Osmanthus Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Virginia Beach, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Norfolk, VA: Take Interstate 64 to Exit 282, Northampton Boulevard/U.S. 13. Continue on U.S. 13 for about 4 miles then turn right onto Shore Drive/U.S. 60 and travel approximately 3-4 miles. The park is accessed from both sides of the U.S. 60. Camping and visitor center is on the left and cabins are to the right. Osmanthus is off U.S. 60 on the right. Go past the contact station and veer left toward the restrooms. Begin on Bald Cypruss Trail for about 100 feet where Osmanthus branches off.
Lindsay Terry D.
Easy and fun. Bring water for the hot season
Great trail for runners looking to challenge themselves with hills!! I've run it many times. I like to add it to my long runs to add a little elevation. It's shaded most of the way, and it has several wooded bridges half way through the loop. Don't let people fool you on the difficulty level. It will get your heart rate up for sure, but it is totally worth your time.
Beautiful hike just minutes away from the oceanfront and town center. Easy trail with slight elevation changes and nice variations between we'll kept trails and man made bridges and paths over swampland. Variety of wildlife to see also!
Nice easy loop at First Landing.
This trail along with Bald Cypress gives you some great views of the swamp areas and cypress trees.
This loop trail behind the visitor's center offers the best selection of black water and cypress in the park. It's easy going for the whole family.
quite nice. Good scenery all around and not as crowded as expected. The trials were wide and well marked. Most of the walk was all flat ground ans after a mile everything just look all the same, but it;s close to the city, the beach and so many other attractions that you can fit this into a weekend of some real all round old fashioned fun
Fun hike with good scenery. Very shady and nice for hot days. Lots of swamp land, but well maintained foot bridges so your feet stay dry. Make sure to follow the blue markers. It is easy to get onto another trail if your not paying attention or using your GPS.
This was a beautiful trail on a beautiful day.
This is one of the swampier trails in First Landing State Park. But there are always bridges. And not as scenic as some. But still a wonderful hike.
Very pretty. A good part of the trail is through marsh land, but there is a raised wooden path that makes it easy. There are a couple of trail heads in the same area (and the trails cross a couple of times). I wish the trials themselves were marked a bit better. We ended up taking the long way back to the car because we ended up on a different trail without realizing it.
Nice walk for a family out for a weekend stroll. Clean park and well maintained paths for easy travel, polite staff and friendly environment made for a pleasant afternoon hike for my wife and two friends.