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Virginia Beach, Virginia: Mount Trashmore Park

An old landfill, sixty feet high, that's been turned into a nice park for picnicking. No garbage mound aura; it's all in the name.

Mount Trashmore District Park

310 Edwin Dr., Virginia Beach, VA
Mount Trashmore District Park. I-264 exit 17. South on Independence Blvd/Hwy 410 for about 3/4 mile. Left onto Edwin Drive for a half-mile, then right into the Park. The stairs to the top of Mt Trashmore are at the far end of the parking lot.
7:30 am-dusk Gated after hours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Mt. Trashmore stairs.

Mount Trashmore Park

Nice park for a walk. Large playground for kids. Colorful stairway to the top.

[Becky T., 04/06/2023]
Mount Trashmore

I am a Virginia Beach native. This is a great place to go and have a picnic. For those of you on a road trip who want proof of the name of this famous Va. Beach landmark, take a picture in front of the wooden sign facing South Independence Blvd.

There are playgrounds, bird feeding, walking trails, fishing, basketball courts, picnic tables and even a skate park. A local tip: Bring a kite. If it is windy enough out, even a novice can fly one at the very top of the "Mountain."

[Stephanie, 08/10/2007]
Mount Trashmore Park

Mount Trashmore State Park contains what one might expect to find there: a mountain that started out as a landfill. Sixty feet high and over 800 feet long, Mount Trashmore's grassy appearance doesn't betray the secret of its trash core. There's no amazing exhibit about the whole "building a mountain out of trash" thing, but stopping for a picnic is definitely worth it, if just so you can tell people you did it. They probably won't believe you about the title (they haven't ever believed me).

[Tami, 02/10/2005]

Massive landfill turned into a beautiful park, unofficially named "Mount Trashmore" (its official name is Mount Murtagh, after the engineer who built it). Created in 1973, the 125 acre landfill reaches an elevation of 60 feet. Three flag poles serve as vents for methane gas; lightning struck one once and it caught fire. In 1990, Virginia Beach residents formed a human American Flag on Mount Trashmore to honor troops returning from the Persian Gulf War.

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