First Landing State Park
Welcome to Virginia’s most visited state park, the 2,888 acre First Landing State Park, the site of the first landing of the Jamestown pilgrims in 1607. The cypress swamps of this location provided fresh water for merchant mariners, pirates, and military ships from the 17th to the 19th centuries. There is even a local legend that Blackbeard himself used the landing to hide from his enemies for a period of time during his lifetime. Your group can learn about this legend and all of the rest of the interesting history regarding this site at the Information Center near the beginning of the park. Your group can also check out the Environmental Education Center next to the Information Center to learn more about the unique flora and fauna in this region.
This State Park is the easternmost area in which you will find subtropical and temperate plants together, making the scenery unbelievably gorgeous. Your group can enjoy this as they explore the 20 miles of trails and two miles of the Chesapeake Bay beachfront. You can hike, bike, swim, boat, fish, or even picnic at the campgrounds and cabins at First Landing State Park, giving you a perfect mix of forest and beach natural oasis. There are also opportunities for recreational sports, as well as time for exploration of the remarkable habitats such as the lagoons, cypress forest, or maritime forest all throughout this exciting state park! Put yourself into the early Americans’ shoes as you step on the very spots they did upon the first arrival, and take in the beauty that has remained unchanged since then.