Kate K.
Ashland , VA
Joined June 2019
A new favorite

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.