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Fort Monroe Seawall Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Monroe, Virginia that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 52 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Beach Paved Views
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Getting There

Dogs are not allowed on the beach May 15 - Sept 15. This trail follows the seawall for two miles and comes back. It is paved and level so it is accessible all the way. Watch big ships coming in and out of the Port of Norfolk Base. Near the end, the old officer's club was made into a fine restaurant and a beach club.

Plenty of free parking

I-64 to Mallory and right on Mellon or Mercury.

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Nicole Starleigh
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Hiking

I should have worn shorts Not jeans. The view was nice, lots of beach for us to come back to another day. Trail is paved and wide, Pets on leash ok, bikes ok. Pets can be on beach after September 15! There really wasn’t much shade. For distance walking it’s a little boring.

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Heather Peavey
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WalkingGreat!

Nice easy trail. Great breeze next to the water for the whole trail. My dog really enjoyed a quick dip in the water along the way.

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Ashley Parks
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WalkingGreat!

Basically a sidewalk following along the beach. Not busy at all, very nice breeze. Super easy. Pretty regularly patrolled by police.

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Tim McLelland
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Hiking

Fun walk, but I prefer the interior Fort walks.

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Albert Whitehill
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Walking

Flat trail along the water with a nice breeze

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Jennifer Green
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Hiking

Nice little stroll along the beach with some historical info along the way. I don’t think I’d consider this a trail though. Flat all the way on a concrete path.

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Doug Hamilton
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A good walk on the concrete boardwalk at Fort Monroe. Plenty of room. On one end lots of history. Walked to the other end and ended up eating lunch at the Paradise Beach Club. People were scattered on the beach. Saw a few boats riding by. Overall a good experience !

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Ali Clark
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Hiking

Nice views!

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Amy Almeida
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HikingNo shade

Great morning walk! Loved going inside the fort and the fire house coffee shop was great. No shade so definitely best on cloudy days or when it’s cooler. There are some porta- potty restrooms along the way and the Marina restaurant for lunch.

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Erica Hayes
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Hiking

It was a nice morning walk. A little breezy and great historical signs along the way. I enjoyed it.

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Brittany N.
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HikingNo shade

Not bad. Paved walking trail along Ft. Monroe.

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Connor Bauske
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Hiking

It’s more of a walk than a trail. It’s absolutely gorgeous towards sundown. Easily clocked four miles.

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Scott Booth
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Walking

Neat little place full of history and some nice shops/bars. Beach is nice in the summer!

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AllTrails User
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Hiking

Fun walk, not hike, with tons to explore in the immediate area and a great beach.

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ten zin
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awesome place to bring the kids. only thing is the restriction months on dogs.

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Hiking

Nice little bike ride, with a lighthouse and the fort. Added a walk along the perimeter of the fort where the pet cemetery is. Interesting. Sizable museum in the fort is worth a visit.

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Tiffany Ascher
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Running

Beautiful views, and the trail is short and easy. Several times we diverted to run next to the ocean, which the dog absolutely loved. BIG DRAWBACK is the sand burs. By the time I realized the tiny walk through the grass from the trail to the parking lot was covered in them, I had to carry my dog to protect her feet (still ended up removing more than a dozen of them from the pads of her feet.) However, they seem to be an issue only in the grass right next to the running trail. We didn’t have any trouble on the beach itself, and if you go in the grass closer to the middle of the fort (farther away from the trail) you should be okay too. The people were all incredibly friendly, and we plan to go back (my pup will be wearing shoes

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Laureese Mckenzie
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Walking

Great trail for walks/runs. My only complaint is all of the burrs in the grass along side the trail (opposite the water side). My kids wanted to do a little running and I told them to do it in the grass... they came out screaming because they were covered in burrs

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Dawn Taylor
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Easy to walk on level boardwalk beautiful scenery beach/harbor.

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Shellyann Morgan
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Walking

Beautiful paved trail, perfect for walking with a stroller. The views are amazing, the people are nice, and the breeze is refreshing on the hottest of days. By the time you are done, it doesn’t seem like you have walked that far.

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Shirley Church
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Excellent walk along the Hampton Roads side of the Chesapeake Bay as well as a history lesson if you are interested. You can walk inside the fort or along the sea wall or both. Great breezes off the water make for a pleasant walk on a warm day!

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Ray Allen
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Great views! Very safe trail!

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JTM Bartels
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Running

loves the views and the unit run

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Travis Bishop
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Walking

Beautifull views of the water,big ships and one of the best beaches in the area. Everything is clean even the porta-potties. I will be walking this one many more times and visiting the beach...

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Tim Tim F
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Walking

I am planning a 5k at the fort. I was not able to find a safe place to complete it and stay off the roadways. Here is what I came up with to make the 5k. Stay on boardwalk, start at edge of boardwalk at Paradise Ocean Club. Continue to the Gazebo/Chamberlin brickwall (measurements varied slightly). U Turn and go back to Paradise Ocean Club. 5.08k and 5.28k was the 2 measures I tracked.

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

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Zach Black
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Running

Fantastic trail! Options for ocean running or trail. We went at night and it wasn't too crowded at all. Highly recommend for a good run!

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JODY BRANTLEY
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Great views all the way. Dogs are not allowed on the beach May 15 - Sept 15. Tons of parking even on weekends during the best of weather.

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Virginia Hubbard
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Hiking

I was really impressed with the trail. It's now become one of my favorite trails. It's great for a quick run or a peaceful stroll with the dog.

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Joel Estrella
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Running

I was skeptical at first, going to Fort Monroe seawall trail the area near by looked downtrodden but as soon as a found the trail my doubts were remove. beutifull pave trail as you run you all have the ocean at one side and the fort green areas to the other is around four miles with plenty of parking avaliable.

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