We've camped here a couple of times this past year. A couple of things kept this from being an excellent review. First the good: Location! If you're lucky enough to get a campsite on the bay (or beach) side, the views are excellent. You can look out on the Chesapeake Bay and see several large freighters at anchor waiting their turn to pick up cargo in the Hampton Roads ports. The sites are spacious with a fire pit and table. The bathhouses are for the most part clean, but it IS a beach and beach sand gets everywhere.
The not so good: Sand spurs!! The prickly burrs are a big nuisance and can ruin your outing. They are a huge problem for pet owners, both in their paws and fur.
The reservation system won't reserve specific sites in Virginia. You are guaranteed a site, that is, any site that is left. The park staff handling the campsites could be more friendly and accommodating. The staff at the visitor center and camp store were great! We never saw the 'camp host'. This person has a prime spot to camp in return for certain jobs they must do to 'pay' for their campsite. They should also serve as an 'ambassador' for the park. When we were there they needed a new ambassador.
Overall we had a good time and the location can't be beat! We'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Park that offers rustic cabins and camping. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- 1st Landing State Park
- First Landing State Park Hotel Virginia Beach
- First Landing State Park Hotel Va Beach