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Birdneck Road Trail

2.1 mi
State: VA
Concrete

Cape Henry Trail

7.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Chesapeake Boulevard Trail

0.7 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Corolla Greenway

9 mi
State: NC
Boardwalk, Concrete

Dam Neck Road Trail

7.9 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Diamond Springs Road Trail

1.1 mi
State: VA
Concrete

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (NC)

2.75 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (VA)

8.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Duck Trail

6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Elizabeth River Trail (Atlantic City Spur)

9.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

General Booth Boulevard Trail

6.1 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Great Neck Road/London Bridge Road Trail

11.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Harris Road Trail

0.6 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Independence Boulevard Trail

3.8 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Kempsville Road Trail

7.3 mi
State: VA
Concrete

Little Neck Road Trail

3.3 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Lynnhaven Parkway Trail

6.4 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Newport News Park Bikeway

5.3 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Nimmo Parkway Trail

1.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Norfolk Avenue Trail

1.3 mi
State: VA
Asphalt
Accordion

Rosemont Road Trail

3.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Salem Road Trail

1.3 mi
State: VA
Concrete

Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail

5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail

5.6 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Trillium Trail (Sandy Bottom Nature Park)

3.3 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Upton Drive Trail

0.6 mi
State: VA
Asphalt

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

2.6 mi
State: VA
Concrete

Wesleyan Drive/Haygood Road Trail

2.7 mi
State: VA
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Birdneck Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Norfolk Avenue and General Booth...
VA 2.1 mi Concrete
The northern end of the Cape Henry Trail follows a former railroad corridor built to connect the isolated Cape Henry to Norfolk. In 1902, a second rail line to Virginia Beach was developed through...
VA 7.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
This is a dedicated asphalt multi-use trail that runs adjacent to Chesapeake Boulevard in the Fairmount Park neighborhoo of Norfolk, Virginia. Adjacent bicycle sharrow lanes commence at the north end...
VA 0.7 mi Asphalt
Corolla Greenway offers beautiful views of Currituck Sound and maritime forest along North Carolina's popular Outer Banks. The paved north-south pathway, which largely parallels N.C. Highway 12 (also...
NC 9 mi Boardwalk, Concrete
The Dam Neck Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Salem Road and Terrier Avenue,...
VA 7.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Diamond Springs Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach–Norfolk region for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Wesleyan Drive and...
VA 1.1 mi Concrete
The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is a paved, heavily wooded pathway along the eastern border of Dismal Swamp State Park. The park offers more than 112,000 acres of forested wetlands and is teeming with...
NC 2.75 mi Asphalt
Formerly part of US 17, the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail offers users a remote experience as it runs alongside the Dismal Swamp Canal and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. On this wide,...
VA 8.5 mi Asphalt
The Duck Trail stretches the length of the Town of Duck, a beach resort in the Outer Banks. The trail links residential areas to the countless restaurants and charming local stores along Duck Road/...
NC 6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Elizabeth River Trail–Atlantic City Spur runs for 9.5 miles between Harbor Park Stadium and the Norfolk International Terminals. The trail occupies a railroad right-of-way yet incorporates a...
VA 9.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The General Booth Boulevard Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Princess Anne Road and...
VA 6.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
This 11.5-mile paved trail begins in the busy commercial area just south of Shore Drive/US 60 in Virginia Beach. If you wish to reach one of the most popular parks in the state, head east on the Cape...
VA 11.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Harris Road Trail parallels Harris Road on the east side, through the neighborhoods south of Lynnhaven Bay in Virginia Beach. The short trail runs between Little Neck Road and Kline Drive. At the...
VA 0.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Independence Boulevard Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to S. Independence Boulevard in two disconnected...
VA 3.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Kempsville Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Providence Road (SR 40) and...
VA 7.3 mi Concrete
The Little Nec Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between W. Little Neck Road and Virginia...
VA 3.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Lynnhaven Parkway Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Lishell Place and Stewart...
VA 6.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Newport News Park Bikeway offers a pleasant 5-mile loop through southern Virginia woodlands. The unpaved trail takes you through the 8,000-acre park and offers a connection to Colonial National...
VA 5.3 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Nimmo Parkway Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Albuquerque Drive and just a little...
VA 1.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Norfolk Avenue Trail runs along the north side of Norfolk Avenue between Pacific Avenue and South Birdneck Drive to the west. The paved trail links Virginia Beach neighborhoods, shopping, and...
VA 1.3 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Rosemont Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Holland Road and Whiteberry Lane....
VA 3.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Salem Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between South Independence Boulevard and Princess...
VA 1.3 mi Concrete
The Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail runs parallel to the approach for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel for a total of 5 miles at the southern end of Virginia's Eastern Shore. Although never more than a...
VA 5 mi Asphalt
The Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail is a developing project that will one day span 11.5 miles, connecting the communities of Suffolk and Chesapeake in southeastern Virginia. The trail is also part of...
VA 5.6 mi Asphalt
Sandy Bottom Nature Park is a 456-acre recreational oasis in Hampton, bordered on the northeast side by Interstate 64 and surrounded by busy residential, shopping and entertainment areas. Before it...
VA 3.3 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Upton Drive Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to a short section of its namesake road between Nimmo Parkway and...
VA 0.6 mi Asphalt
The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is among one of the most popular trails in the Virginia Beach area. Throughout the summer the boardwalk hums with pedestrians taking in the shops and beach along this...
VA 2.6 mi Concrete
The Wesleyan Drive/Haygood Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach–Norfolk region for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake roads between...
VA 2.7 mi Concrete

