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29 December 2011

A Walk About Town, Mount Trashmore, Virginia Beach

A Walk About Town is a weekly feature hosted here at Coffee and a Book Chick. Anyone can participate! Write about a spot in your town, or a spot you've visited, include the button for A Walk About Town, and add your link in the Linky below so that we can all visit your post. You don't need to include a picture to participate and although I will post on Thursdays, you can post yours any day of that week. Just make sure to add your link to the most recent week's post here at Coffee and a Book Chick, and if you're on Twitter, use the hashtag #AWalkAboutTown.

What's that, you say? A beautiful spot called Mount Trashmore?! Why, yes. I do say.

Who would ever think that a spot in Virginia Beach, which was once a landfill, would become one of the most unique, beautiful and fun spots in town? Whether it's going for a run around the beautiful lake, flying your kite on a windy day at the top of the "mountain", or watching the fireworks with family on the 4th of July, the spot called Mount Trashmore would be one of the best places to be.

Take a look at this glorious stairway up to the main lookout point. I visited on a beautiful and cold, crisp day, the type of day I just never got when I lived in Florida. I'll be revisiting again in spring when the grass is a lush green. (The last photo is my favorite since the two people at the top were doing some form of interesting dancing. It certainly shows the scale and size of the place). In one section of the park, there's even a cool skateboarding facility, and from what I understand, professional skateboarders including Tony Hawk, have visited here.

First opened in 1974, it's a remarkable example of being able to reuse what was once a trash-filled area of almost 200 acres, and turn it into a lively and healthy land with walking trails, picnic spots, volleyball courts, and a kid's playground. It's no surprise that the park clocks in over a million visitors a year. Well done, Virginia Beach!

What about you? Have you had a chance to walk about town and want to share a fun, education, and hip spot on your blog? Add your link below and make sure you visit other participants!


  1. As I told you on Twitter, I have many fond memories of Mount Trashmore. Carl still has a scar on his knee that he got skateboarding there.

  2. The first weekend in August they have a wonderful arts and craft show at Mt. Trashmore. And those stairs might make a great photo, but they are a b*^%h when your trainer makes you run them. :)

  3. We had a Mount Trashmore in Miami, but it was exactly as the name implied, and wasn't a place you would want to visit! This place looks beautiful though, and I am excited that you had such a nice time there!

    By the way, the blog looks beautiful! I love the new design!

  4. I don't get over to that side of town often, but the park is very nice, especially since they added the new playground equipment.

  5. What a great idea! I love it when urban areas get creative with recycling and repurposing. I was at a park recently where all the benches were made out of 'lumber' that was actually just pressed and shaped plastic pop bottles. Ingenious!

    Love the new blog theme ;)

  6. This is fantastic. The Virginia Beach Convention and Visitor's Bureau ought to write you a big thank you note, as you have me ready to visit it soon!

  7. LOVE the new blog design!! So pretty. Great job Natalie :)

  8. I never would have imagined something so beautiful from a name like that! It looks very serene.

  9. Wow, what a great idea for a beautiful, open space. I would never have guessed from the name that it would be such a lovely place! I'm sure there are many hidden gems like this where I live. I really need to discover some of them in 2012!

  10. Facinating! - to turn something ugly into something beautiful and useful! Your posts about Virginia Beach have me longing to visit!
    The name, Mount Trashmore, is a hoot!

  11. Lived in Va Bch in the late '80s & would often go to that park to run those stairs, however I was a few decades younger and they look wider than I remember. I guess they have been upgraded since I lived there. Sweet park!


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