Osmanthus Trail

EASY 70 reviews
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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, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
9 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

trail running
1 month ago

I have used this trail countless times while living in Virginia Beach. It’s pretty and as described, very easy. Compared to other trails in other places, it’s lackluster. However, it is beautiful in its own way and I have a special place in my heart for it. It’s great for trail running, but just watch out for dips, rocks, tree branches (and snakes). I have taken a couple falls and some very, very bad ankle sprains because of the uneven ground on this trail. So keep your eyes peeled, but enjoy. First Landing State Park is truly a treasure for coastal Virginia.

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

trail running
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

nice trail, good for a run or walk

3 months ago

3 months ago

Well maintained, very easy walk/run.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

amazing trail !!!

hiking
5 months ago

I like that it's a nice mixture of hills and flat areas. The small halls are super fun to run up and down ❤️

5 months ago

The best part was definitely the beginning. bring bug spray and water. All in all, it was just okay.

+ dogs can come!
- Midway gets a little boring, then picks back up at the end

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

6 months ago

One of my favorites. I live in Nevada now, but I'm here on travel...couldn't wait to get in this park. With the recent rain, there were some muddy spots, nothing you could not navigate around. There were also some roots showing, so if you're running be careful not to step on them, but I think it just brings out the "nature" in nature tail. This trail, as most in the park, has nice tree cover for those hot days! Dog friendly is a bonus, but it would be nice if they had more containers to drop off poop. Overall...awesome park for trails. You can mix it up, and make your hike as long as you want. There is also a pavilion with a play park, and a welcome type center with clean bathroom! On the beach side they have camping on the beach with full service rv sites!! Just overall a good site!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail for a walk with the dog. Only saw two other people.

6 months ago

walking
7 months ago

Amazing quick hike!!! Perfect distance to get a walking workout in (lol) and just enough to feel like you went for an outdoor hike! If that makes sense haha only 2 things, we spotted 4 snakes! Not big or dangerous but I'm not a snake person lol and because it's swampy, it smelt like a sewer a little. But overall I would definitely come back and recommend to everyone else!