Osmanthus Trail

EASY 91 reviews
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Osmanthus Trail is a 3.1 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.

3.1 miles
16 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.

3 months ago

Great trail! Not difficult, very enjoyable and beautiful every step of the way. Camp sites and cabin available just across the road. Beautiful state park!

3 months ago

First Landing Park trails, in their entirety, are great way to spend your entire day. For the most part, they're all flat trails, with the only challenge coming in their length depending on how much you prefer to walk. Be sure to pick up a park map from the trail Center. It's worth noting that there's also a parking pass fee ranging from $5 to $10 depending on the time of year.

5 months ago

Easy, peaceful walkabout that soothes the soul. A botanist's dream.

trail running
9 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
10 months ago

11 months ago

Well maintained, very easy walk/run.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

amazing trail !!!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

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

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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

trail running
Thursday, March 09, 2017

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, November 05, 2016

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

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fun hike with good scenery. Very shady and nice for hot days. Lots of swamp land, but well maintained foot bridges so your feet stay dry. Make sure to follow the blue markers. It is easy to get onto another trail if your not paying attention or using your GPS.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

This was a beautiful trail on a beautiful day.

Monday, May 06, 2013

This is one of the swampier trails in First Landing State Park. But there are always bridges. And not as scenic as some. But still a wonderful hike.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Very pretty. A good part of the trail is through marsh land, but there is a raised wooden path that makes it easy. There are a couple of trail heads in the same area (and the trails cross a couple of times). I wish the trials themselves were marked a bit better. We ended up taking the long way back to the car because we ended up on a different trail without realizing it.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Nice walk for a family out for a weekend stroll. Clean park and well maintained paths for easy travel, polite staff and friendly environment made for a pleasant afternoon hike for my wife and two friends.

4 days ago

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