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Originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, First Landing State Park is located by the Chesapeake Bay. The park, which is Virginias most visited state park, is nestled in Virginia Beach. First Landing offers boating, swimming, nature and history programs, hiking, biking, picnicking, a boat launch, cabins and 20 miles of trails on 2,888 acres. It also has campsites with water and electric hook-ups and nearby access to restrooms and showers. The park's name was changed in 1997 from Seashore State Park to First Landing State Park to reflect its heritage as the first place where members of the Virginia Company landed. They went on to settle Jamestown.

on Osmanthus Trail

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

High Dune itself is a very short connector trail. Cool looking steps up the hill/dune and descent through trees. Not earth-shattering but a fun detour. My dog was happy.

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3 months ago

My favorite trail, I've been here many times. Some swamp off the path, a good bit of wildlife. Lots of snakes, but I've never seen a poisonous one. If you see one, don't scream or it'll run away and you may not see it again.

3 months ago

Decent wide paths for walking, running, biking. Leads to a small beach which can get pretty packed out on the wknds, perfect on an off day.
Not a whole lot of wildlife along these trails as its so heavily trafficked, I think they stay away. If you can get past the visitors center opposite side of the beach then there's a ton of really old and ancient large turtles that will come up under the boardwalk

hiking
3 months ago

Fun and easy

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3 months ago

Easy and fun. Bring water for the hot season

4 months ago

Great trail for runners looking to challenge themselves with hills!! I've run it many times. I like to add it to my long runs to add a little elevation. It's shaded most of the way, and it has several wooded bridges half way through the loop. Don't let people fool you on the difficulty level. It will get your heart rate up for sure, but it is totally worth your time.

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5 months ago

We visited today and had an amazing time! The park has fun activities for families with children. Today we went on the scallywag pirate treasure hunt. There is no charge for these activities other than paying to get into the park. The treasure hunt took about 45 minutes. We will definitely be back to hike the trails!

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6 months ago

Beautiful hike just minutes away from the oceanfront and town center. Easy trail with slight elevation changes and nice variations between we'll kept trails and man made bridges and paths over swampland. Variety of wildlife to see also!

hiking
6 months ago

Loved it!

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9 months ago

Had to walk a little bit to find the decent part of the trail. Multiple trails to explore. Today we hiked 2 miles of Cape Henry. It is the longest ( I believe) at 6.1 miles. We saw many bikes on the trail, if you're interested in biking.

There is a $5 entrance fee for VA residents with cars.

Overall a decent hike. We will definitely be back.

on Cape Henry Trail

hiking
9 months ago

It's a beautiful place. Wide trails. Very nice lake at the end with a small beach :)

We did this in the summer of 2013. There were five of us so it was fun. The trail is nice.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a beautiful walk. It is so different than the forest, lakes and Cyprus swamp trails in the main park across the highway.