First Landing State Park

It’s Virginia’s most-visited state park, and the reasons for the draw are quite obvious. This spot on the coast offers inviting Chesapeake Bay beach frontage, as well as the forest that makes camping so inviting. 

We visited First Landing State Park on a summer weekend in 2020, a year when getting outdoors was important and activities were limited. So, our visit was probably unique. We did not partake in any organized activities or check out the visitor center. We didn’t even hike any of the trails, which is unusual for us. We just had so much fun on the beach.

The beach area here provides shallow, calm water which can be enjoyed a good ways out from the shore. This was particularly nice with smaller kids and a dog. We spent hours throwing a water-bouncing ball to each other out in the water. 

Other than a downpour washing out our campsite and forcing us to find a nearby seafood restaurant for dinner one night, this was a beautiful camping weekend.

Fast Facts (and Opinions)

Location: First Landing State Park - Virginia Beach, VA

Equipment: Pop-Up

Date: August 2020

Weather: Sunny and hot, one storm with a downpour

Kid-Friendly: Yes (ours were ages 8 and 6)

Dog-Friendly: Yes

Site: 98


Cell Service: No (Verizon)

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