Ruritan Trail

EASY 5 reviews
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Ruritan Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Chesapeake, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.4 miles
0 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Hike the boardwalks through the wetlands and walk the beautiful woodland. This trail should be great for all abilities, except the boardwalks and the big hill. This is actually a part of Deep Creek Locks. Start to the left of the lodge and follow all of the boardwalks across, then up to the park road and back around or make a U-turn at the end of the boardwalks and come back on the other side of the big hill and lookout. The boardwalks section might not accomodate ADA but there is a lot more beauty in the park.

2 days ago

No trespassing signs at trailhead

9 months ago

10 months ago

This is the only trail I've ever reviewed without walking. I went to hike this today only to find three signs marking it "no trespassing government property".

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Very easy and very short. This is one of my kids' favorite hikes. We usually come at it from the Deep Creek Locks, hike to the Ruritan club and back. If you go at high tide, parts of this trail may be underwater or extremely muddy.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

For such a short trail this offers a lot to see! The wetlands, the lake, the beautiful woods and the birds of prey. Do this and Deep Creek Locks on the same visit. It is all part of the same wonderful park.