Osprey Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Virginia Beach, Virginia that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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. Osprey Trail is off U.S. 60 on the right. Go past the contact station and veer left toward the restrooms. Begin on Cape Henry Bike Trail for about a couple hundred feet where Kingfisher branches off and take this trail to reach Osprey.
This is a beautiful trail with scenic water views and some decent changes in terrain. Very little traffic because it is not close to the parking areas. You have to hike or run Long Creek Trail (also very nice) a couple of miles to get to Osprey.
Unfortunately this trail is closed for "maintenance" which is unfortunate as it is a great hike. But the park has put in place some serious looking signs that suggest that it's going to remain closed for some time.
This is an easy trail to hike but hard to get to. Both ends of the trail are off Long Creek Trail. So figure on hiking at least 4 miles. It also makes a nice loop trail combined with the southern portion of Long Creek Trail. There were woods, swamp and water views. I did not see another person on this trail even though it is a beautiful weekend and the park is busy.