Black River Lighthouse Ruins Trail

#1 of 1 trails in Grandview Natural Preserve
Black River Lighthouse Ruins Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Grandview, VA that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.9 miles 13 feet Out & Back
dog friendly hiking mountain biking walking beach river views wild flowers wildlife bugs
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Miles of white sand beach, Back River Lighthouse Ruins A gravel road leads you on a half mile tour of tidal marshlands and then to miles of white sand beach.There is over 2 miles of beach. Follow the beach until you reach the lighthouse ruins. The Back River Lighthouse was built in 1829 for $4250. It stood for 127 years before being completely destroyed by a hurricane in 1956. All that remains is a pile of rocks about 50 yards in the ocean.

Brandon McKellar
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Flat! Gorgeous walk. Lots of dogs out here. Seems the owners are good about 'pick-up' though, thanks dog owners!

Theresa B.
2 months ago

Favorite place to take my four legged friend. Clean, quiet and beautiful.

Brittany King
10 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

me and my 2 year old daughter walked this trail together. we went mostly to clean up litter but I didn't even fill one shopping bag! it was beautiful. the Beach was so peaceful and theraputic. it is mostly a rock trail. It would not be good for a stroller. my 2 year old walked all the way to the beach herself and I carried her back to the car. a wagon would be a good idea to transport kids and their toys!!! I honestly think we will make this a weekly adventure.

Kevin Sparks
10 months ago

8 Completed3 Reviews

This is a great area to walk and I visit often. The beach is very peaceful and never crowded. You can spend hours walking along the shoreline. Getting to the beach can be a little tricky with the new loose gravel they have put on the path. Also, might be a good idea to bring some bug repellent. The horseflies can be viscous at times.

Roberto Flores
1 year ago

4 Completed1 Reviews

This a great family trail! You'll see some sea life and feel a refreshing ocean breeze throughout your walk. Recommend this to all.

Elena Tate
3 years ago

660 Completed423 Reviews

A nice walk. Especially the long section along the beach. I saw people doing this trail barefoot but the first part is gravel.

Alan Bourne
3 years ago

951 Completed905 Reviews

Very level. There is trash along the trail. You might want to wear sandals for the first part of the trail and then go barefoot as it changes from sharp gravel to hard sand to soft sand. If you like a beach to yourself, this is the place. You can make a longer hike by going past the old lighthouse ruins.

jodi gold
3 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Lovely sea side walk n pick nick
with our dog in off season, easy drive from Richmond Frisbee golf park at fort eustis exit
On the way

Josh Blue
3 years ago

6 Completed4 Reviews

Awesome hike... A bit of a drive to get to the trailhead and very limited parking. Worth the trip though. Kids find special beach treasures every time. Lighthouse debris most visible when the weather has eroded the beach (after a good storm).

Justin Oller
3 years ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

There is a Long stretch of beach, all Sand. Stay on the wet sand. No costing allowed on the sand so be prepared for a good workout.

Orion Pobursky
5 years ago

0 Completed4 Reviews

Great hike to take the dog. Too bad short-sighted city council members have banned dog access from May 15 to Sept 15