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Trails by activity

Little Neck Road Trail

VA - 3.3 miles

The Little Nec Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between W. Little Neck Road and Virginia...

Dam Neck Road Trail

VA - 7.9 miles

The Dam Neck Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Salem Road and Terrier Avenue,...

Elizabeth River Trail (Atlantic City Spur)

VA - 9.5 miles

The Elizabeth River Trail–Atlantic City Spur runs for 9.5 miles between Harbor Park Stadium and the Norfolk International Terminals. The trail occupies a railroad right-of-way yet incorporates a...

Salem Road Trail

VA - 1.3 miles

Salem Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between South Independence Boulevard and Princess...

Accordion

Duck Trail

NC - 6 miles

The Duck Trail stretches the length of the Town of Duck, a beach resort in the Outer Banks. The trail links residential areas to the countless restaurants and charming local stores along Duck Road/...

Newport News Park Bikeway

VA - 5.3 miles

The Newport News Park Bikeway offers a pleasant 5-mile loop through southern Virginia woodlands. The unpaved trail takes you through the 8,000-acre park and offers a connection to Colonial National...

Lynnhaven Parkway Trail

VA - 6.4 miles

The Lynnhaven Parkway Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Lishell Place and Stewart...

Corolla Greenway

NC - 9 miles

Corolla Greenway offers beautiful views of Currituck Sound and maritime forest along North Carolina's popular Outer Banks. The paved north-south pathway, which largely parallels N.C. Highway 12 (also...

Harris Road Trail

VA - 0.6 miles

The Harris Road Trail parallels Harris Road on the east side, through the neighborhoods south of Lynnhaven Bay in Virginia Beach. The short trail runs between Little Neck Road and Kline Drive. At the...

Cape Henry Trail

VA - 7.5 miles

The northern end of the Cape Henry Trail follows a former railroad corridor built to connect the isolated Cape Henry to Norfolk. In 1902, a second rail line to Virginia Beach was developed through...

Birdneck Road Trail

VA - 2.1 miles

The Birdneck Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Norfolk Avenue and General Booth...

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

VA - 2.6 miles

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is among one of the most popular trails in the Virginia Beach area. Throughout the summer the boardwalk hums with pedestrians taking in the shops and beach along this...

