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First Landing State Park

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“camp store”(42 reviews)
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Nature enthusiasts will love this park with 2,700-acres of hiking trails, cypress swamps and nesting grounds for a variety of birds.
2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-1415
+1 757-412-2300
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed the first week of July this year. This park has so much to offer. It has some of the prettiest camp sites I've ever seen. We had one that backed up right into the dunes of the Chesapeake Bay. There are also many...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank billybarden
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great place for a hike,a bike or a kayak. Just take a hike through the forest or jog on the road that starts at 64th Ave. There is some excellent speckled trout fishing and a boat ramp.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Joe-Lincoln-CA
Reviewed October 15, 2018

We hiked the Bald Cypress Trail. It's not very long, but packed with great sights. The day we were there it was cloudy and cool so there were no bugs to contend with. The sights are interesting by themselves and coupled with the trail guide,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank allenbaker406
Reviewed October 11, 2018

First Landing is one of the more enjoyable campgrounds that I have been to. With easy access to the Bay where the water is calmer and a bit more kid friendly, as well as being with a short distance of Virginia Beach, you get the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank knuwt
Reviewed October 4, 2018

The park itself is pretty and the beach is nice but if you are tenting or planning on using the bathrooms and/or the showers, go somewhere else. The showers are full of black mold growing out of the cracks/crevices of the cinder blocks, peeling paint,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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VaStateParks, Guest Relations Manager at First Landing State Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2018

I am sorry that you had such a bad experience. We are struggling with mold from all the rain this season but it is not black mold. You reported the issue to the park about the employee that walked into the shower? Please contact me...More

Reviewed October 2, 2018

This state park is an oasis where one can escape the commercialism of the Virginia Beach "strip" to the south and have hours of peace and beauty, walking the different trails within its boundaries. Almost too loved, dogs on leads, bicyclists, and walkers are always...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank francessadler
Reviewed September 29, 2018

There is simply nothing like this park from NY to FL. Totally pristine forest and beaches. Not a place for swimming. Just being there is being in another place. If you go, bring your food and drinks (pack them out) and be prepared for long,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank michele b
Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

Easy access to the beach. The Visitor Center was very clean. Plenty of parking. Definitely not a crowded Beach. You can find your own spot and enjoy tranquility.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Pinoak868
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Loved being able to walk to the beach. The first day we were there we saw dolphins in the bay. The bugs were out so make sure you have bug spray.

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank imabusy2000
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

Perfect place and meet the peace and ocean After all day work and meetings or for a good time with family and friends you should come here to watch sunset on the beach, enjoy with the ocean breeze If you like to run, perfect place...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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August 15, 2018|
Response from VaStateParks | Property representative |
Yes you may fish and crab from the park. Be sure you have a saltwater fishing license and register for the Virginia Fisherman identification program. Check the crabbing rules as well. Unfortunately Trip Advisor doesn't allow... More
August 6, 2018|
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Response from Donavon L | Reviewed this property |
The bugs are worse if it has rained hard to say don't wear perfume and carrying the spray is smart:)
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July 3, 2018|
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Response from lewnettles | Reviewed this property |
The beach is perfect for your children!! The waves on the bay beach are calm and nice compared to the beach at the ocean. Great for swimming and playing in the sand. Definitely bring a beach umbrella. There are not... More
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Phuc Lai
Washington DC, District of Columbia
First Landing State Park first timer (8 Replies)
Hi all, We are going this weekend, mainly for crabbing and fishing. Though we are open up for some awesome suggestions :) and thanks in advance. We got a 20-foot campsite (no electric/water). Sad :(. Everything else is booked so advance. Family of 10 actually. They said campsite max is 6. I guess I have to book another hotel on top of this. Unless they don't really care? This is actually first time camping. Do you know if we could use a generator since this site has no...More
July 08, 2013|
Response fromlovethosemiles|
We've camped at First Landing before. I would not even try to fit 10 people into a campsite, as it's patrolled very regularly by the rangers, and they will make you leave. The last thing you want is to get kicked out & not have a reservation & nowhere to go. I believe there is also a 2 vehicle limit there, although you can double-check. First Landing is nice in the off-season. I personally would not want to stay there during the summer, especially on a weekend, but we...More
Julie S
camping between VA beach and Sandbridge (3 Replies)
I'm looking for a recommendation for a campground between VA beach and Sandbridge. We're finishing up a volleyball tournament and wanting to find a quieter beach for tomorrow and First Landing State Park is all filled for tonight. Any thoughts? We can drive down to Sandbridge or stop along the way, and just tent camping. Thanks!!
August 23, 2013|
Response fromBud Y|
Only one we've stayed at is Holiday Travel Park, very nice facility.
Things to do with my dog in/around Virginia Beach (0 Replies)
I am vacationing in Sandbridge next week and will be bringing my 7 month old Irish Setter. Any suggestions on things I can do with my dog? It looks like he is allowed on the beach (Sandbridge and resort) and the Boardwalk since it is the off season and in First Landing State Park and the Great Dismal Swamp. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
September 27, 2014|