When the first English settlers landed in Virginia in 1607, they came ashore on the site now known as First Landing State Park. Located in the beautiful coastal surroundings of Virginia Beach, this 2,888-acre park is an important historic site — but it boasts great camping and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation as well.
When you camp in an RV at First Landing State Park, you can swim in Chesapeake Bay, hike 20 miles of trails, enjoy excellent fishing, or just relax amid beautiful natural scenery. It's a park with plenty to offer for campers young and old, so let's take a closer look at the activities and attractions you can enjoy when you visit this iconic site.
Located on Cape Henry and with almost 3,000 acres of terrain to explore, First Landing State Park offers an abundance of recreational activities. Unsurprisingly, many of them center on the storied waters of Chesapeake Bay.
For many visitors, the highlight of the park is its one-and-a-quarter-mile stretch of beach, which is open all year round. It's the perfect spot to take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the sand between your toes, and maybe splash about in the shallows on a hot day. However, there are no lifeguards on duty in the park, so keep in mind that you'll be entering the water at your own risk.
If you're a keen angler, you'll want to make sure you remember to load a fishing rod or two in your rental RV. Both fishing and crabbing are popular pastimes in the park, but please note that you'll need a valid Virginia saltwater fishing license if you want to wet a line.
A boat launching area can be found at the Narrows in the southern area of the park, or you can cast a line from the shoreline here. From flounder to trout, there's a long list of species that call this area home, so fingers crossed you get lucky and hook a big one.
For those looking for something to do away from the water, First Landing State Park is also home to almost 20 miles of hiking trails. If you're a keen bird watcher and you're searching for an easy trek, tackle the White Hill Lake Trail and you can spot osprey, egrets, and more. If you're looking for something more challenging, the six-mile Cape Henry Trail should put a smile on your face.
Camping at First Landing State Park
If you want to camp in a rental RV in First Landing State Park, you can book an RV in Virginia Beach and then take your pick of the many sites available in the park's large campground. You can choose from over 200 sites with various amenities.
More than 100 electric sites welcome rigs between 20 and 50 feet long with water and 20, 30, and 50-amp electric hookups. RV spaces also accommodate tents and pop-up campers. Site amenities include picnic tables, fire rings, and grills. The standard primitive sites come without hookups and accommodate rigs up to 20 feet long, in addition to tents and pop-ups.
A mixture of back-in, drive-in, and a couple of pull-through sites are available. Campers can reserve specific sites in advance. The campground also features a bathhouse with hot showers, and firewood is available for sale from the Bay Store or park office. Camping at First Landing State Park is available from March to December.
A group campground is also available at First Landing State Park. A total of 22 primitive sites come with picnic tables, fire rings, and access to a large shelter available to rent. Please note there's a minimum booking requirement of three sites for groups.
If you're looking for an alternative to motorhome camping at First Landing State Park, reserve one of the park's cabins, which come complete with all the comforts of home and are open year-round.
Exploring the Area
When the sun finally sets on your First Landing State Park RV camping vacation, you don't have to call it a day straight away. In fact, there's a long list of great attractions to be enjoyed just a short drive away.
If you're keen to embark on another state park camping experience, you'll find the excellent swimming and fishing at Kiptopeke State Park just half an hour to the north.
If culture is more your cup of tea, make the short drive west to Norfolk and spend a few hours wandering around the excellent Chrysler Museum of Art.
Or if you're fascinated by space flight and all things aerospace, head to Hampton and take a tour of the Virginia Air & Space Center.
Whatever sort of vacation you've got planned, you'll find stacks of great activities and attractions to enjoy within a one-hour radius. So rent a camper near First Landing State Park and start putting together your perfect travel itinerary.