Norfolk Avenue Trail

VA - 1.3 miles

The Norfolk Avenue Trail runs along the north side of Norfolk Avenue between Pacific Avenue and South Birdneck Drive to the west. The paved trail links Virginia Beach neighborhoods, shopping, and...

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (VA)

VA - 8.5 miles

Formerly part of US 17, the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail offers users a remote experience as it runs alongside the Dismal Swamp Canal and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. On this wide,...

Trillium Trail (Sandy Bottom Nature Park)

VA - 3.3 miles

Sandy Bottom Nature Park is a 456-acre recreational oasis in Hampton, bordered on the northeast side by Interstate 64 and surrounded by busy residential, shopping and entertainment areas. Before it...

Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail

VA - 5 miles

The Southern Tip Bike & Hike Trail runs parallel to the approach for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel for a total of 5 miles at the southern end of Virginia's Eastern Shore. Although never more than a...

Upton Drive Trail

VA - 0.6 miles

The Upton Drive Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to a short section of its namesake road between Nimmo Parkway and...

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (NC)

NC - 2.75 miles

The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is a paved, heavily wooded pathway along the eastern border of Dismal Swamp State Park. The park offers more than 112,000 acres of forested wetlands and is teeming with...

Wesleyan Drive/Haygood Road Trail

VA - 2.7 miles

The Wesleyan Drive/Haygood Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach–Norfolk region for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake roads between...

Diamond Springs Road Trail

VA - 1.1 miles

The Diamond Springs Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach–Norfolk region for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Wesleyan Drive and...

Harris Road Trail

VA - 0.6 miles

The Harris Road Trail parallels Harris Road on the east side, through the neighborhoods south of Lynnhaven Bay in Virginia Beach. The short trail runs between Little Neck Road and Kline Drive. At the...

Kempsville Road Trail

VA - 7.3 miles

The Kempsville Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Providence Road (SR 40) and...

Little Neck Road Trail

VA - 3.3 miles

The Little Nec Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between W. Little Neck Road and Virginia...

Corolla Greenway

NC - 9 miles

Corolla Greenway offers beautiful views of Currituck Sound and maritime forest along North Carolina's popular Outer Banks. The paved north-south pathway, which largely parallels N.C. Highway 12 (also...

Accordion

Chesapeake Boulevard Trail

VA - 0.7 miles

This is a dedicated asphalt multi-use trail that runs adjacent to Chesapeake Boulevard in the Fairmount Park neighborhoo of Norfolk, Virginia. Adjacent bicycle sharrow lanes commence at the north end...

Birdneck Road Trail

VA - 2.1 miles

The Birdneck Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Norfolk Avenue and General Booth...

Great Neck Road/London Bridge Road Trail

VA - 11.5 miles

This 11.5-mile paved trail begins in the busy commercial area just south of Shore Drive/US 60 in Virginia Beach. If you wish to reach one of the most popular parks in the state, head east on the Cape...

Independence Boulevard Trail

VA - 3.8 miles

The Independence Boulevard Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to S. Independence Boulevard in two disconnected...

Duck Trail

NC - 6 miles

The Duck Trail stretches the length of the Town of Duck, a beach resort in the Outer Banks. The trail links residential areas to the countless restaurants and charming local stores along Duck Road/...

Newport News Park Bikeway

VA - 5.3 miles

The Newport News Park Bikeway offers a pleasant 5-mile loop through southern Virginia woodlands. The unpaved trail takes you through the 8,000-acre park and offers a connection to Colonial National...

Wesleyan Drive/Haygood Road Trail

VA - 2.7 miles

The Wesleyan Drive/Haygood Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach–Norfolk region for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake roads between...

Upton Drive Trail

VA - 0.6 miles

The Upton Drive Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to a short section of its namesake road between Nimmo Parkway and...

Lynnhaven Parkway Trail

VA - 6.4 miles

The Lynnhaven Parkway Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Lishell Place and Stewart...

