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Level: Easiest
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +110/ -113 ft
Total: 35 riders

Mountain Biking False Cape State Park (back Bay Wildlife Refuge)

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#61 of 300 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#2,150 in the world

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.


First added by AboveTheRidge on Feb 21, 2009. Last updated May 4, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Interstate 64, exit on to Indian River Road East. Go 13 miles, then turn left onto Newbridge Road, then right onto Sandbridge Road. Next, turn right onto Sandpiper Road to Little Island City Park. Parking fees required Memorial Day to Labor Day. Day use only parking also is available at Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. From First Landing State Park and oceanfront, turn east onto Shore Drive (Route 60); follow Pacific Avenue to General Booth Boulevard, then left on Princess Anne Road and then straight onto Sandbridge Road. Turn right onto Sandpiper Road to Little Island City Park. Parking fees are required from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
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  • Jcoffren

    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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  • *****

    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

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  • onewordanthem

    On a nice day this ride is very relaxing for any rider of any skill level.

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  • jtorlando25

    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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  • christopher1965

    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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