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First Landing State Park

Virginia Chesapeake Bay, Virginia

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  • Boardwalk over the dunes from the main parking lot.- First Landing State Park
  • Entrance to the main beach.- First Landing State Park
  • People sunbathing on the beach with a cargo ship in the distance.- First Landing State Park
  • Walking over the boardwalk toward the parking lot.- First Landing State Park
  • The amphitheater, located near the main park office.- First Landing State Park
  • The trail center on the southern side of the park.- First Landing State Park
  • Runners check the trail map before heading out.- First Landing State Park
  • A wooden walkway over Cyprus Swamps, near the trail center.- First Landing State Park
  • One of the walk-only trails.- First Landing State Park
  • The view from a platform over the pond.- First Landing State Park
  • A portion of the Cape Henry Trail.- First Landing State Park
  • The southern end of the Cape Henry Trail.- First Landing State Park
  • People enjoying themselves at the Narrows.- First Landing State Park
  • A view of the shoreline at the Narrows.- First Landing State Park
  • Looking out over the marsh.- First Landing State Park
  • The Cape Henry Trail goes through many different terrains.- First Landing State Park
  • A view of the marsh from an elevated wooden platform along the Cape Henry Trail.- First Landing State Park
  • The trees and skies reflecting in the calm water.- First Landing State Park
  • The walkway to the beach at the east end of the park via the campground.- First Landing State Park
  • Families enjoying the sunset with their dog.- First Landing State Park
  • A wide view of the beach at sunset.- First Landing State Park
  • A couple enjoys the setting sun over the Chesapeake Bay.- First Landing State Park
  • A family makes their way out for a swim during sunset.- First Landing State Park
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Pros: 
Biking trails. Multiple bodies of water to swim in. Diverse terrain.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Virginia Chesapeake Bay, VA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Virginia's First Landing State Park is its most visited park, consisting of over 2,888 acres, 20 miles of trails and over 1 mile of quiet beaches along the Chesapeake Bay. It is also the spot where, in 1607, the English colonists first made landfall in North America, giving it it's current name.

The park is split into two sides that are separated by state Route 60. The northern side of the park contains the beaches and campground, while the southern side is home to an extensive trail system and swimming spots.

The beaches of First Landing are its main attraction during the hot summer months, drawing crowds daily. There is a large parking lot located at the main entrance, a concession stand and store on hand, as well as a visitor center with a small nature center inside. To get to the beach, you'll need to cross over one of the many wooden walkways that traverse the sensitive dunes. All campground loops have their own access points to the beach.

If you want to get the most out of your hike through the park, try out the 6.5-mile out-and-back Cape Henry Trail, which will take you through forest, swamps, marshes and lakes. Bikes can be ridden on this trail, but beware that in some spots the trail dissolves into thick, loose sand. Along the way, many other smaller trails break off and can be used to form smaller hikes, though bikes are forbidden on these smaller trails.

The park costs $4 on weekdays and $5 on weekends, but it is a small price to pay for the amenities and activities at hand.

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