Virginia Beach Attractions: First Landing State Park

The Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center is proud to neighbor the historic First Landing State Park. Thousands of visitors enjoy its beautiful scenery and nature trails year-round, but many are unaware of the park’s rich history. first landing state park

Before Hiking and Picnics

As you may have guessed by the name, First Landing State Park is the landing site of the first English colonists in 1607. The park has seen many historic events, and its waterways have been travelled by Native American canoes, schooners, cargo ships, pirates, merchants and the Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Some even say that Blackbeard himself hid within the Narrows at First Landing State Park! The park was built by an all African American Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933-1940 and is a National Natural Landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

A Virginia Beach Oasis

First Landing State Park is the most-visited park in Virginia for a reason! Nestled in the city of Virginia Beach, The park offers 20 miles of hiking trails that are pedestrian, bike and pet friendly. During a hike through First Landing State Park you will encounter an exciting mix of habitats including bald cypress swamps, lagoons and maritime forest, as well as rare plants and wildlife. The park also offers a educational programs year-round for all ages. Make sure to check out their list of upcoming events to attend during your stay at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center.

Visiting the Park

First Landing State Park is minutes away from the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center. As a guest at the resort hotel, you can utilize our bike rentals to tour First Landing State Park. If biking is not for you, the park is a walkable distance via bike path or beach, or a quick trip via car down Shore Drive. To view First Landing State Park on a map, click here. Park hours are 8 a.m.-dusk


Sources:

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/first-landing.shtml#general_information

http://www.americasstateparks.org/Virginia/park/First-Landing-State-Park/43


 

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