What has two wheels, two legs, and countless hours of fun? You – when you enjoy a summer bicycle ride in Chesapeake. This time of year, the weather is perfect for friends and family to come together and cruise along some of the city’s most scenic routes.

If you prefer to cruise through Chesapeake’s great outdoors, the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail is just your speed. This paved multi-use trail is perfect to explore the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife refuge via two wheels. The trail runs south for 8.6 miles, adjacent to the Dismal Swamp Canal. Located at the Ballahack Boat Ramp, around the 5 3/4 mile mark, is a bicycle repair/maintenance station. In addition you will find restrooms and picnic areas for a great day of exploring.

Want a biking experience unlike any other in Coastal, VA? Cycle your way across the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge. The walking path on this modern marvel of engineering has become a hotspot for cardio enthusiasts. Peddle along at a steady clip as the bridge’s 5% incline brings you 169 feet above the water below. Want to track how much ground you cover? Round trip on the “tallest bridge in Coastal, VA” and back is approximately three miles. Parking is available at Elizabeth River Park or a small lot at the pedestrian access.

Northwest River Park has several lakeside and island-crossing bike paths that you won’t want to miss. The park even has bikes available to rent. With campgrounds and tons of activities on-site, you might even want to make a weekend of it.  

Chesapeake has many parks and trails for biking. It is a great form of exercise and an awesome way to connect with nature – it’s also a cost-free way to get out and about with the people who matter.