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First Landing State Park

State park in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Travel Tips

Outdoor Activities

Explore nearly 20 miles of trails and over 1.5 miles of beach shoreline. 1

Perfect for hiking, biking, swimming, and camping. 2

Mountain bikes recommended for a smoother ride through the park. 3

Accommodation and Lodging

Consider staying at the campground or cabins for a full experience. 4

Offers 200 campsites and 20 rustic cabins with amenities. Ideal for both tent camping and RVs. 5

Campsites available March 1 through early December. Cabins can be rented year-round. 6

Pet-Friendly Information

Pay attention to designated swimming areas where dogs may not be allowed. 7

Ensure your dog is on a leash where required. 8

About

History

  • πŸ›οΈ National Natural Landmark: The park's Seashore Natural Area was listed as a National Natural Landmark in 1965 for its forested dunes and semitropical vegetation.
  • πŸ› οΈ Civilian Conservation Corps: First Landing State Park was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, with architectural plans from the National Park Service.
  • 🌍 Heritage: The park's name was changed in 1997 to First Landing State Park to reflect its historical significance as the first landing site of the Virginia Company.
  • β›ͺ Cross Placard: A cross was erected in the park in 1935 to mark the location of the first English colonists' landing in 1607.
  • πŸ›€οΈ Integration: The park implemented Jim Crow laws until 1965 when it reopened as an integrated park following the Civil Rights Act.

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Activities

  • πŸ•οΈ Camping: The park offers over 200 campsites and 20 cabins for overnight stays, with water and electric hook-ups available.
  • πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ Hiking & Biking: Visitors can explore 19 miles of trails on foot or by bike, traversing various habitats within the park.
  • 🎣 Fishing & Crabbing: Fishing and crabbing are popular activities at the park, with a boat launch for motorboats and small craft.
  • πŸ–οΈ Swimming: The park features a swimming beach along the Chesapeake Bay, ideal for families with gentle waves.
  • 🚣 Boating: Motorboats are allowed at the park, with opportunities for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and canoeing.
  • πŸ§—β€β™‚οΈ Visitor Center: The park's visitor center offers educational exhibits, souvenirs, and Junior Ranger activities for all ages.
  • πŸ” Camp Store: A camp store provides essentials like firewood, snacks, ice, fishing gear, and souvenirs for visitors.
  • 🌳 Nature Programs: The park offers nature and history programs, guided hikes, and marsh walks for visitors to learn more about the area.

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Accommodations

  • 🏠 Cabins: First Landing State Park offers 20 cabins for rent, with prices ranging from $94 to $139 per night, varying by season and residency status.
  • πŸ•οΈ Campsites: The park provides over 200 campsites with water and electric hook-ups, accommodating tents and RVs.
  • πŸ›οΈ Yurts: Four yurts are available for rent, located in the dune area along the Chesapeake Bay, with a large wooden deck and picnic amenities.
  • 🚿 Bathhouses: The campground features accessible bathhouses, laundry facilities, and a playground for visitors' convenience.
  • πŸš— Parking: Each campsite allows parking for two vehicles, with additional parking available for overflow in the campground.

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Natural Habitats

  • 🌿 Habitats: First Landing State Park showcases diverse habitats including cypress swamps, maritime forests, and dunes, supporting rare plants and wildlife.
  • 🐦 Wildlife: The park is a haven for birds, turtles, frogs, and various species, with ecologically sensitive areas for minimal impact.
  • 🌲 Cypress Swamps: Visitors can explore the dark cypress pools and boardwalks along the Bald Cypress and Osmanthus Trails.
  • 🌊 Chesapeake Bay: The park's 1.5 miles of shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay offer scenic views and recreational opportunities for visitors.
  • 🌳 Maritime Forests: Ancient dune swales have transformed into maritime forests, providing a unique ecosystem within the park.

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Amenities

  • πŸ›οΈ Camp Store: Visitors can purchase firewood, snacks, ice, fishing gear, and souvenirs at the park's camp store.
  • πŸ” Picnic Areas: The park provides drinking water, fire grills, picnic tables, and restroom facilities for picnicking visitors.
  • πŸŠβ€β™‚οΈ Swimming Beach: The park's swimming beach on the Chesapeake Bay offers a safe and enjoyable experience for families.
  • πŸš£β€β™‚οΈ Boat Launch: A boat launch is available for motorboats and small craft at the 64th Street entrance of the park.
  • 🌲 Visitor Center: The park's visitor center offers educational exhibits, Junior Ranger activities, and souvenirs for visitors.

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Travel Information
πŸ“žΒ Β Β Phone: (757) 412-2300
🌐   Website: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/first-landing
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: 2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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