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First Landing State Park

2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-1415 (Northeast Virginia Beach)
757 412 2300
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Educational Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking, Viewing wildlife
Description: Nature enthusiasts will love this park with 2,700-acres of hiking trails, cypress swamps and nesting grounds for a variety of birds.
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

You park and use the facilities before you hike out on well marked paths of varying difficulty, most all are under a canopy of trees, so even in warm weather, there is protection from the sun at most areas. The growth of "knees" of the trees in the swampy areas is so intriguing, and we were visited by a park... More

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Richmond
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84 reviews 84 reviews
24 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

For a mere $4, you can park close to the beach. There is a store on site, as well as bathrooms and showers. The beach is clean and the waves are mild. There is NO lifeguard.

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159 reviews 159 reviews
84 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

There is a daily parking fee and a trash disposal fee. I parked here and walked for miles to get to down town Virginia Beach. The beach near the park is called a "chick" beach. That isn't my term. It has no waves and is perfect for toddlers. They do have miles of trails through woods and limited trails along... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

This park is a healthy walk from the parking area to the best areas, but well worth it. We rode bikes about 6+ miles and had a great picnic lunch on the beach (note - be prepared for some soft sand for the last mile). Secluded and serene!

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Winchester
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Fort Story, wetland bike/hike trail and the Virginia Beach boardwalk are easily accessible by bicycle and big city amenities are a close drive away.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The park offers both a fine beach, where dogs are welcome year round, btw, a rare thing in Irgunia Beach which restricts pups from memorial to labor days, and a series of trails through a beautiful bald cypress woods, and along streams or branches of the Lynnhaven River. My family and I have been to both nearly a dozen times... More

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Haymarket, Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I really am partial to the Bald Cypress Trail. You will feel like you are entering another planet when you step into this park. The trails are around a swamp area that is home to bald cypress trees. There are some turtles to be spotted, birds to be heard and I even saw an opossum in the wild. There are... More

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Toronto, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

My husband and I rented bikes at Cherie's Bike rental on the boardwalk and biked to the park. It only took us about half hour from 36th street to get here. We thoroughly enjoyed the ride on the trails in the park. It was nice and peaceful and there were very few cyclists around. We saw ospreys, fish, jellyfish and... More

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Portsmouth, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is the perfect alternative to Virginia Beach proper. Camping, nature, wildlife, dog-friendly all year round, and most importantly peaceful and not crowded - loved it here! Will definitely rent or bring bikes next time though; heard from a friend it's the best way around the park. It was our dog's first time to the ocean and I don't think... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

You can be completely alone in the trails, let the dogs run. So wonderful in the middle of a populated city. The water is beautiful. Great stuff.

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