First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Educational Site
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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. 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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  • What a beautiful site with so much history! Pristine beaches and wonderful scenery. The boardwalk is well-maintained and easily accessible. 
    What a beautiful site with so much history! Pristine beaches and wonderful scenery. The boardwalk is well-maintained and easily accessible.  more »
  • We stayed near the 64th St entrance. Nice walk into the park. The Cape Henry Trail is nice. Bug spray is a must! There are swarms of biting black flies because if the marshes and water. At the end of....  more
    We stayed near the 64th St entrance. Nice walk into the park. The Cape Henry Trail is nice. Bug spray is a must! There are swarms of biting black flies because if the marshes and water. At the end of....  more »
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  • Lovely local park. With over 30 mi of trails, it is an amazing park for running and walking around. Anytime of the season there's always something to see. There's lots of parking and multiple entrances. A two-year pass cost something like 150 bucks. Parking costs between $10 and $5 depending on the season. There are places to go swimming and kayaking. It's a dog-friendly park lots of people bring their pooches and while you should keep your dog on a leash if it's raining in the park is almost empty or if you go there in the middle of a work day you can sometimes get away with not having your dog ventilation on a less traveled path as long as the dog is well behaved. there are plenty of snakes in the park so if you do keep your dog off the leash or even if you have a dog on a leash or children do be careful. Water moccasins and diamondbacks and even their rattlesnake have been seen in the park. There are also snapping turtles I do not recommend trying to pick one up. The main path in the park allows bicycles I prefer to hike on the less traveled path because bicyclists are not the best people at letting you know that they are riding up behind you and some folks ride really fast on the main path.
  • Beautiful Park. Some things that were a downer were..... We went to the closest entrance from Virginia Beach and there were a bunch of signs about you must pay for parking or get a ticket. I had no problem paying the $7 but there were no envelopes to pay the money. It was off season so we thought well maybe you don't have to pay off season and that's why there were no envelopes? There was no sign there to call anybody with a phone number to ask to replenish the envelopes, or to say that they charge you around. So we hiked around the whole time thinking I'm probably going to get a ticket which sucked? Later I found out that the ticket was only 20 bucks( according to another hiker)? We called the main office after we were hiking and they said you need to have a paid receipt on your dashboard. So we went back and we drove 5 miles to the visitor center. And paid our $7. I was kind of hungry by then and I saw that there was a sign that they had a restaurant. I understand it's pandemic so maybe that's why the restaurant was closed. I thought maybe they could at least have some vending machines or something like that. I didn't see any. They could probably have any number of vending companies coming put some machines in and probably pay the park? It would be a convenience for all the patrons.

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