Best Birding Trails in Virginia

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on Spy Rock Trail
1 day ago

The view at the top was incredible. It was a perfect day, so the visibility was miles and miles. Take some time to enjoy...
The trail was uphill, but the grade was very manageable if you are in decent shape. It is a gravel/rocky road for most of the hike, so the footing can get a little loose. Also, the trail just doesn't have a "nature" feel to it.
All in all, it is about the view at the top.

on James River Park Main Sec...
1 day ago

hiking

The hike was easy and mostly shaded. I started at the Reedy Creek parking area, following the Buttermilk Trail to the Belle Isle. From the Belle Isle I crossed the river at the Pedestrian Bridge, continued on the North Bank Trail. I made a mistake crossed the railroad and walked down to the Texas Beach. It turned out I could not cross the river. So I backtracked to the North Bank Trail, crossed the Boulevard Bridge and completed the loop for a total of 8.7 Miles in 3 hrs.

on Holmes Run Trail
1 day ago

I wouldn't call it moderate unless you are injured. It's an easy hike for most people. But surprisingly good.

on McAfee Knob Appalachian T...
1 day ago

hiking

Easy for most of the time, then a bit of an incline closer to the top. Worth it for the beautiful views! Need to do it again soon!

on Holmes Run Trail
1 day ago

walking

on Chesapeake Arboretum Loop
1 day ago

Nice trail, not a whole lot to see but peaceful. Super easy for kids

on Pony Pasture Rapids Trail...
2 days ago

Cool hang out spot or great place to launch kayaks.
Parking is limited as it fills up pretty quickly on wknds. Over 150 parking spots are filled with people waiting by 11am. Seems like a locals meeting/social place to have drinks together as you lay on the rocks or swim in the Rapids but no one is rowdy or loud. This is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Whenever the water is over 5ft life jackets are required. Other then that there aren't many restrictions as to what you can and can't do.

on Belle Isle Trail
2 days ago

Fell in love with this place today. Cool bridge suspended underneath the highway so you can cross the James river with spectacular views. Bustling with bikers/ hikers/ families/ dog walkers enjoying the outdoors. There is so much to see between the water views, old hydro plant, rock walls, mountain bike course (belle isle skills area), and the Hollywood cemetery. Great place to visit!
*Don't leave valuables in your car (obviously), there are periodic reports of break ins however the police were patrolling today which was good to see.

on Fort Boykin Historic Park
2 days ago

I actually really like this place because no one is ever here! There aren't really 'trails' to walk/hike but the landscape and history behind it is pretty cool. Love the secluded little beach at the end of the ramp where you can see the Jamestown ships on the horizon. Features Virginia's second oldest black walnut tree over 200 years old with a rope swing that you can play on. Great place to escape to for the day

on Sandy Bottom Nature Park
2 days ago

Not the best for bikes as there are so many roots everywhere so makes for an extremely bumpy ride. There are parts of the trail where you feel you are so far from the city which is really nice. Saw some pretty amazing birds (very large), and beware of the black snakes as they like to frequent the trails. Great place to kayak too. Rented one of the yurts for a nite, had 2 bunk beds with trundles underneath so can sleep quite a bit.

on Oak Grove Lake
2 days ago

I like to go here in the evenings as the sunset is beautiful on the water. Small park for kiddos after doing the loop. Sits right next to the interstate so a bit noisy on one side but nice nonetheless. Great for a nice run/ walk.

on Cape Henry Trail
2 days ago

Decent wide paths for walking, running, biking. Leads to a small beach which can get pretty packed out on the wknds, perfect on an off day.
Not a whole lot of wildlife along these trails as its so heavily trafficked, I think they stay away. If you can get past the visitors center opposite side of the beach then there's a ton of really old and ancient large turtles that will come up under the boardwalk

on Fort Monroe Seawall Trail
2 days ago

Nice trail. Lots of history to see. No shade really and if you wear sandals watch out for the sand spurs. Never crowded

on Norfolk Botanical Gardens
2 days ago

I love this place. There are many, many secluded little seating areas you can hide out in and read a book or sit in peace where no one will ever find you. The gardens are beautifully manicured and colorful all year long. Great place to go for a run or a really, really long walk.

on Old Rag Mountain Trail
2 days ago

hiking

It took me almost five hours to complete the loop. It is rated hard because the boulder scramble section. At the end I was tired but happy because I took the challenge and overcame it. Get there early, take the Ridge Trail up and the Weakley Hollow Fire Road down.

on Rappahannock River Trail
2 days ago

hiking

Wasn't crowded. Single pass trails. Stay alert for bikers!