My family took advantage of the beautiful 60-degree day this Saturday and went for a hike at First Landing State Park. The park is located in Virginia Beach, just behind Fort Story Naval Base. While you could park on the street outside of the park and walk in, there are two parking lots that are available for a seven ($7) dollar parking fee. There are several trails to choose from. The longest trail, Cape Henry Trail, is just over six miles long. For families with young children, there are many options for getting off the trail and hike back to the parking lot. The experience is very friendly. Almost everyone that walked past us either nodded or greeted us on our way.
What does the landscape look like inside First Landing State Park?
The landscape inside First Landing State Park is woodsy with tall trees and a few scatterings of cypress and moss. The trails are paved in asphalt or covered in gravel. The ground is covered in pine needles and bright green moss. I’m not sure if hikers are permitted to go off of the trail path. However, our family had an easy time taking pictures and it wasn’t apparent that we were photographing from the sidelines. There’s also a path to the beach, so there’s a lot of variety. Photographers will love hiking while there is full sun. The light leaks through the trees really highlight the beauty that is within this forest.
I recommend this park for families who want a short day hiking without the stress of packing a hiker’s bag. First Landing State Park is also a great place to do a couples photoshoot or a maternity photoshoot because of access to both the beach and the forest.