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

VA - 2.6 miles

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is among one of the most popular trails in the Virginia Beach area. Throughout the summer the boardwalk hums with pedestrians taking in the shops and beach along this...

Rosemont Road Trail

VA - 3.5 miles

The Rosemont Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Holland Road and Whiteberry Lane....

General Booth Boulevard Trail

VA - 6.1 miles

The General Booth Boulevard Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Princess Anne Road and...

Diamond Springs Road Trail

VA - 1.1 miles

The Diamond Springs Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach–Norfolk region for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Wesleyan Drive and...

Elizabeth River Trail (Atlantic City Spur)

VA - 9.5 miles

The Elizabeth River Trail–Atlantic City Spur runs for 9.5 miles between Harbor Park Stadium and the Norfolk International Terminals. The trail occupies a railroad right-of-way yet incorporates a...

Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail

VA - 5.6 miles

The Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail is a developing project that will one day span 11.5 miles, connecting the communities of Suffolk and Chesapeake in southeastern Virginia. The trail is also part of...

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (VA)

VA - 8.5 miles

Formerly part of US 17, the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail offers users a remote experience as it runs alongside the Dismal Swamp Canal and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. On this wide,...

Harris Road Trail

VA - 0.6 miles

The Harris Road Trail parallels Harris Road on the east side, through the neighborhoods south of Lynnhaven Bay in Virginia Beach. The short trail runs between Little Neck Road and Kline Drive. At the...

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

VA - 2.6 miles

The Virginia Beach Boardwalk is among one of the most popular trails in the Virginia Beach area. Throughout the summer the boardwalk hums with pedestrians taking in the shops and beach along this...

Chesapeake Boulevard Trail

VA - 0.7 miles

This is a dedicated asphalt multi-use trail that runs adjacent to Chesapeake Boulevard in the Fairmount Park neighborhoo of Norfolk, Virginia. Adjacent bicycle sharrow lanes commence at the north end...

Little Neck Road Trail

VA - 3.3 miles

The Little Nec Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between W. Little Neck Road and Virginia...

Accordion

Diamond Springs Road Trail

VA - 1.1 miles

The Diamond Springs Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach–Norfolk region for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Wesleyan Drive and...

Norfolk Avenue Trail

VA - 1.3 miles

The Norfolk Avenue Trail runs along the north side of Norfolk Avenue between Pacific Avenue and South Birdneck Drive to the west. The paved trail links Virginia Beach neighborhoods, shopping, and...

Kempsville Road Trail

VA - 7.3 miles

The Kempsville Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Providence Road (SR 40) and...

Salem Road Trail

VA - 1.3 miles

Salem Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between South Independence Boulevard and Princess...

Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail

VA - 5.6 miles

The Suffolk Seaboard Coastline Trail is a developing project that will one day span 11.5 miles, connecting the communities of Suffolk and Chesapeake in southeastern Virginia. The trail is also part of...

Elizabeth River Trail (Atlantic City Spur)

VA - 9.5 miles

The Elizabeth River Trail–Atlantic City Spur runs for 9.5 miles between Harbor Park Stadium and the Norfolk International Terminals. The trail occupies a railroad right-of-way yet incorporates a...

Corolla Greenway

NC - 9 miles

Corolla Greenway offers beautiful views of Currituck Sound and maritime forest along North Carolina's popular Outer Banks. The paved north-south pathway, which largely parallels N.C. Highway 12 (also...

Trillium Trail (Sandy Bottom Nature Park)

VA - 3.3 miles

Sandy Bottom Nature Park is a 456-acre recreational oasis in Hampton, bordered on the northeast side by Interstate 64 and surrounded by busy residential, shopping and entertainment areas. Before it...

General Booth Boulevard Trail

VA - 6.1 miles

The General Booth Boulevard Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Princess Anne Road and...

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (VA)

VA - 8.5 miles

Formerly part of US 17, the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail offers users a remote experience as it runs alongside the Dismal Swamp Canal and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. On this wide,...

