Dust off your shoes and enjoy these walking spots in Eastern Virginia

The benefits of walking are no secret. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. Instead of taking a stroll on a treadmill, consider walking outside in one of Coastal Virginia’s many scenic spots.

A few picturesque trails and hikes include: 

Seaside Trail to Dune Trail Loop—Get a glimpse of the ocean and freshwater bay at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach. With a variety of fauna throughout the year, visitors can spot pelicans, blue herons, dolphins, turtles, and more. For nature lovers, this is the perfect walk.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge—The interconnected 15-mile network of immersive trails on the north end of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, offers visitors their own refuge to connect and explore this magical island. Beyond its famous wild ponies and the Assateague Lighthouse, you may spot the fox squirrel and a vast array of migratory and nesting birds such as the threatened piping plover, the saltmarsh sparrow, and the American black duck. 

Yorktown Beach and Battlefield—It’s 10.5-mile loop provides a workout as well as an immersive experience. The Yorktown Battlefield is the site of the last Revolutionary War battle, and you’ll also see additional historic sites, like the Monument to Victory and Nelson House. Check out the beach, with breathtaking views of the coast and freshwater cypress swamps.


This article originally appeared in the Best of Virginia 2024 issue.

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