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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 3 weeks ago

I am from California, and had a few days to "kill" in the area -- this area had numerous trails all seemingly connected and looping around -- you could hike all day, or just an hour or anything in between. I did not really see...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Racehorsey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wife and I took our dog for a walk here. They have maps in the gift shop, but the different trails are clearly marked and you can look at them on Google Maps. It's a nice way to spend a few hours away from the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank MrBrazil85
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been here several times with our grandchildren and family. It is a short walk from the parking lot and a gentle beach on the bay with limited waves so the kids enjoy and great for paddle boarding. There is an area for snacks...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank jameshA4070LK
Reviewed January 7, 2019

bike trail was ok but all the same scenery. would like a little more to view. cabins look nice from the outside

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 1stTimeCR
Reviewed January 3, 2019

I did eight miles of two trails with my boy scouts for their rank advancement. There was a lot of scenery and it is a worthwhile place despite the admission fee.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rockdoctor48
Reviewed December 29, 2018 via mobile

We spent a mid-fall weekend camping at First Landing State Park. The weather was chilly but sunny, which was perfect. No mosquitoes this late in the year and the campground wasn't too crowded. Our trailer ride on our bikes was flat and easy. We're already...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Z4725SLjenniferm
Reviewed December 12, 2018

First Landing State Park is a treasure for locals & visitors alike. One can go swimming in the Chesapeake Bay, do some hiking or biking along forest & swamp trails, enjoy boating and fishing, or just enjoy a relaxing picnic. The park is open for...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank bahorstm
Reviewed December 11, 2018

This is a beautiful and peaceful place where you'll see Spanish Moss dropping from trees, and hear birds, and enjoy fabulous views of water framed by trees, and paths where you can run on soft ground.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 12, 2018 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
2  Thank billybarden
Reviewed November 10, 2018

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
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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 prioritize...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|