Independence Boulevard Trail

VA - 3.8 miles

The Independence Boulevard Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to S. Independence Boulevard in two disconnected...

Newport News Park Bikeway

VA - 5.3 miles

The Newport News Park Bikeway offers a pleasant 5-mile loop through southern Virginia woodlands. The unpaved trail takes you through the 8,000-acre park and offers a connection to Colonial National...

Dam Neck Road Trail

VA - 7.9 miles

The Dam Neck Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Salem Road and Terrier Avenue,...

Nimmo Parkway Trail

VA - 1.5 miles

Nimmo Parkway Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Albuquerque Drive and just a little...

Birdneck Road Trail

VA - 2.1 miles

The Birdneck Road Trail is one in a series of suburban trails in the Virginia Beach area for non-motorized use. The trail runs parallel to its namesake road between Norfolk Avenue and General Booth...

Great Neck Road/London Bridge Road Trail

VA - 11.5 miles

This 11.5-mile paved trail begins in the busy commercial area just south of Shore Drive/US 60 in Virginia Beach. If you wish to reach one of the most popular parks in the state, head east on the Cape...

Recent Trail Reviews

Norfolk Avenue Trail

short trail.

August, 2022 by aldo_desalvo

Connects bird neck road path to the oceanfront. This is an old Norfolk slither rail trail. Currently there is about 7 miles that remains unused. There is a new light rail at the end

Lynnhaven Parkway Trail

side of the road trail.

August, 2022 by aldo_desalvo

A way to ride and not be on the the road

Cape Henry Trail

mountain bike

August, 2022 by aldo_desalvo

Challenging trail. Highly recommended a mountain bike. I have made it through with a gravel bike. Lots of sites. You can ride from Shore drive to the ocean in connecting roads and trails

Accordion

General Booth Boulevard Trail

general booth trail. Virginia Beach

August, 2022 by aldo_desalvo

Connects to dam neck trail. You can combine the trails and the ocean from and ride pretty safely for 15 mile.

Dam Neck Road Trail

dam neck trail Virginia Beach

August, 2022 by aldo_desalvo

This trail has some bumps on it but let’s you ride away from traffic for 7 miles. The. It connects to another trail to take you to the oceanfront. I ride it all the time.

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (VA)

dismal swamp trail

August, 2022 by aldo_desalvo

Old route 17 and no interceptions. Very good place to ride with no interference of cars. Not a easy ride to get there if you want to bike to it

Kempsville Road Trail

not a trail

August, 2022 by aldo_desalvo

Just a roadie with some Bike path at the end

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (VA)

Very smooth for skating

July, 2022 by bill.herron

Great asphalt path for inline skating. Other than twigs and pine tree needles it is very clean with no rocks. This would be a great place for a long skating ride. I went 10 miles, because I couldn’t stop to turn around. It was too fun!

Newport News Park Bikeway

Great for a Tandem Bike ride¿

July, 2022 by utpaduke

Mel and I rode this beautiful trail on our tandem bike on Mon-Tues. We had planned to ride 2 loops for 10.6M each day. After completing the 1st loop on Monday, we decided to ride the trail in reverse from exit to begin. We found riding in that direction more conducive to the slight ups/downs! Even though it has been hot average 85F, the heat was manageable - 99% shaded¿ Luv it!

Virginia Beach Boardwalk

Nice 3 mile ride, has a bike lane next to the oceanfront. Early morning rides are the best as it might get crowded later on in the day

May, 2022 by thehump71

Nice 3 mile ride, has a bike lane next to the oceanfront. Early morning rides are the best as it might get crowded later on in the day

Little Neck Road Trail

Little Neck Road Trail is nothing like the cover photo

May, 2022 by xrz6m7dq7j

Little Neck Road Trail is nothing like the cover photo. It’s nice and shady, but not scenic. If you ride from Home Depot and head North, you will ride parallel to a 4-lane 45mph road for 2 miles. The last 1.5 miles will be through a quiet, residential area.

Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (NC)

This Trail description needs some work

May, 2022 by dasmithii

Although the trail description does describe this as 4.5 mile asphalt trail, the comments provide some very misleading information that might be helped by some broader clarification in the main trail description.

When accessing this Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (NC), you come in contact with a network of recreational park resources that are adjacent to, but have nothing to do with, the Canal Trail to which this entry refers.

1. The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (NC), is as described is a paved section of trail from a south-end trailhead parking area at the intersection of Route 17 and NC Highway 343 N going north to the NC Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center. (Note that the trail and Welcome Center are on the east side of the canal, between the canal and Route 17). The actual trail length is about 3.4 miles. I don't know how the 4.5 mile distance in description is calculated. The following description is taken from the Welcome Center website (https://dismalswampwelcomecenter.com/hiking/).

"Dismal Swamp Canal Trail

This three mile paved trail begins at the southern end of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center/Dismal Swamp State Park off US Hwy 17 and meanders through a wooded area between the historic waterway and the historic highway, ending at NC Hwy 343. A 5 foot wide extension provides access for the trail to the Village of South Mills. This trail is beautifully maintained by Camden County Parks & Recreation."

I checked with the visitor desk at this welcome center and with the State Park Welcome Center (see below) and they both assured me that this was the only paved section of trail along the NC part of the Dismal Canal.
Note that this section of trail is maintained by Camden County Parks & Recreation.

Also note that the Welcome Center is home to a 150’ face dock along the Dismal Canal that provides a rest stop to nearly 2,000 boaters yearly. See https://dismalswampwelcomecenter.com/boating/

2. There is a swing bridge across the Dismal Canal, accessed from the Camden County Welcome Center parking lot on the EAST side, that leads to the NC Dismal Swamp State Park on the WEST side of the Canal.

See both https://dismalswampwelcomecenter.com/state-park/ and https://www.ncparks.gov/dismal-swamp-state-park.

Note that the Welcome Center and the State Park are entirely separate organizationally, and although they cooperate, they are run entirely separately.

The State Park has a system of "trails", although from the perspective of Rail-to-Trail and TrailLink.com users I think the designation of "trails" is a bit generous. The State Park bikeable trails are, for most of the mileage, nothing more than old logging roads, which are quite rough (large gravel, largely ungroomed, sections with tree roots making the trail quite rough, some sections not much more than a grassy overgrown path).

See the map at https://dismalswampwelcomecenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/DISW_mappad15.pdf

Most of the State Park trails (roads) run straight as an arrow in a grid pattern through the swamp. The main rectangle of the grid, which makes up the largest part of the trail mileage is bounded by Kim Saunders Road, Forest Line Road, Corapeake Road and Martha Washington Trail. It's a somewhat uninspiring ride. Gravel Bikers or MTBers may be more inclined to like this ride, but for the typical Rail-to-Trail rider, this isn't an expected experience.

The confusion in this TrailLink entry on "Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (NC)" is that there are comments referring to stuff that has absolutely nothing to do with the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail (NC). One comment refers to starting your ride up in "Chessie" (address is 1200 Dismal Swamp Canal). This is way up in Virginia! The Virgina part of the trail is, from what I've read, entirely different than the NC section. Another comment refers to the State Park trails, which again, have nothing to do with the Canal Trail. The State Park trails largely run perpendicular to and away from the Canal. (Comment that refers to State Park trails... "The trails are very well maintained. Despite all the previous rain, I had an awesome 23 mile ride and thoroughly enjoyed the day. The park Staff are very knowledgeable and friendly.")

If you are expecting a Canal Towpath (trail following the old towpath right along the canal) type experience which is more typical of other preserved canal trails in the Mid-Atlantic and NE canals, you will be sorely disappointed.

The State Park trails are what they are, and serve a purpose, although different than what the typical Rail-to-Trail user expects. I'm simply suggesting that this trial description needs to be clarified to make clear to what it does, and does not, refer.

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