First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    The other reviewers have already covered the high recreational value of this park: The beach is great for swimming and having a little fun with catching crabs. The waves are gentle, and nobody is goin...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We have gone to First Landing State Park many times over the years. The past couple times we have opted for their camping experience and it really is one of the best camp grounds! There is plenty of s...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Spent a lovely afternoon here, sitting and talking on the beach and soaking in the water. We were able to walk out quite a ways, and the water was very gentle. Great place for kids. Not super crowded ...  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    Beautiful, clean, peaceful. Public restrooms, though small. Outside shower/foot rinse area. Camp store. Fee for parking. You do want to get there early on a summer weekend to get reasonable parking. The bay side has a great stretch of beach, you can walk into the water pretty far out before there is a drop off. You can also opt for the inland side which has picnic areas with grills, a wonderful network of walking/running/biking oaths, and cabin camp sites. It's a wonderful National Park.
  • June 1, 2017
    This park is beautiful! Beach on the Chesapeake Bay. Camp store. Bathrooms. Small museum. The best campground around!!! Almost all the sites are wooded with at least partial shade. Bath houses throughout. Across the street are cabins for rent, hiking trailes with amazing scenery!!! Everything in the park is clean and well maintained.
  • May 14, 2017
    I've been in love with this place since the first time we went camping here 15 years ago. You're far enough away from everything to enjoy the piece and quiet but still within close proximity to everything. The best part about this park is being able to simply walk to the beach at any hour, even in the middle of the night just to hang out and enjoy the water. There are campsites meant for trailers and RV's, non-electric, electricity accessible, and even cabins. This place fills up fast so definitely reserve your spot in advance
  • June 6, 2017
    Visited a family member there. The facilities seem nice & clean. Standing water in several areas. Some very nice camp sites. Free to borrow nature back packs & a little history in the visitor center. Store & gift shop on grounds.
  • June 28, 2017
    Camp sites are wonderfully shaded and very peaceful. Easy access to very nice Beach and only 5 miles from The Virginia Beach. A Tolley will take you to Virginia Beach for a buck or so per person. A wonderful piece of nature preserved for us simple people.

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