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. 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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  • Plenty of hiking/biking trails to make everyone happy. Trails are clearly marked with distance and difficulty level. Beautiful park. 
    Plenty of hiking/biking trails to make everyone happy. Trails are clearly marked with distance and difficulty level. Beautiful park.  more »
  • 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 »
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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.
  • This is one of the loveliest state parks we've visited in the Mid-Atlantic neighborhood. The campsites are shady and private, the park office is huge, gorgeous, and chock-full of cool stuff to see and do, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. We're here for Labor Day weekend 2019 and though it is full, it is somehow still serene, quiet, and restorative. 5 wholehearted stars! Update: We're back, Father's Day weekend 2022 and guess what! it's every bit as lovely as it's ever been.

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