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Cape Henry Trail is a 10.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Virginia Beach, Virginia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.1 mi Elevation gain 82 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Beach Forest Lake Partially paved River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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First Landing State Park contains a number of trails for both multi-use (biking and hiking) and hiking only. Osmanthus and Long Creek trails are but 2 examples of trails reserved specifically for hikers that present totally different views and environments.

$5 on weekends or $4 on weekdays. Get an annual or lifetime Virginia State Parks pass and get in free. The pass also gets you 10% discount on most everything at the parks.

800-933-PARK

First Landing State Park

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Jonathan Latigona
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Kevin Landers
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Carlos Eldridge
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Mountain biking

outstanding trail great scenery..

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Maida Bilson
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Mountain biking

A bit muddy after a rain the night before. Nice scenery and lake

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Connie & Sarah Terrell
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Hiking

A little muddy but beautiful as always!

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David Likens
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Mountain bikingMuddy

dirty and good

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Jacqueline Ramos
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Hailee Gilbert
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Moderately trafficked but everyone is very friendly and focused on fitness. 10/10

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Matt Jefferson
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Mountain biking

Fun ride

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Carol Hagan
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HikingBugsFee

I really enjoyed this trail. There are bathrooms at the beginning and end of the trail. It’s pretty shaded throughout. There are lots of different things to view during your walk. We saw snakes, birds, frogs, lizards and lots and lots of dogs. :) There are benches along the way to sit and rest if need be. The ending of the trail has a nice beach area. Really enjoyed hiking here!

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Daniel Melko
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Great trail with incredible views. It had some pretty deep sandy spots. Also, be careful of the tide on the way back. We had to ride through over a foot of water in a few spots. Its nice to hang out at the resort part of the beach at the end.

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Matthew Dobben
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Mountain biking

Love this place. Always had a great ride here, places are bit muddy but that’s expected given the low lying area. People I’ve come across while biking are always friendly, ready to say “good morning” or “hi, how are you”. Indefinitely recommend visiting this state park and if you’re into hiking or biking Cape Henry trail is a great choice.

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Jon Harned
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Hiking

Absolutely wonderful!

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Jasmine Johnson
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HikingBugs

Very lovely trail, all kinds of terrain. Beware yellow flies they were aggressive by the beach!!!

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Shawn Allen
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Mountain biking

Great ride. Mix between pavement and smooth dirt trails.

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Will I am
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Mountain bikingMuddy

Had a good time riding the trail minus the mud but was not to bad. Was able to ride around the spots where the mud was. Road to the end and then road the board walk.

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Nicole R.
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HikingBugsMuddy

Easy for kids 8yr old girl , took cape Henry and then white hill lake trail to the water.

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Joe Price
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Joseph Brunner
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Running

Good variety of different views. Wooded swamps for the first 3 miles but then amazing sites. A nice lake, then a cool barren looking part and and then a beach area at the turn around.

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Ron Snyder
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Margie Aunins
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Hiking

Trail to 64th st from Trail Center was not bad for wheelchair and bicycle. Beautiful scenery and well kept. Lots of views of the cypress swamps. However, if I could give a zero rating to the Cape Henry trail from 64th st to the boat landing I would. Not safe for wheelchairs or street bikes. Numerous water crossings, Huge roots, one area where trail has washed away and several areas where it is plain impassable. MARK THE TRAIL APPROPRIATELY.

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Danny Li
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Hiking

It is an easy and comfortable trail. I enjoyed several spots accessing beach, beautiful views

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David Sturdevant
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Mountain biking

If you’re expecting a spectacular and/or challenging mountain bike single track experience then you’ll be disappointed. Only the Cape Henry Trail allows bikes at all, but is wide, mostly tree-lined and fairly flat. All of the side trails are for hiking only. It’s great for families riding together and those getting familiar with off-road riding. I went on a Saturday during a heat wave but despite the 97F+ temps the trees provided ample shade for most of the trail, even in the middle of the day. The only difficult area for me was through short stretches with deep sand near the lake. Parking is $10 per car on weekends and holidays and $7 on weekdays. I discovered later that if you’re an REI member (which I am) that parking would have been free (show your card or an REI receipt w/ membership #) to the person at the park entrance.

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Timothy Williams
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Hiking

Nice lengthy easy hike if you are looking for an enjoyable day! Easy access and well marked routes!

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Chris Eaker
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Hiking

Moderate traffic. Most of the bike riders were Courteous to let you know they were coming up behind you. Nice walk.

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Michael Balden
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John Throckmorton
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Backpacking

Great experience!

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Olivia Ponder
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