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Trail of the Month: Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Bike Path

Trail of the Month:  Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Bike Path

Hampton Roads residents are likely familiar with the boardwalk at Virginia Beach, but do you know there’s a bike path parallel to the boardwalk?

As shown below, for the comfort of each user, Virginia Beach provides two options along the ocean: a 24’ concrete boardwalk for pedestrians, joggers, and rollerbladers; and a 10’ asphalt path for cyclists. Both options—separated from each other by a landscaped strip—run 39 blocks from Rudee Inlet to 40th Street, a distance of 2.7 miles.

Photo of Bike Path and Boardwalk at Va. Beach

Bike Path and Boardwalk at Virginia Beach
Source: VirginiaBeach.gov

Aerial Photo of a portion of Bike Path and Boardwalk at Va. Beach

Bike Path and Boardwalk at Virginia Beach
Source: Microsoft Bing

According to the Virginia Beach VisitorsGuide (https://virginiabeach.guide):

  • The boardwalk was first built in 1888, made of wooden planks
  • In 1926 a concrete boardwalk was opened
  • A new seawall and boardwalk was built in the 1990s.

Photo of Bike Path Va. Beach looking down the bike path

Bike Path at Oceanfront
Source: VBgov.com

The boardwalk and parallel bike path run along the entire commercial strip of Virginia Beach.

Map image showing the Boardwalk and Bike Path Vicinity

Boardwalk and Bike Path Vicinity
Source: Google My Maps programmed by HRTPO staff

As shown below, municipal parking and bike rentals are available at several locations. (Note that many of these rental businesses are seasonal.)

Map image showing Municipal Parking and Bike Rentals near Boardwalk and Bike Path

Municipal Parking and Bike Rentals near Boardwalk and Bike Path

Source: Google My Maps programmed by HRTPO staff

According to VirginiaBeach.gov website, city-controlled parking is free under select circumstances, listed below:

  • Free Parking - Allowed on streets in neighborhoods surrounding the Resort Area from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking is also available at some on-street locations that don’t have meters and that aren’t covered by Residential Parking Permits.
  • Handicap Parking - Free for the first four hours in all metered street spaces.
  • ​Off-season Metered Parking - Free at on-street spaces from Nov. 1 to March 31.
  • ​Off-season Surface Lot Parking - Free at all municipal parking lots from Nov. 1 to March 31.

Photo of a couple sitting on the beach looking at the ocean.

Source: HRTPO staff

See you at the beach!

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