First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach

4.6
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.
Create an itinerary including First Landing State Park
map
First Landing State Park Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
895 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful scenery of the ocean and unspoiled beaches. Nice place for quiet picnic and nice trails for walking and biking.  more »
  • My wife and I went for a nice 5 mile hike through the park and the “Great Dismal Swamp.” It was relatively easy, mostly flat. It’s not the most scenic hike, but the trails are well marked and easily a...  more »
  • I love First Landing. Really. It took me a long time living in VAB before I made my way here and now I come several times during summer. There is plenty of parking except on typical holidays and beaut...  more »
Google
  • Awesome state park, pet friendly, kid friendly, people friendly. Clean bathrooms nice hot showers nice campsites 50 amp electric and water on the RV sites and plenty of tent sights too. A nice beach on the very southern end of the Chesapeake bay you frequently see Navy ships heading in and out of the Norfolk Navy base. The rangers that work at the park are the nicest I've encountered at my many camping trips. There's also some first class cabins for rental. The park has miles of hiking trails through cypress swamps, wetlands and woods with all kinds of wildlife. This is a first class state park I've been camping at for 25 years with at least one visit a year.
  • We loved this place, would have given 5 stars but after an issue and being belittled by park police we actually cut our trip short & moved to another campground. The people in the office are amazing & they were wonderful to visit. Brutus felt at home there which is unusual since we are home only occasionally. I miss it, the nice dog friendly beach, the beautiful & well kept trails, the ladies & guys in the information center, trail head & museum. Hope u get the chance to visit.
  • Great Park right in Virginia Beach! Tons of hiking trails that very from .3 miles to over 6 miles! One fee to access both the hiking trails and the beach. Lovely Beach with lots of little shells... Great for walking or just sitting. Great place to let the kids play without having to worry about them getting knocked down by giant waves! The entire park is clean and the park rangers are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. And a wonderful Trail center with lots to look at with the kids!
  • Love that park. Nice to go for a walk or take your bike or even picnicking. Don't forget to take your trash with you when you leave!
  • My favorite state park so far! Great early fall vacation. Stayed in beautiful wooded camp ground with clean facilities that was very private. Beach wasn't busy with clear water and dolphins! Lots of hiking trails on the other side of the park through a swamp area with spanish moss. Everything was gorgeous!

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.

Where to stay in Virginia Beach

With over 10,000 hotel rooms, Virginia Beach offers comfortable and affordable accommodations for every type of traveler. Even with that many places to choose from, this popular resort area does get quite crowded during the height of the tourist season, so it is essential to reserve your lodgings well in advance. You can stay just steps from the Atlantic by booking your room at one of the city's luxury resort hotels. To stay near the water for less, consider a budget-friendly inn with an ocean view.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Virginia Beach by other users

5 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: February, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM GHANA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Virginia Beach & Williamsburg BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM IRELAND August, culture, beaches, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Virginia Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Virginia Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Virginia Beach BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Virginia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Charlottesville, Virginia Beach & Raleigh BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans