First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
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.
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  • Had a nice morning walk before the day got hot. Three of us walked; it was good light exercise, but no one found it difficult. Great variety of trails, and it was nice to see lots of locals use it...  more »
  • This is a fantastic state park with some beautiful hiking trails. I recommend to the cape Henry Trail. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Clean public bathrooms at the trail Center. $8 entry....  more »
  • Absolutely stunning park! Both the hiking trails and beach side are gorgeous natural areas. I found the beach to be very clean and not super crowded. Tons of beautiful seabirds including droves of pelicans. One might be lucky enough to find good shells or sea stones. The trails were immaculate and it seems most folks respect nature here. They are a mix of Boardwalk and dirt paths. So many different types of trees and even some Spanish moss! The education center is great for kids and adults, and teaches about the local wildlife and foliage. This is a great day for people of all ages, plus dog friendly. Peaceful and educational! The rangers I met are so pleasant as well. Five stars!
  • So close to the VA Beach boardwalk, but it feels like it's a world away. Gentle waves. Cute ghost crabs. Awesome if you want to go to the beach without getting stuck in stores half the day. Also Awesome camping experience. They have educational back packs that you can borrow to learn more about nature, native Americans, crabbing, fishing, etc.

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