ElevationAscent: 78' 24 m
Descent: -64' -19 m
High: 103' 31 m
Low: 38' 12 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“Short loop trail through hardwood forest that follows the edge of a cypress swamp.”— Ethan Cason
The trail begins by hiking over a small wooden foot-bridge. The loop begins and ends here so you can go left or right. By taking a right you begin by hiking along the swamps of Stumpy Lake. There is an abundance of cypress trees. Waterfowl, egrets and herons are seen along this section of the trail. About 0.2 miles into the trail you'll encounter a footbridge built by boy scouts. After the footbridge the low lying areas of the swamp to your right begin to disappear as you enter into more hardwood forest.
Halfway through the loop turn left to stay on Loop 1 (Loop 2 continues straight). Stay on Loop 1 until you reach another intersection. Take a right for Loop 2. Take a left to stay on Loop 1. You'll go through a few large groves of Paw-Paw trees. The trail continues back to the trailhead. This trail is wide and mulched in some areas. Along the trail there is an abundance of roots so watch your footing.
This is trail is adopted by the Urban Trail Blazers and managed by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation.
Shrubs - Wild Blueberry, Wax Myrtle, Cardinal Flower, American Holly, Ferns & more.
You are almost assured to see squirrels and many birds on this trail. Over 95 species of birds have been recorded at Stumpy Lake.
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Land Manager: City of Virginia Beach - Parks & Recreation