First Landing State Park

2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA - 23451

Type: Parks
(757) 412-2300
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First Landing State Park, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a pristine coastal park renowned for its natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, and rich history. Established in 1936 as the first state park in Virginia, it spans over 2,888 acres, encompassing a wide range of habitats, including maritime forests, salt marshes, and Chesapeake Bay beaches.

One of the main attractions of First Landing State Park is its extensive network of hiking and biking trails, which wind through lush forests and along scenic waterways. The park's trails vary in difficulty and length, offering options for casual strolls, challenging hikes, and mountain biking adventures. Popular trails include the Bald Cypress Trail, which meanders through a picturesque swamp forest, and the Cape Henry Trail, which leads to a historic lighthouse with panoramic views of the Chesapeake Bay.

First Landing State Park also offers opportunities for water-based recreation, with access to miles of pristine beaches along the Chesapeake Bay. Visitors can swim, sunbathe, fish, and kayak in the bay's calm waters, or explore the park's inland waterways by canoe or paddleboard. The park's boat launch provides easy access for boating enthusiasts, while birdwatchers can spot a variety of migratory birds and wildlife throughout the park.

In addition to its natural attractions, First Landing State Park is steeped in history, with several historic sites and landmarks dating back to the colonial era. The park's visitor center features exhibits on the park's history, ecology, and recreational opportunities, providing valuable information for visitors. Camping facilities, including cabins, campsites, and yurts, offer overnight accommodations for those looking to immerse themselves in the park's natural beauty.

First Landing State Park is open year-round, with seasonal activities and events offered throughout the year. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventure, relaxation on the beach, or a glimpse into Virginia's rich history, First Landing State Park offers something for everyone to enjoy.

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