Virginia Beach Boardwalk

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Virginia Beach Boardwalk Facts

States: Virginia
Counties: Virginia Beach
Length: 2.6 miles
Trail end points: Grommet Island Park and 40th Street
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6534036

Virginia Beach Boardwalk Description

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 scenic, ocean-front trail. A paved, separated lane paralleling the boardwalk is provided for bicyclists.

The trail runs between 40th Street on the north and Rudee Inlet on the south with access to the Atlantic Ocean the whole way. You'll find plenty of things to see and do, so take your time and enjoy the scene.

Parking and Trail Access

Downtown Virginia Beach has numerous places to park. Fees apply.

Virginia Beach Boardwalk Reviews

This is a quick and easy ride with the beautiful sights and sounds of the beach on one side and hotels and shops on the other. Be vigilant though, there are several heavily used pedestrian crossing areas as well as novices on rented tourist bikes.

This is a quick and easy ride with the beautiful sights and sounds of the beach on one side and hotels and shops on the other. Be vigilant though, there are several heavily used pedestrian crossing areas as well as novices on rented tourist bikes.

Save for off-season biking

A delightful ride paralleling the Oceanfront boardwalk, with views of the ocean and surf the whole way - but save this for the “off” season between Labor Day and Memorial Day or you’ll spend the whole time ducking tourists! For a longer tour, you can continue from the northern end of the boardwalk path to the little-used Shore Drive access road and pedal your way to 64th St and access First Landing State Park trails or continue on the southern end down a short stretch of Shore Drive (can use sidewalk and/or bike lane) to catch the nice multi-use path down to the Virginia Aquarium and all of its paths.

Expect crowds in the summer

This is a fun, short bike ride in the summer if you're in the mood for a leisurely pace and some people-watching.

If you're looking for legit exercise, though, the boardwalk is too crowded for that. It's like an obstacle course, filled with pedestrians, roller-bladers, four-seated bike carts, etc. You have to be vigilant.

In the off-season, though, you can keep up a brisker pace.

The boardwalk can also function as just a segment of a longer ride. It can be merged with two other trails: To the north, the Cape Henry Trail (join by going through the North Shore neighborhood for a while); or to the south, the General Booth Blvd. Trail. (And with the latter option, you can actually loop back to the boardwalk by continuing on the Norfolk Avenue trail.)



Love it!

So much fun riding along the Oceanfront!! Looking forward to checking out Nantucket trail as well in September.

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