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Originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, First Landing State Park is located by the Chesapeake Bay. The park, which is Virginia’s most visited state park, is nestled in Virginia Beach. First Landing offers boating, swimming, nature and history programs, hiking, biking, picnicking, a boat launch, cabins and 20 miles of trails on 2,888 acres. It also has campsites with water and electric hook-ups and nearby access to restrooms and showers. The park’s name was changed in 1997 from Seashore State Park to First Landing State Park to reflect its heritage as the first place where members of the Virginia Company landed.
Overnight accommodations include cabins and camping with variable rates depending on season.
Weekly cabin rentals begin Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The contact station is open 24 hours Memorial Day through Labor Day. All cabins have two bedrooms. Although near the Chesapeake Bay, none has a view of the water. Cabins are wood-frames with hardwood floors or are cinderblock with cedar siding and have concrete floors. All cabins are across Shore Drive, which separates them from the beach and bay.
First Landing State Park offers swimming, but swim at your risk in Chesapeake Bay as there are no lifeguards and remember there are no designated swimming areas at the Narrows or boat launch.
First Landing State Park offers great trails to explore including hiking trails, bicycle and self-guided trails. Nine trails total about 20 miles, including bike and fitness trails. The most popular, the first section of the Bald Cypress Trail, is one-mile, crosses dunes and ponds, and is handicapped accessible. A brochure for the self-guided tour is available at the Trail Center. Trail walks are conducted by interpreters throughout the year, and trail guidebooks are available in the Trail Center. Bicycles allowed on Cape Henry trail only. The park’s Bay Store rents bikes.
Virginia State Parks are great places to discover and reconnect with the wild world and wildlife. Bring a camera and share your captures with the world. But please don’t disturb or get too close to the animals. The park is, after all, their home.
First Landing State Park is a great vacation destination for the entire family, a weekend outing with friends, a romantic getaway with someone special and fun for business functions.