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Home > Visit a Gateway > First Landing State Park
First Landing State Park - Virginia Beach, VA
Activities:
  • Fishing and crabbing (valid Virginia fishing license required).
  • Boating: Motorboats and other small craft may be launched from boat ramps in the park's southern area (no rentals available).
  • Swimming: at your risk in Chesapeake Bay.
  • Interpretive Programs: Crabbing, Junior Rangers, Kritter Kids, evening programs, beach walks, osprey hikes, nature hikes and night hikes.
  • Trails: Hiking, bicycle trails (and bike rentals), self-guided trails; 9 walking trails total approximately 19 miles.
  • Picnicking: picnic area equipped with drinking water, fire grills, refuse disposal, tables and restrooms; large shelter available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 1-800-933-PARK.
  • Environmental Education Center: First Landing's Chesapeake Bay Center features a wet lab, educational displays and an ecotourism welcome center; programs for grades K-12 with curriculum guide for teachers.
Biking Birding and Wildlife Viewing Boat Access Camping Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Picnicking Swimming Canoeing / Kayaking
Pet policy: Pets allowed on the beach on a leash; all other parks pets not allowed on public beach/swim areas. Please clean up after your pet and be sure to bring documentary evidence of rabies vaccination (required in Virginia Beach).
Facilities: Chesapeake Bay Center: visitor information, environmental education, displays; Trails Center with exhibits on the history and marsh life in the park. Campgrounds, picnic areas and shelters, trails, bike rentals.
Size: 2,888 acres
Accessibility: Most facilities are handicapped accessible; see park website for details.

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