The Quieter Side Of Virginia Beach

woman using binoculars bird watching

One reason Virginia Beach is such a popular destination for travelers is the diversity of attractions and recreation opportunities. If you love to hike, run, ride your bike, and get back to nature, you’ll be happy to know that Virginia Beach has more than surf and sand to satisfy your appetite for adventure.

Once you’ve soaked up the requisite Virginia Beach sun at Chick’s Beach or the Oceanfront, why not lace up your hiking boots, load up the mountain bike or kayak and explore some of the area’s natural assets? Enjoy native flora and fauna (yes, we do get the occasional deer and assorted furry critters in deeper foliage) and don’t forget the sunscreen, bug repellent, and your camera.

Mount Trashmore Park

Mount Trashmore is a popular spot for runners and walkers. The many trails are great for regular exercise in the fresh air, and the kids love the recently expanded playground and skate park. Climb the hill and have a look around town, bring a kite to fly or a Frisbee to throw, and enjoy!

First Landing State Park

First Landing State Park is the city’s most visited state park, and features many trails for hikers and mountain bikers. For a fee you can access the lakefront or ocean for a day at a semi-secluded beach, and you can rent cabins or tent space for an extended stay.

A boardwalk on the Bald Cypress path in First Landing state park, Virginia Beach, Va,


False Cape State Park

For those who really enjoy roughing it, False Cape State Park offers opportunities to fish, row, and camp. You can’t drive there directly but will have to take a tram to the park area. Check with Virginia State Parks for schedules.

Great Blue Heron basking in the sun at False Cape State Park

Redwing Park

Redwing Park is close to area campgrounds and features a lovely Japanese garden for quiet meditation. Events are held at the park year round, so check with us to see what’s happening.


Martin Walsh is an owner of The Vacation Channel, and filmmaker with over a decade of experience making engaging travel content. He’s on a mission to make sure your family has fun this year with a trip to Coastal Virginia. If you would like a local’s opinion, you can always send him a question via email. Now get outside and go have an adventure!

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