First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach

4.6
#1 of 15 in Wildlife in Virginia Beach
First Landing State Park is a recreational area with a cypress swamp, woods, and hiking trails. Enjoy 32 km (20 mi) of trails in the woods, as well as a beach that stretches 2.4 km (1.5 mi) along the Chesapeake Bay. A small entrance fee gets you access for the day. Near the first landing site of the Virginia Company colonists in 1607, the area has played an important role in every era of American history. The park was built by an African-American Civilian Conservation Corps between 1933 and 1940. For First Landing State Park and beyond, use our Virginia Beach online vacation planner to get the most from your Virginia Beach vacation.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including First Landing State Park
Save Saved
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
First Landing State Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
988 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • While we did not have time to see the hiking trails, our time on the beach was well worth it. What a beautiful spot to sit, dig your toes in the sand, and enjoy the sun.  more »
  • Great facilities, clean! Always have park ranger services driving around to check on things. Beach was clean and the hiking trail was also clean. We had a guided tour which was really informative and ...  more »
  • Stopped by the visitors center..very helpful staff. Walk out on the board walk to the over look of the beach. Tried the view finder/ binocular to check the surroundings. Beautiful.  more »
Google
  • It's nice that this area of the state has been preserved. It provides nice access to the beach. Although there are lots of trees in the campground, due to the area they are short, live oaks which do little to shade a camper. The bathhouses are dated and not heated. However, the water is hot, the showers are well lit and kept clean. It's nice to have 2 dish washing sinks at each bathhouse. Some of the campsites are near low lying areas which can hold water in a rainy season. Bring bug repellent if you come in warm weather. We camped in early April and it was too cold. There are nice educational areas at both the park office and the trail center. There are lots of trails of varying difficulty and length. Two trails are open to bicycles.
  • It took me way too long to finally visit but it was definitely love at first sight! There’s so much beauty to appreciate. A delightful alternative to eating calories with friends is burning calories with them. I’ve enjoyed lots of great talks over long walks and scenic views. Not crowded at all and well kept. Easily one of my Top 3 Favorite parks in Hampton Roads. Gorgeous at any time of year. Do it!
  • I have been coming here since I was a little girl walking our family dogs, hiking, or bike riding with my Dad. Seashore State Park, is one of my favorite memories as a child through my teen years, and I have even brought my own son here a few times, when we are home for a visit. I love the moss covering the trees, it just feels special here. From the sand dunes, to the river, and all the secret spots my friends and I discovered, as kids. It's just a magical place, I keep close to my heart. Lots of parking, lots of hiking, tons to discover. Definitely make this park one of your stops next time you plan to vacation in Virginia Beach, it will not disappoint. There's also a visitor center, where you can pick up a map, and learn about the area.
  • We spent a few days in Virginia Beach off season and were looking for somewhere besides the boardwalk to go for a walk. We accessed the trails from 64th street and there is parking just inside the park. We did not drive around to the main entrance/office so I cannot speak for that aspect. The trails are well marked and maintained. Off season, insects were not a problem but I imagine this is quite different in the summer. There is a beach overlooking the Chesapeake Bay but we did not go there.
  • Very nice, plenty of parking and clean. The staff was aesome and very helpful. Go inside the main building. They have some very good information about wildlife in the area. The trails were marked and taken care of. One note. If you bring your dog's don't leave a mess for the park rangers to clean up. Even worse is the runoff into the waterways.
Places to stay near First Landing State Park

Plan your trip to Virginia Beach

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Virginia Beach

View all >
4.4
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.2
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.7
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Side trips from Virginia Beach

4.4
Duration: 4​h
4.7
Duration: 4​h
4.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Kid-friendly things to do in Virginia Beach

View all >
4.2
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.5
Duration: 2​h
4.5
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.4
Duration: 3​h

Hidden gems in Virginia Beach

5.0
Duration: 4​h
4.2
Duration: 1​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.8
Duration: 4​h

Fun & Games in Virginia Beach

View all >
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.1
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Virginia Beach

4.9
Duration: 3​h
4.9
Duration: 2​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 3​h
4.8
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Plans to First Landing State Park by other users

7 days in Virginia Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Virginia Beach BY A USER FROM CANADA June, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Virginia Beach BY A USER FROM CANADA August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Virginia Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, relaxing, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Virginia Beach & Kitty Hawk BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Virginia Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Virginia Beach BY A USER FROM CANADA July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans