The tent sites at this campground were gorgeous. Deep and private-feeling and well shaded. But so close to the road. I saw the map that clearly indicates Shore Drive running alongside the campground and I thought, “It can’t be that close!” But it is. Four lanes of 55mph traffic running within 25 yards of all the tent sites on the south side of the campground. We had such a fun time, despite the noise and lack of sleep, that we will almost certainly go back, but will definitely book one of the interior loop sites or maybe even one of the 20’ camper sites instead. Additional points: multiple daily nature programs for all ages in summer, really helpful staff, but the “camp store” doesn’t sell camp supplies or groceries except ice and firewood.
I stayed in one of their cottages during October. The cottage is furnished, has a queen size bed and 2 sets of bunk beds; nice living room/dining room combo, full kitchen with dishes, pots, etc.; TV; fireplace; outside deck with grill; and screen porch. There is also a firepit for enjoying the relaxing fire and evening quiet. You have to bring your own firewood. There is a grocery store about 6 minutes away for convenience. Trails, access to the Chesapeake Bay, Spanish moss. manned Visitor Center, privacy and security.
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Nice facility- but I have seen better “beach” access
This is an excellent campground with large tent sites that you feel almost as if your the only one camping even when the campground is full. There are multiple points of entry to a beautiful well cared for beach. The park offers a trolley ride for 4.50 a day to the main beach front in Virginia Beach. Camp store is well stocked and is run by an outstanding staff. FT Story is very close so you will hear the Star Spangled Banner at 8am every morning and occasionally you will here helicopters doing night exercises.
The sites were large enough and many were tucked under the canopies, allowing for some sun and rain protection. This helped give a little privacy. The sites were close to the beach, which was great. The bathhouse was above average in space, cleanliness, privacy, and light/noise minimization. There was a camp store with necessities as well as trinkets. What I didn't like was proximity to the military base which had traffic and some very bright security lights. Our site was just a few feet away which surprised me. There were loud low helicopter flights over us one night that didn't end until late at night.
The park is great for a walk, bike ride, or swim. I would definitely go here because there are more than just trails but maybe only for a day trip.
Our campsite looked super small at first, but then we moved the picnic table a bit to the side, and it was big enough for my 10 person tent. (Site 54)
Other than that, the water supply was right there on our site, and we had a lot of people come over to use it, but it was super convenient or us anyway. We left our tent alone ALL the time and nothing at all went wrong! I would definitely go here again, and plan on it next year for sure!
Spent a hot & humid week here tent camping. Tent sites are packed in close among live oaks- lending towards a mystical experience, weather depending. RV/camper sites a tight as well. Beach is within walking distance and located near the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Definitely recommend taking a short drive over to The Narrows, also part of First Landing State Park, for a change of scenery.
We’ve been camping for several years and just discovered first Landing this year; it’s quickly become one of our favorites. We’ve stayed at sites 167 and 168 (pictured). The interior sites are shaded and have huge, sprawling trees that are great for energetic kids to climb, and hang hammocks. They also provide nice separation between sites for a more private experience. The sites along the beach have little to no shade; the sites at the bottom of the loop (along Shore Drive) are very close to the road. There is a fence separating the road from the park, but it is a main road and you will be able to hear traffic all night. The beach is clean and big and the water is calm and shallow (3’-4’) very far out. It is a long walk across the boardwalk so if you’re bringing chairs/canopy/floats/toys you’ll want to have a beach wagon/buggy as well. The bathrooms/showers are clean and some of them have a parking space or two. The campground is big so you may find yourself driving more than you’d like if you don’t bring bikes. The rest of the park (and cabins) are across the main road from the campground. The trail from the parking lot to the visitor center is paved and an easy walk/bike ride through cypress trees/swamp. If it hasn’t rained in awhile and the cypress mold is undisturbed on the water you’ll be able to see the rainbow sheen on the water. At the end of the trail next to the visitor center parking lot is an Indian grave; in 1997, 64 Chesapeake Indians received a ceremonial reburial by the Nansemond tribe.
We have stayed here three years in a row! Wonderful beach camping! Wonderful shower facilities. And love watching all the Naval ships!
Great campground for couples or family. Beach is awesome, not crowded at all. We love it and visit every year. Hi