False Cape State Park (back Bay Wildlife Refuge)

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.40 out of 5
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Easiest
15
miles

Doubletrack
↑ 400 ft
↓ 400 ft
4
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
Located in southern Virginia Beach, False Cape State Park is a mile-wide barrier spit between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Access is through the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and is limited to hiking, bicycling or boating. The park features primitive camping and an extensive environmental education program in one of the last undisturbed coastal environments on the East Coast.
Hiking, bicycle trails, self-guided trails. Five trails, including the Barbour Hill self-guided interpretive trail, total 15.3 miles. They are available for hiking, biking and exploration. The park’s location on a barrier spit allows visitors to observe beaches, dunes, maritime forests of oak and pine, wooded swamps, marshes and the bay all in one visit.
During the summer, the gnats will swarm and follow you. The trail is best ridden before the heat. You can ride all the way to the Wash Woods area, but only between April 1 and October 31. The interior trails are closed from November 1 through March 31. More info can be found at the link below.

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/fal.shtml
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

May 13, 2017
Jcoffren Granny Gear  
 
Review: We absolutely loved this trail. We highly recommend the 5 mile ride from the visitors center along the beach to NC. Go through the fence and over the dunes. You might see a wild horse grazing there.

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Gramcounter


September 26, 2014
rcflyingvb Gramcounter  
 
Review: The hidden gem of virginia beach is false cape state park with an easy trail and great locations throughout it is hard to beat for biking and camping

Similar Trail: First Landing State Park

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Granny Gear

July 27, 2013
 
Review: On a nice day this ride is very relaxing for any rider of any skill level.

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Epic

August 29, 2012
 
Review: This was a pretty cool ride. The only way to get to the park itself is by foot, boat, or bike. I was able to pedal about 7 miles but hit a few sections of deep sand. Rode the trails on my beach cruiser with no problem.

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Gramcounter

July 3, 2009
 
Review: first of all it cost $5 to park and you also get a map of the trails and the length of each one. it wasnt bad, i enjoyed it. the trail starts off rough but gets easier. bring sunblock and bug spray. theres water available about 4miles into the trail. there are smaller trails that lead off to the beach but its all deep sand and you'll end up walking most of it. if you are looking to build up some endurance after being off a bike for a while this trail is for you. nothing technical but there is some hill areas.

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False Cape State Park (back Bay Wildlife Refuge) MTB Trail 4.40 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.
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