Osmanthus Trail

EASY 75 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.

3.2 miles
9 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


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
3 months 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.

trail running
4 months ago

5 months ago

Well maintained, very easy walk/run.

6 months ago

amazing trail !!!

7 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 ❤️

7 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

8 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!

8 months ago

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

9 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!

10 months ago

I hiked it in flip flops. Some muddy parts but very nice easy hike.

trail running
11 months ago

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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Perfect trail for the pups!!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Easy and fun. Bring water for the hot season

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Loved it!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Nice easy loop at First Landing.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

This trail along with Bald Cypress gives you some great views of the swamp areas and cypress trees.

Monday, March 30, 2015

This loop trail behind the visitor's center offers the best selection of black water and cypress in the park. It's easy going for the whole family.

nature trips
Friday, December 26, 2014

quite nice. Good scenery all around and not as crowded as expected. The trials were wide and well marked. Most of the walk was all flat ground ans after a mile everything just look all the same, but it;s close to the city, the beach and so many other attractions that you can fit this into a weekend of some real all round old fashioned fun

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