First Landing State Park

Virginia Beach, Virginia 23459

First Landing State Park

First Landing State Park Professional Review and Guide

"The ultimate surf-and-turf park, First Landing State Park is great for a tan—and far less crowded than the Atlantic beaches a few miles south. The “surf ” is the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean; the “turf ” is a landward trail network through an ecosystem that mixes southern plants with northern, temperate species.

Spend an afternoon here among bald cypress swamps decked with
Spanish moss, towering loblolly pines, and salt marsh. High, forested dunes offer great views of the water. Boardwalks take you safely through blackwater swamps, but at high tide be prepared to get your feet wet and muddy on more remote trails."

First Landing State Park Reviews

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Great day hike. Very diverse scenery. From inland to ocean.
I hiked the reccomended trails plus an extra today. I really enjoyed myself. The hike was easy for the most part with two or three challanging hills. The views are great and shade is plentiful. Don forget your bug spay!!!!
If you live in virginia beach this is a great place to disappear for a few. Make sure you are aware of the tides when hiking on the osprey trail.

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Trail Information

Virginia Beach
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Open year-round, 8 a.m. to dusk. The Trail Center and Chesapeake Bay Visitor Center are open Apr through No
Best Times
USGS Cape Henry; state park maps available at
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018