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Cape Henry Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.9 (8)

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


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6.2

Miles

10.1

KM

100%

Runnable

68' 21 m

High

5' 1 m

Low

120' 37 m

Up

139' 42 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

4%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Land Manager: Virginia State Parks

Shared By:

Chris Lynch

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  3.9 from 8 votes

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#226

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#8,662

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Photos

Bald cypress swamp alongside Cape Henry Trail, featuring interesting "knees" from the Bald Cypress trees. The trees are relatives of the Redwood family.
Oct 10, 2015 near Virgini…, VA
Beginning of White Hill Lake Trail, entry through turnstile
Oct 10, 2015 near Virgini…, VA
Beginning of Kingfisher Trail from the Cape Henry Trail.
Jan 21, 2016 near Virgini…, VA
Spanish moss hanging over the Cape Henry Trail.
Oct 10, 2015 near Virgini…, VA
Entry point of Cape Henry Trail from Trail Center at First Landing State Park
Oct 10, 2015 near Virgini…, VA
Trail Center at First Landing State Park. This is the parking area for 6-mile loop trail run.
Oct 10, 2015 near Virgini…, VA

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