First Landing State Park is the largest state park in the Virginia system, but you’d never know it while enjoying the 1.5 miles of white sand beach, or walking the 20 miles of trails. This full service park offers a large campground for RVs and tents, as well as rental cabins, two nature centers, one on the beach and one in the woods, and a store, where you can rent fishing and crabbing gear or bikes and by food, drinks, and bait.
First Landing State Park has three entrances. The Beach entrance and the Trail Center entrance lie opposite each other on Shore Drive. Another entrance off Atlantic Avenue at 64th Street leads to Broad Bay, the Narrows Beach and the interior of the park.
The First Landing State Park beach is one of the area’s best, and offers exceptional views of the ships passing into Chesapeake Bay, including Navy cruisers, submarines and even aircraft carriers. This is also the year-round home of a pod of dolphins, which are frequently seen off the beach. The Chesapeake Bay Center houses interactive exhibits on the ecology and history of the region.
Across Shore Drive (US 60), 20 miles of trails lead through cypress swamp and endangered maritime forest. The 6-mile paved multi-use Cape Henry Trail, open for bikes, provides a shady ride under live oaks from the Trail Center to the Narrows.