Cape Henry Trail
ElevationAscent: 120' 37 m
Descent: -139' -42 m
High: 68' 21 m
Low: 5' 1 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 4% (3°)
Current trail conditions
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“A wide, flat trail with views of Bald Cypress swamps, Spanish Moss, and Broad Bay.”— Chris Lynch
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.
Land Manager: Virginia State Parks