First Landing State Park

First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach: Address, Phone Number, First Landing State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

First Landing State Park
4.5
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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.
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XtineRigo
Montpelier, VT11 contributions
Great place to camp & enjoy the beach
Sep 2021
The camp store is conveniently open until 10pm, the park rangers are well-informed and helpful, and the entire park (from what we saw) is kept relatively clean. We had a great time camping just a short walk from the beach. It was so nice, we barely left our campsite and the beach itself! What more could one want?

I only wish the bathroom/shower facilities were a little more updated or more frequently and thoroughly cleaned. For example, the floor tiles appeared in good condition and clean but the drains had algae growing on them. The shower head appeared new but the walls had an appearance that made you wonder what could be growing in them or when was the last time they were pressure-washed. The facilities were not primitive by any means, but not the most comfortable. However all the amenities provided were very convenient.
Written September 10, 2021
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fireelfemtp
Armagh, PA79 contributions
Bikers beware
Sep 2021 • Solo
Rode from my hotel to the 64th street entrance. Very poor guidance from the ranger as to where to enter the trail. Trail was poorly marked. Lots of roots and mud holes. Almost run down by another rider. A simple courtesy of verbalizing "Passing left" would've prevented me from being startled and almost wrecking. My fault for not reading reviews first to see about trail conditions, but a lot of improvements could be done in general.
Written September 9, 2021
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Alicia M
Monticello, MN16 contributions
Nice easy going hike
Aug 2021 • Family
The trails are really good here. We walked the cypress trails and found them easy to maneuver and easy to locate. We saw 2 snakes one right off the path, lots of huge frogs and many turtles. Plus there were no bugs which is a bonus. Side note there are two entry points one for the trails one for the camp side. Also there was not a ton of people.
Written August 8, 2021
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Bob and Kathy Ray
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Great Park staff experience at First Landing Park Campground.
Jul 2021
The best part of our trip to First Landing, which was the way we were treated by park staff when our Winnebago broke down as we were backing into our campsite. Chief Ranger, Anthony, went above and beyond to help us out of our situation, with the help of other rangers. They made what could have been a terrible situation into a manageable one, and deserve high marks in our opinion. Otherwise our site was nice and shady, and the beach was very enjoyable.
Written August 4, 2021
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Christopher R
Ruckersville, VA151 contributions
Fantastic beach for children or those that don't like waves
Jul 2021 • Family
This is an amazing beach that I've never heard of until recently. This is THE beach to go to if you have young children or you don't like large waves. The water is really calm and the same is fairly clean. The water at First Landing does have a bit more seaweed floating around than at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, but it's not overwhelming. Parking is only $7 compared to $20 or more for all day parking at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. I was amazed at how beautiful this location is, especially from the top of the walkway that leads over the dunes and to the beach. From what I saw, everything is wheelchair accessible right up to the sand.
Written July 22, 2021
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RotzAndFrotz
North Central Maryland59 contributions
Good beach for families
Jul 2021
We were looking for an easy-to-access, family-friendly, relatively quiet beach, and First Landing State Park did not disappoint.

We visited the day-use area on a weekday in July. We arrived during the morning. There were no lines at the entrance gate, and we found several parking spots still available. From the parking lot, beach access is a short walk past the visitor center to a boardwalk that leads to the beach. There was plenty of room for us to spread out without having to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with our fellow visitors.

The beach is on the Chesapeake Bay side, so those hoping for tall, crashing waves might be disappointed. However, those visiting with younger children may appreciate the gentle waves and shallow waters this beach provides. The shallow waters allow waders to stand even while venturing several yards away from the shore at high tide. However, visitors should be mindful that there are no lifeguards at this beach. The only staff we saw on the beach was a ranger who passed quickly while on patrol.

The beach and adjacent grounds are well-maintained. Except for a few cigarette butts and some discarded fishing line, the beach was largely litter-free.

We were treated to several nature sightings that day. In addition to the numerous seabirds, including gulls and pelicans, we spotted several dolphins surfacing offshore. We even briefly sighted a turtle in the shallow waters.

There are bathrooms co-located with the visitor center and showers at the end of the boardwalk. These were convenient for washing off the sand before returning to our car at the end of the day.
Written July 17, 2021
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Marshall B
Ferney-Voltaire, France3,356 contributions
Hard to beat for dolphin watching and camping, and a great beach
Jul 2021
Great beach in campground area with dolphin watching: at sunset right in front of you! Large, ample campsites with fire pit - perfect for marshmallow roasting but also comes with flip down grill. Scenic boardwalk, remarkably clean restroom facilities. A wonderful experience.
Written July 16, 2021
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Chris P
53 contributions
Loved Camping Here!
Jun 2021
I loved bringing my family and my dogs to the state park for our summer camping adventure. We loved going to the beach together. They have a nice camp store with a small snack bar that sells the basics. Wonderful staff.
Written June 27, 2021
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Peter W
13 contributions
pleasant walk, not crowded. Beautiful surroundings
Jun 2021
Had a nice morning walk before the day got hot. Three of us walked; it was good light exercise, but no one found it difficult. Great variety of trails, and it was nice to see lots of locals use it too, including some high school XC teams, I'm guessing.
Written June 6, 2021
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J S
Ocala, FL69 contributions
Not user friendly
May 2021
We visited and parked near the visitor center. It is a short walk to the beech. The park is well maintained. and pleasant. We wanted to go and do a hike. However, the trails here have to be the most poorly marked of any park I have ever visited. The trail we found was paved and there were a few people walking and biking. We wanted to hike over to Broad Bay, but found this impossible because the only trails we could find were Live Oak and Cape Henry. The map available at the visitor center was not helpful. My phone GPS was better. In theory, if we had stayed on the Cape Hentry trail we would have eventually gotten to the Kingfisher trail and then over to Broad Bay. However, I should have been a short walk on Fox Run Trail that we could never find. We were not alone. Two other couples we met were lost.
Written May 17, 2021
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