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
Clean, cool environment. Low trees provide some shade. 30 second walk to the ocean.
We stayed 3 nights in W/E Back In, Site 141, mostly hard packed sand surrounded by trees. The angle is a little weird to back into, but the site itself is nice and feels private. The fire ring and picnic table (old and wood) is at the very back of the site. A pretty nasty storm rolled through one night and the trees actually provided a little protection.
My family and I really enjoy camping at First Landing. Its close to Virginia Beach. Nice and quiet beach right there at the park and good hiking trails.
Nice sites. EZ access to the Bay beach. Not a lot of privacy. Close to the beach area. Many restaurants & stores close by.