Away from the clamor and vivacity of Virginia Beach lies the sparkling waters of Cape Henry in First Landing State Park. The hiking and biking trail that runs along the shore of Cape Henry Trail stretches for approximately seven and a half miles. As you bike along, you’ll notice that the trail is fairly organic, having been created and improved over the decades by fellow bikers and avid hikers speeding and stamping along. Made of crushed stone, gravel and sand, the trail is lined with natural Spanish moss and filled with the serene sounds of birds chirping and water flowing – not a concrete slab in sight.
The Dam Neck Road Trail is one of most underrated biking trails in Virginia Beach, and also one of the longest. At just under eight miles of undisturbed biking along the busy Dam Neck Road, you’ll be removed from the shoreline but close to the countryside, in the heart of the city. Made of asphalt and concrete to ensure an incredibly smooth ride, you can also rent skates or skateboards and race your friends down this quiet and spacious roadside path.
The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail has a misleading name because, while it is certainly not dismal, it does run the circumference of a murky, atmospheric lake. The access point of this trail is in Chesapeake County, but the almost nine mile length that it runs just barely hits the edge of Virginia Beach. There’s also another access point one state over, in North Carolina, where it grazes the border and shares the namesake swamp. Come here for a wide, flat-paved pathway where you can leisurely ride your bike amidst the hum of insects and chirrups of songbirds.