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6.2 mile 10.1 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable


Ascent: 120' 37 m
Descent: -139' -42 m
High: 68' 21 m
Low: 5' 1 m


Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 4% (3°)


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A wide, flat trail with views of Bald Cypress swamps, Spanish Moss, and Broad Bay.

Chris Lynch

Features Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Mostly flat, but there are several sandy areas that are more difficult for running. Some of the middle portion of the trail drains poorly after heavy rains, so you might need to run through shallow puddles after rains.


This trail is a north-south, point-to-point connector trail that runs the length of First Landing State Park from Shore Drive on the north to 64th Street and ending at Broad Bay on the south.

From the northernmost entry, the trail starts as a paved surface for the first mile or so, as it travels through the forest toward the Trail Center. At that point, it becomes a (still relatively flat) wide, packed sandy path through Bald Cypress swamps. This part of trail is the bulk of the trail's length and is very popular, so plan for crowds on the weekends and be alert to families, mountain bikers, and generally distracted pedestrians.

At the southernmost end, the trail enters the "Narrows" section of the park after crossing 64th Street. This segment includes many loose, sandy segments that make for more difficult progress. The trail ends near a sandy beach swimming site on Broad Bay.

Flora & Fauna

Coastal forest woods featuring Bald Cypress and Spanish Moss. Snowy egrets and herons are regularly sighted.


Land Manager: Virginia State Parks

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Start at the main trail center and this is a 5 mile run to "The Narrows", You can cut off on the way back to Long Creek Trail for a 10 mile round trip run. I don't know who says either of these runs are easy. Cape Henry itself is mostly long gentle grades that are much harder on endurance than flat and will definitely upgrade your endurance. Put it together with Long Creek, which has several gut wrenching climbs and you will get your ass kicked. The Cape Henry/Long Creek combo is an excellent trail to train on for strength and endurance! Overall I give i an intermediate+, but it's all what you make it! I recommend trail running over road running to anyone for reduced body impact and it's almost always nicer to run in the woods. On rainy days there are several long deep muddy puddles on Cape Henry that are a real pain. Aug 27, 2016

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