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First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Educational Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
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. Take a look at our Virginia Beach trip itinerary planner to schedule your visit to First Landing State Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Scenic with plenty of hiking and biking trails. A sweet place to unwind in the middle of the bustle. 
  • Hate the total mayhem and noise of Virginia Beach? Stay at First Landing State Park instead. Easy parking, cabins that are nice, quiet, and cheaper than a small hotel room on the main strip in town, p...  read more »
  • The beach was clean and hardly a crowd. Great views of the city and out to the ocean. Fishing is allowed as well as pets. A must visit. 
  • Beautiful trails, very friendly and helpful staff. Our favorite thing about this park is the cabins. We would usually rent one for the weekend (before the kids went off for college) twice a year or so. They are great for family time: fully stocked kitchen (minus food, obviously, but a grocery store is right down the street); big fire places; large, handicap-accessible bathrooms; wall-to-wall wood interiors; screened-in porches; dining areas inside; back decks--most with rocking chairs and picnic tables; park-style charcoal/wood grills; etc. Most cabins are set off enough that you have your privacy as well. They are always very clean, despite being dog-friendly. No TVs--but why would you need one? First Landing is a great little place to get away for a couple of days. There's a beautiful beach entrance that isn't well-known enough by tourists to be crowded during the summer season, and plenty of woods and trails to keep you busy. It's one of my favorite local places.
  • Awesome campground! My husband and I stayed for 1 night and it cost $40 (electric/water included). All of the campsites were gorgeous and most had ample shade from lovely beachy trees. The camp store had a plethora of souvenirs, food, and camping accessories. The bathrooms and showers were clean. It has great views and access of the bay. The campground is very close to various beach accesses and shopping just a short drive away. I would definitely camp here again.
  • My wife and I really enjoyed our two days here. Didn't stay at the campground, but came for the beach. Relaxed atmosphere with only the dunes and grass at your back and water ahead. My wife enjoyed the gradual slope and smaller waves at this beach. Plenty of families also brought the dogs to this beach and everyone that did was a responsible owner. Be aware that there is no true washroom or changing area. Just the bathrooms in the visitor center and one outdoor shower.
  • Lovely park wiith trees, shade, and benches. Nice playground area, although all city parks do not have enough swing bays! Two sets of bathrooms. At least 3 large shelters and one small pavillion for parties, etc. (by reservation). Great park staff who have been wonderful with my 14 yo autistic son in spite of several very very challenging situations. Disc golf, lighted tennis courts, multiple fenced off areas for dogs, really great services. It would be nice if the shuffle board courts were updated and the surrounding benches replaced too. Thank you for making this city park available to all. ***NOTE: FYI...All of the city basketball curts should be updated, and/or replaced!
  • Stopped in to have a look around and do some bike riding and man, did we ride! Checked in at the station and paid our resident fee of $7, then headed down the road to the trail center. This welcome and trail information center has nice restrooms and a very informative, yet small area for explaining a bit about the park and what you are about to experience. Once we got our bearings, we headed down the shared bike trail toward the beach. A mostly flat ride and a bit muddy after all the rain, but fun. The flora and fauna reminded me more of something you would see deeper into North Carolina or even South Carolina. Spanish moss, wax myrtles and such, especially the Spanish moss as some of the groves of that were spectacular. The trail ended at a nice beach and boat landing and a stand that sold ice cream, great fuel for the ride back! It was about an 8 mile round trip and very enjoyable. We will be back to do some camping as we only drove through that area, but found it to be inviting!
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