Urban Trail

A Ride on Norfolk's Elizabeth River Trail Offers a Snapshot Image of the City



Elizabeth River Trail

Carolyn Zemanian

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Are you interested in the environment? What about history? Do you find yourself drawn more to natural scenery or to cityscapes? The Elizabeth River Trail, an exercise in contrasts, offers it all.

The trail winds from the neighborhood of Lochhaven to Harbor Park Stadium—all in all, a ride of about 9.5 miles. To beat the heat, I started cycling around 8:30 a.m. and accomplished the route in about an hour and a half at an easy pace and with stops for pictures. Though the exercise was great and the views of the river were wonderful, I was most impacted by the fact that the Elizabeth River Trail offers a brief picture of Norfolk in its entirety.