Bald Cypress Trail, Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia 23459

Bald Cypress Trail, Virginia Beach

Bald Cypress Trail, Virginia Beach Professional Review and Guide

"First Landing/Seashore State Park is an ecological jewel in the midst of the heavily populated northern part of Virginia Beach. Almost 20 miles of trails wind through 2,800 acres of maritime forest, bayfront beaches, and cypress swamps that contain 500 species of plants.

A small visitor center includes exhibits on the geological history, plants, and animals of the area. Other amenities include campsites, rustic cabins, a picnic area, and a boat ramp.

Special attractions: Maritime forest, cypress lagoons, animal and bird habitats."

Bald Cypress Trail, Virginia Beach Reviews

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This is a well traveled and maintained trail, good for all ages. The first half (which starts behind the visitor center) is probably more used, but the better scenery in our opinion was on the second half of the trail. Would recommend that if you're especially sensitive to mosquitos that you be ready for them prior to arrival, as they are very persistent. There are quite a few trail markers along the hike, numbered and lettered, very well worth spending the extra 50 cents for the break out (again procure at the visitor center). 1 bottle of water or gatorade per person should suffice.
I run this trail often. If you are trying to get off of the roads it is one of the best trails to go to in Virginia Beach. Parking would be the only issue you could encounter. If you can't get into the park because of all the people, then you will have to walk in. Other than that it is great!
Went out hiking with my dog and put in a full day around the trails. There's a decent amount of bicycle traffic on the cape henry trail which is mostly flat. The Osprey trail was my favorite overall. It takes you right around the southern perimeter of the park along Broad Bay. Make sure you bring boots/shoes you can get wet since parts of the trail are either marshes or get flooded out during high tide. There was some great scenery along the route and wildlife/birds all over. Parking wasn't an issue, but seems like it could be at the trail center on a busy day.
Unfortunately, I didn't get a ton of time on this trail due to the extremely POOR directions to the entrance of the state park where the trail resides. The small part of the trails I saw were GREAT! I enjoyed the quiet and condition of the trails. If you plan to go there, take note that the entrance described in the directions on the website is at 64th Street. As a runner, leaving from one of the hotels nearby, not having this tiny bit of information caused me to spend more of my time outside the park trying to find the entrance than inside enjoying the trails. I look forward to my next visit when I'll know where I'm going and I hope this posting helps the next person.

Trail Information

Virginia Beach
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1 hour
Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center
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Jul 2018