Could there be anything more quintessentially summer than the carefree stroll on a boardwalk? Surrounded by reeds, water, or even forest, these wooden walkways have a way of glorifying the surrounding beauty. These 8 boardwalks in Virginia are no exception. There’s really no wrong time of day to put on your sandals, meet up with a friend, and enjoy these lovely summer spots. Make sure to bring a camera, especially if you’re going at sunrise or sunset. As you’ll see from these photographs, there are few places more stunning in the entire state.
1. Virginia Beach boardwalk
Virginia Beach is perhaps the most iconic boardwalk in Virginia, and possibly the entire coast. The walk is located in the southeastern portion of the city and stretches for an impressive three miles.
2. Atlantic pier boardwalk
For those seeking a more traditional view of the Atlantic, the pier boardwalk is a must. If you're feeling especially motivated, waking up early will yield a beautiful sunrise view as photographed above.
3. First Landing State Park
Also located in Virginia Beach, First Landing State Park offers amazing recreational and historical opportunities for visitors. The park is named for the nearby area where the Jamestown company first made their settlement. The rustic boardwalk leads to pristine beaches, especially beautiful at sunset.
4. Boardwalk to Historic Jamestown
And while you're in the neighborhood, why not head to Jamestown? This original capital of colonial Virginia has plenty to explore, and it's best done on foot. The boardwalk into the settlement will set the perfect tone for your exploring adventures.
5. Ragged Island boardwalk
Right along highway 258, the Ragged Island boardwalk is located near the iconic James River. The surrounding wildlife refuge consists of 1,537 acres of unspoiled marshland and can be found in Isle of Wight county.
6. Virginia Capital Trail
Located in Charles City County, the Virginia Capital Trail winds along Route 5 and the James River. The scenic drive makes its way from Richmond to Jamestown and Williamsburg. The Capital Trail boardwalk spans the wetland, providing unique views of this natural area.
7. Alexandria boardwalk
Alexandria's Old Town waterfront is one of the most charming spots in the area. In addition to excellent dining options, visitors can also enjoy boat tours.
8. Huntley Meadows
Located in Fairfax County, Huntley Meadows consists of 1,500 acres of beautiful marshlands and forests. It's also the site of the historically significant George Mason plantation. Visitors can enjoy gorgeous views of the Potomac River and the nearby wildlife. One of the highlights of the area is the half-mile boardwalk that winds through the remarkable wet lowlands.