Explore the most popular birding trails in First Landing State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This was a great trail! I went with my bike and had a great time. There was some wets spots but overall really good. We took Cape Henry trail and at end of it there was a port-a-potty that was disgusting and I would recommend definitely not use that. If you go to the right of Cape Henry trail and onto the 64th st road there’s a little bench spot where you can rest and see the lake also at end of 64th street there’s the beach, totally worth it!

The Fox Run section of the trail is a bit sandy but had beautiful views of the water. Lots of cyclists on the other parts of the trail but it is wide enough to accommodate both foot and cycle traffic.

Awesome trail to just take in a little fresh air and enjoy nature. Very easily accessible. The kids loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

It's hard to be upset when mother nature wins - but the mosquitos drove us off this trail in record time! The entry (from the South) is a paved road, and there is no problem until you enter the trail itself. Within minutes, the mosquitos had scored a decisive victory and we just weren't up for the hike. The trail looked beautiful though. Next time, I'll bring mosquito repellant!

nature trips
1 month ago

A fun hike, very clearly marked and very easy to walk. Just be sure to bring tons of bug spray and watch for snakes.

Also everyone who uses this app should also use the Picture This Plants app! It’s a fun app that you take pictures of the flora around you and it will give descriptions and details for said plant. I personally enjoy it and enjoy sharing my findings!

nature trips
1 month ago

A fun hike, very clearly marked and very easy to walk. Just be sure to bring tons of bug spray and watch for snakes.

Also everyone who uses this app should also use the Picture This Plants app! It’s a fun app that you take pictures of the flora around you and it will give descriptions and details for said plant. I personally enjoy it and enjoy sharing my findings!

nature trips
1 month ago

A fun hike, very clearly marked and very easy to walk. Just be sure to bring tons of bug spray and watch for snakes.

Also everyone who uses this app should also use the Picture This Plants app! It’s a fun app that you take pictures of the flora around you and it will give descriptions and details for said plant. I personally enjoy it and enjoy sharing my findings!

nature trips
1 month ago

A fun hike, very clearly marked and very easy to walk. Just be sure to bring tons of bug spray and watch for snakes.

Also everyone who uses this app should also use the Picture This Plants app! It’s a fun app that you take pictures of the flora around you and it will give descriptions and details for said plant. I personally enjoy it and enjoy sharing my findings!

trail running
1 month ago

This is a beautiful, boggy trail along marsh and lake front. There is very slight elevation to the trail. I ran this out-and-back on a weekday in August about 10am and there had only been a little preceding rain. The footing was quite good - pine covered in stretches - with only about 20 or so muddy areas or puddles, most of which are small and could be easily avoided. I'm sure that can be quite different after rain. There is one stretch about 20 meters long that is quite sandy but otherwise good footing for hiking, running, biking. I saw only about 15 people but it was a weekday. Even while running I could see egrets in the marsh and squirrels. I'm sure there is quite a bit more if you are quiet. This is a great dog walking trail also.

Rode my TREK Powerfly 5 from the 64th entrance along the Raptor and Cape Henry Trail to the boat ramp and back. It’s a beautiful area with excellent birding and easy access to salt water marshes and shoreline beaches. Lots of shade trees.

Osprey trail is NOT for biking, just hiking. Bike is allowed only on Cape Henry trail.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Thy trail was pretty busy on both ends, with a lot of people not paying attention to their surroundings. As far as biking goes, this trail is okay. The first few miles from the trail center were nice, but then back half had spots that were pretty sandy for a bike, and the view changed from quiet nature ride to beach party-ish. Suggested trail edits to correspond with the trail map available through the State Park (and actual park signage), which has the trail turning towards Broad Bay with a total trail distance of 6.1 miles (http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/document/data/trail-guide-firstlanding.pdf)

First Landing Park trails, in their entirety, are great way to spend your entire day. For the most part, they're all flat trails, with the only challenge coming in their length depending on how much you prefer to walk. Be sure to pick up a park map from the trail Center. It's worth noting that there's also a parking pass fee ranging from $5 to $10 depending on the time of year.

First Landing Park trails, in their entirety, are great way to spend your entire day. For the most part, they're all flat trails, with the only challenge coming in their length depending on how much you prefer to walk. Be sure to pick up a park map from the trail Center. It's worth noting that there's also a parking pass fee ranging from $5 to $10 depending on the time of year.

First Landing Park trails, in their entirety, are great way to spend your entire day. For the most part, they're all flat trails, with the only challenge coming in their length depending on how much you prefer to walk. Be sure to pick up a park map from the trail Center. It's worth noting that there's also a parking pass fee ranging from $5 to $10 depending on the time of year.

First Landing Park trails, in their entirety, are great way to spend your entire day. For the most part, they're all flat trails, with the only challenge coming in their length depending on how much you prefer to walk. Be sure to pick up a park map from the trail Center. It's worth noting that there's also a parking pass fee ranging from $5 to $10 depending on the time of year.

First Landing Park trails, in their entirety, are great way to spend your entire day. For the most part, they're all flat trails, with the only challenge coming in their length depending on how much you prefer to walk. Be sure to pick up a park map from the trail Center. It's worth noting that there's also a parking pass fee ranging from $5 to $10 depending on the time of year.

First Landing Park trails, in their entirety, are great way to spend your entire day. For the most part, they're all flat trails, with the only challenge coming in their length depending on how much you prefer to walk. Be sure to pick up a park map from the trail Center. It's worth noting that there's also a parking pass fee ranging from $5 to $10 depending on the time of year.

First Landing Park trails, in their entirety, are great way to spend your entire day. For the most part, they're all flat trails, with the only challenge coming in their length depending on how much you prefer to walk. Be sure to pick up a park map from the trail Center. It's worth noting that there's also a parking pass fee ranging from $5 to $10 depending on the time of year.

Good trail, generally has less people than the rest of the park. (it's the farthest from any parking)

mountain biking
6 months ago

Great bike ride! We took our kids and they are not strong bikers, but had a great time. Heard the frogs, saw the woodpeckers and the swamps. A little crowded on a Saturday in March, but still room to ride. Decent elevation changes for controlled coasting and mild hill climbs.

Great for dogs

hiking
6 months ago

Good for kids

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail

This is a nice trail the water is beautiful and give off a nice breeze. However this trail has a lot of roots and should not be considered wheelchair friendly (not that we were using one just for reference)

I tagged this onto the Osmanthus Trail. Lovely walk that takes you through swamps, forests, and beachside. This would be an easy trail run. Highly trafficked, but there are numerous benches strategically placed along the water portion that provide a peaceful view and some privacy. Definitely a good place to think. I wasn't too excited about the Cape Henry Trail stretch as it is more road-like than trail with a lot of biker and runner traffic, so I used it as an excuse to pick up my leisurely pace to a quick-walk back to the parking lot.

Rode my bike from 64th street entrance to Shore Drive entrance and back ... roughly 7 miles ... nice smooth trail ...

hiking
7 months ago

Very nice trail, always see people on it but it's never too crowded. Saw a bald eagle first time on this trail so I'll definitely be back!

This trail was so nice, even on a cloudy day like it was. Not too many people considering it was a Saturday, and we only went a little while down. My friend and I brought our dogs too, and they loved it! I loved the part with the little bridge path!

Hiked the trail Dec. 24, 2017. A good trail for beginner, like myself. Great views of the lake and surrounding homes.

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