In the middle of Virginia Beach’s fast paced tourist area lies 2,888 acres of pristine pine forest, swamp and wetlands — left much the same as the first explorers to this area found it.

First Landing State Park offers an array of nature activities to enjoy like going swimming, hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, or laying out a towel to have a scenic picnic.

About First Landing State Park

This Virginia Beach nature park is named First Landing for a reason! This park was where settlers first landed in 1607. These waters were navigated by merchant mariners, pirates, and military vessels during the War of 1812.

With this park containing so much history and beauty, it’s no wonder why it’s Virginia’s most visted state park! 

What First Landing State Park Offers

  • 1.5 miles of Shoreline (Beach Area) of the Chesapeake Bay
  • 20 mile long Hiking/Biking Trail
  • Educational and Recreational Activites
  • Bike Rentals
  • Picnic Areas
  • Boat Ramps
  • Cabins for Camping (includes water and electric hookups)
  • Trail Center Conference Room, Outdoor Courtyard, Pavillion, and Ampitheater (can be rented out for special events and)

Special Note To Visitors

First Landing State Park is used by the military at times for training purposes. With military training purposes, you may see the training efforts taking place. The training may include loud noises or ususual sights. It’s important to note that these are just training, and no harm will come of these military actions.


Parking fees vary depending on the timing of parking (peak and off season.) The prices vary only from $5-9 per up to 8 passenger vehicle.  

Parking a vehicle here that holds 9-15 passengers will pay a fee of $10-12. 

The standard camping fee is $24 per night. 

If you’re looking for camping experience with the works (water and electric hookup), it’ll be $35 per night. 

Last Update: April 20, 2017