Dunes and Seaside Trail is a 3.2 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Virginia Beach, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.2 km Elevation Gain: 8 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

bird watching

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

As of May, 2020, users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area, only part open is the loose gravel bike paths. Please consult the park's website before visiting.

hiking
19 days ago

Half is closed. Only part open is the loose gravel bike paths

We took the Dunes and Seaside trail as well as the Bay Trail. Very easy and well maintained trail. We went to the Bay trail first which lead right to Back Bay protected from the ocean waves. Would make a beautiful sunset picture. We did see a sign to stay on the trail. There are cottonmouth snakes in the area. Then made our way back to the parking lot and took the Dunes and Seaside trail. Very short trail with small hills. The trail is matted so that sand will not get in your shoes. Once you get to the beach, the mat ends. You must stay on the trail since the refuge is protected. Once you get to the beach, it’s wide open. You can walk up and down the beach. There were very few people.

hiking
off trail
over grown
4 months ago

This isn’t really a trail. Part of it follows the dike roads and part is on the beach. Another part goes through the dunes and woods; I didn’t see any signs until I was on the beach but it’s a closed part. At least 20-25% of the trail as mapped here is closed.

hiking
10 months ago

The first time I went, I seen 2 very large snakes within 10minutes. I have been back several times and haven’t seen one. The trails are beautiful and well kept.

Sun Jun 02 2019

Beautiful!

hiking
Wed Aug 16 2017

Easy hike. this is a combination of trails rather than one designated loop. Walked out the seaside hike tot eh beach then south along the surf back inland on the dune trail, then followed the dike trail back to the parking lot.

hiking
Mon Mar 30 2015

This boardwalk trail provides a great first impression of the refuge, and is accessible to all.

hiking
Tue Jul 30 2013

It is an interesting loop through the protected and fragile dune environment. It is part of the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. You are not allowed to leave the boardwalks to and from the beach, then you can hike down the beach to the other boardwalk. The fourth side is a road that only the Fed's and park rangers from False Cape State Park can drive on. it. Besides plants, sand dunes and ocean, I saw a little round fury animal that was too camera shy to wait around for me to get the camera out.

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backpacking
6 months ago

mountain biking
7 months ago

walking
8 months ago

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