Summary: 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.
Trailhead: Take I-64 to exit 263B onto Mercury Boulevard North. Take left onto Foxhill Road, then a left on Beach Road. Near the end of Beach Road, take a left onto State Park Drive. The Nature Preserve is straight ahead. Park at the entrance along the street until sunset. (Lat:37.07829 Lon:-76.27767)
Trail Guides for Grandview Nature Preserve to Lighthouse Ruins:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Responsibility is Buckroe Beach Park. (757) 850-5134
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Mark Magnant, who has posted 3 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Sindy on 4/27/2013
Just hiked this today with my 5 year old and some friends. Beautiful, easy hike and though the lighthouse ruins were pretty much just a pile of rocks, it was still interesting and picturesque. If you like beach-combing this is a great place. TONS of shells and a few pieces of sea glass. We left with a bag full of pretty rocks too. Highly recommend this hike
Reviewed by SEH on 3/19/2011
This trail was very pretty and, it was a pleasure to walk. The beach was beautiful.
Reviewed by jj3rd on 7/8/2009
What a great place to be! If you go there enough you will notice mother nature constantly changing the terrain and shape of the beach. Perfect spot if you like the beach without the crowds. Shell hunting is great too.
Reviewed by Jeb on 8/25/2007
Dog owners should note that dogs are not allowed from May 15 to Sep 15.
Reviewed by Viewer on 5/21/2006
If you walk far enough in, there's a sandbar, and you can walk pretty far out into the ocean without it going much past your knees. There's nothing of the lighthouse to see except a little bit of rubble.
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