke State Park for a longer experience.
There is good access to parking at both ends.
While not a destination trail on its own it's certainly worth doing if in the area.
Hopefully it will be extended North in the future as proposed.

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