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RECREATION PLANNING

Tidal Beaches

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.

Beach Monitoring - Virginia Department of Health

Virginia's Beaches - Virginia Tourism

Public Tidal Beaches*
Locality Site/Location Site/Location Feet
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
Central Beach
Total:
2.500 13,200
Gloucester Gloucester Point 0.18 975
Hampton Buckroe
Grandview
Salt Ponds
Total:
0.760
2.460
.760
3.980
4,000
13,000
4,000
21,000
King George Wayside Park Beach 0.27 1,400
Mathews Diggs 0.17 900
Middlesex Canoe House Landing 0.04 185
Newport News Anderson Park
Hilton Riverfront Park
Huntington Park
Lincoln-King Park
Total:
0.280
0.100
0.100
0.280
0.580
1,500
500
550
1,500
4,050
Norfolk Willoughby Spit to East Ocean View 7.40 39,072
Northumberland Vir-Mar Beach 0.02 80
Stafford Aqua-Po Beach 0.300 1,580
Virginia Beach Croatan Beach
Ocean Park
Resort Beach
Resort Beach, North
Total:
0.82
1.030
3.330
2.670
13.05
4,330
5,438
17,600
14,080
68,904
West Point Beach Park 0.01 50
York Yorktown Beach 0.23 1,215
TOTALS: 16 38.81 204,876

*Public beaches as defined under the Public Beach Conservation and Development Act.
2007 Virginia Outdoors Plan.