Virginia Beach Trail

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​VB Trail RenderingThe Virginia Beach Trail #VBTrail is a proposed 12-mile shared-use path within the former Norfolk Southern Railroad Corridor. The trail will provide a continuous east-west connection from the western city limit at Newtown Road to the Oceanfront. The design and construction of the trail is divided into five phases. The eastern-most 1.5 miles of shared-use path is already constructed between Birdneck Road and Pacific Avenue. The remaining 10.5 miles are proposed to include two pedestrian bridges over waterways and a pedestrian bridge over Independence Boulevard.

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Phase 1

thalia-creek-primary-corridor-rendering-trail.jpgPhase One of the Virginia Beach Trail will begin in the Town Center area and provide access for pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the Pembroke Strategi​c Growth Area (SGA)​ as well as provide the northern loop connection to the Thalia Creek Greenway project.​

Phase 2​​​​​

Phase Two will be constructed closer to the oceanfront, connecting the existing Norfolk Avenue shared-use path where it ends at Birdneck Road and will continue westward.

​Phases 3 - 5

The remaining three phases will fill in the gaps to complete the project with a continuous ten-foot-wide asphalt trail.​​


The VB Trail has been a part of the City Council adopted Virginia Beach Bikeways and Trails Plan since 1981 and has continued to be a priority project. Continuation of the design and construction of the project is pending future funding.

The 10.5-mile Virginia Beach Trail would be the final connection to the Atlantic Ocean from the existing South Hampton Roads Trail​, a regional trail that currently runs through Suffolk, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Chesapeake.