Chesapeake Bay Beach- Families enjoy bringing children to the Chesapeake Bay Beach because the surf is much calmer. There is a lot of natural vegetation along the dunes and a maritime forest which attracts a variety of insects. Four boardwalks provide access to the sand dunes and beach, visitors should avoids walking directly on the sand dunes. Many areas of the coast are expansive areas of clean white sand. There are no lifeguards on the beach. There are showers available along each of the boardwalks and restrooms near each walkway on the non-beach end of the boardwalk.
Hiking- First Landing State Park features 19 miles of hiking trails. The Trail Center is where most of the hiking trails can be accessed from with the secondary access point being off the 64th street entrance. The Trail Center offers natural exhibits of wildlife, ecology, natural history, and geology. The Trail Center has seasonal hours of operation that can be found online. The longest tril, Cape Henry, is 6 miles and is the most popular. The trail is wide, worn, and sandy but sections are paved and cross boardwalks covering multiple habitats such as swamps, marsh and forests. The Bald Cyprus Trail is a shorter trail at 1.5 miles that circles through the Cyprus swamps and part of the forest dunes. For a bird watching experience, the long Creek Trail takes visitors through While Hill Lake and open wetlands, a salt marsh boardwalk and onto a great viewing platform.
The Narrows- The boat launch at the Narrows is the only one located at First Landing State Park. This launch offers access to Linkhorn and Broad Bays which will take boaters to the Atlantic Ocean through the Chesapeake. There is a fee for the boat launch unless visitors are staying in the camp ground. Narrows Beach has posted signs that there is no swimming allowed; however, there are often anglers in the water and shell fisherman. Bathrooms are available at the boat launch parking lot. There are also 2 trail heads located here for Cape Henry and Long Creek Trails.
2500 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23451, Phone: 757-412-2300
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