Osmanthus Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Virginia Beach, Virginia 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 best used 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.
Run this all the time. Watch the mud along the farthest parts of the loops.... some of the bridge/crossings have broken or uneven slates. I don't know if Id call this the easiest hike ever. But its easy enough to run on and lots of fun.
Perfect trail for the pups!!
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!