The Beach Report – March 18, 2011

Friday, March 18th, 2011 by Katherine Jackson

ShoreLines welcomes Katherine Jackson, author of Walking Virginia Beach, a guidebook that details 20 walks throughout Virginia Beach and surrounding cities. Katherine “lives the beach life” by taking full advantage of what the resort city offers every season of the year and by finding anyway possible to get outdoors.  She’ll share her experiences with us on ShoreLines, and here’s her first post – enjoy!


Back Bay Beach

Back Bay Beach

Warm, spring-like weather in March lured me to the southern end of Virginia Beach, where walking opportunities abound at two remote natural areas: Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park. What a perfect subject for my first post about walking in Virginia Beach. On a sunny Saturday morning, we walked a four-mile stretch of the beach – from the parking lot at the refuge to the northern edge of the state park — practically by ourselves. The hard-packed beach made for a perfect walking surface. Wind from the west-southwest pushed up the faces of the waves and caused rooster-tails to spray off the crests. Pelicans glided over the ocean looking for fish, hawks soared overhead and shorebirds skittered along the sand. It was beautiful. We stuck to the beach that day, but numerous trails for walking, biking, and wildlife-watching traverse the dunes, wind through the maritime forest, and stretch along the shore of Back Bay. Having such a solitary and peaceful place so close by is indeed a natural treasure.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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