Seaside Trail to Dune Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 9' 3 m
Descent: -10' -3 m
High: 11' 3 m
Low: 4' 1 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 1% (1°)
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“This loop trail gives visitors a view of the beach, dunes, and a touch of the bay.”— Erica Ryder
Halfway through the dunes on this trail, you'll find a viewing platform from which you can see the ocean and the Back Bay. Be sure to stop for a look! On your return back north to the parking lot, you'll once again pass by freshwater ponds, with an opportunity to view turtles, snakes, great blue herons, and other birds.
Approximately a third of a mile from the Seaside Trail, follow the Dune Trail sign and hike over the first dune to access the trail. Continue on the boardwalk and enjoy the view from the platform halfway through the dunes. Once you exit the Dune Trail boardwalk, take a right and continue north to the visitor center and parking lot on the gravel path.
Visitors also experience the fragile dune ecosystem. Flora that can be seen on this hike include wax myrtles, Virginia meadow beauty, trumpet vines, Virginia creepers, and sea oats.
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