Virginia's tidal beaches are predominantly on the lower Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Beaches on the Bay and on lower sections of rivers tend to be sandy, while those on the upper reaches of the rivers may have a thin layer of sand over a mud bottom.
The Surfrider Foundation encourages an increase public awareness with regard to water quality and health of all beaches. The Foundation reports that states have a vital role in giving public education about beaches the attention it deserves. User-friendly, accessible information is important to maintaining public health and enjoyment of beaches as one of Virginia's most popular outdoor recreation destinations.
|Accomac County||Assateague Island National Seashore||8.3||43,825|
|Northampton County||Kiptopeke State Park||1.1||5800|
|Cape Charles||Cape Charles||0.500||2,640|
|Colonial Beach||Castlewood Park
|King George||Wayside Park Beach||0.27||1,400|
|Middlesex||Canoe House Landing||0.04||185|
|Newport News||Anderson Park
Hilton Riverfront Park
|Norfolk||Willoughby Spit to East Ocean View||7.40||39,072|
|Virginia Beach||Croatan Beach
Resort Beach, North
|West Point||Beach Park||0.01||50|
*Public beaches as defined under the Public Beach Conservation and Development Act.
2007 Virginia Outdoors Plan.