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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $99.00
The first thing you notice here is that the RV sites are very close to the beach. But we enjoyed the hiking trails here more. They are on the south side of the park and include the "Bald Cyprus Nature Trail". That goes thorough lagoons filled with Bald Cypress and Spanish Moss. We joined a ranger led trail on it and it was excellent. We got a chance to scoop out out water and look for animals which was fun. The visitor center is entertaining as well, and there are some short foot bridges out to the beach. There are a few good restaurants very close by, and Virginia Beach is a short drive away. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Cabin.
Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $35.00
We went to First Landing for a quick getaway (we live 1 hour away) and there are a lot of things to do nearby. We had heard about the flooding from Hurricane Matthew, but figured the higher dune line campsites would be open. Well, only one area was open (H) and several of those sites were unusable due to standing water. We rode our bikes around the whole campground to survey the dry campsites. Unfortunately while all of the dune line sites were useable, the loop roads to get your rig to them were still under as much as 2 feet of water! It is unknown when the water will go down. Interestingly, we did notice a couple of camp hosts in the closed area...with no campers to host! Nice job if you can get it... During check-in we noticed that all of the camp sites are being renumbered and many of them will be made site specific reserved in 2017. That means you can a reserve a specific site and no more first-come-first-served.
Back to our site, we 'cruised' the loop to see what 50 ft sites were still available...and noticed 3 of the 50 ft sites had tents in them! Now I understand the reservations were not site specific, but there were tent sites open...and I can't fit my rig in a tent site! We ended up one of two remaining 50 ft sites right in front of the bath house...negative points. Next the grass is full of sand spurs, very sharp, small burrs that grab onto everything! Shoes, pant legs, water hoses, electrical cords, etc! They also are tracked into your rig and are a painful surprise when bare footed. We don't invite friends with pets to camp here because of these things. They need to be cleaned out...more negative points. Did I mention the bath house? Since our spot was literally in front of the bath house, we had pedestrian traffic trapesing though our campsite at all hours. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 15
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $38.00
Great start at First Landing again. We love the specific site reservations with their pilot program. Glad to see they are going to expand the program in 2017. It's great to know exactly the site you have and not to have to rush to get to the campground. We can take our time and leisurely drive knowing we have a specific site with our name on it. We do wish they would repave the campground roads, very rough in places and sometimes tight to squeeze through. Great beach experience again, we love no life guards to "look after us". We are adults and don't need those blasted whistles screaming at every "supposed infraction". Quite a bit of trash around on the beach, I wish people would clean up after themselves, but we all know some people just suck the beauty out of everything. Uncrowded expansive sand is our idea of a perfect beach day. The boardwalk over the dunes to the beach needs desperately to be replaced, and have for ten years now, repairing a few boards a year does not make it feel like a secure structure to walk on as well as getting splinters if you aren't careful. They really catered to day use visitors with day use areas well maintained and patrolled regularly by park police. We like the feeling of being all by yourself most of the time, lots of trees and scrub brush between sites. Sprint cell service at the campground is OK and complimentary Wi-Fi is available at the office. Water and 30 amp electrical service is included at your site and worked well. Trees were abundant to hang out hammocks. Relaxation = Wonderful! Overall a great stay and we will definitely return here again! We camped at First Landing State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $35.00
Premier state park of Virginia. Sites are as close to the Chesapeake bay as you can get. Shaded site afforded privacy and seclusion. While you can make out sounds of adjoining sites you can't really see anyone. Big difference if you're used to commercial facilities. Extremely competent and friendly staff.
Wonderfully maintained and serviced facility. Due to its popularity this park is extremely hard to get into unless you plan way in advance or use the Notification features on their reservation website. This park is an exceptional value and real natural treasure for Virginia Beach.
Can't wait to return. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Bay side beach is primary draw for these sites.
Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $40.00
Great Park. Staff very friendly and helpful. Camping in the dunes. Plenty of room. The place was full but we didn't feel cramped. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Check out the park across the road for hiking, biking and nature.
Review Count: 11
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 6
Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $40.00
This park campground is situated right on the beach and is a great experience - very few folks on the beach compared to hotels and resorts. Make reservations soon because it fills fast. This park has both site-specific reserved areas, and first-come first-serve areas, meaning that you can reserve a site, but you pick from the ones available when you arrive.
This park also uses a 20'/30'/50' reservation size protocol, meaning that they give you a site based on your rig/camper LENGTH, not the size of the electrical amperage you need, which might be confusing since most sites have 20/30/50 amp service!
Some of the sites are open and have no shade, and others are WELL shaded, maybe too much. The routes in and out of the campground can also be a little daunting to larger motorhomes, especially those 40' or more.
Showers, bathrooms, and water fountains were all good. Each site has water and electric, but no sewer. Wi-Fi is available at the office only. There are also several boardwalks to the beach. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Motorhome.
Easy walk or bike ride to trails, food, and shopping.
Review Count: 16
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $40.00
The rate is for a non VA resident. Campground was very nice on northern shore of Virginia Beach. We will definitely go back to this campground, in fact, we were told to book 11 months out and we will do that. This time of year the weather can be iffy but it is worth the chance. Sorry, we will not give out our site number because we feel it was the best in the park! We camped at First Landing State Park in a Motorhome.
There is a paved bike trail across Shore Drive before the cabins.
Review Count: 18
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 5
Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $38.00
Rate was for non-specific site, including the Reserve America fee. Great location just barely inside the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The beach is about 100-150 yards across the dunes via boardwalks at selected points, and very uncrowded since it's just campers using it. Lots of tent sites, and sites limited to 20 foot & 30 foot RVs, as well as some larger sites. Campground roads might be tight for large rigs, as would some sites, but there were RVs of all types when I was there. A few sites aren't that level, and shade varies considerably, too. Folks who are picky may want to utilize the site-specific reservation option (costs extra). Vegetation separates adjoining sites, but you are rather open to the site directly across the narrow road in some spots. There is a pretty good camp store that stayed open until 11:00 PM when I was there, as well as laundry facilities, and you're only a mile away from a grocery store & drug store just down the road from the park. It's only a short drive to the Virginia Beach oceanfront if that is of interest. Although I did hear helicopters a couple times a day, they weren't that loud unless they flew directly overhead, and that lasted about 30 seconds. They might be more active at other times, but I wouldn't think most people would be bothered. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Motorhome.
Citrus, a good breakfast restaurant, is about a mile away just off Shore Drive.
Review Count: 53
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 23
Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $40.00
Sites are generally adequate in size. Good spacing and privacy between sites. Pay attention to the recommended maximum lengths on the reservation map when reserving; unlike some campgrounds, they really mean something for this one. Sites are not right on the beach, but rather backed up to dunes. There is access at several points throughout the campground via boardwalks. There are many excellent shaded tent sites. Vegetation along the roads needs to be cut back in the campground. There are many overhanging limbs that scrub the tops and sides of a fifth wheel, motorhome, or class C camper. The roads are laid out in a way that makes it difficult to avoid scratching up your sides and top. Lots to do in the area, and great walks along a part of the beach that doesn't have a lot of public traffic. I would love to camp here again in the future, I just hope they cut back the vegetation along the roads. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Bubba's for seafood.
Review Count: 147
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 35
Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $52.00
Rate includes an extra fee for a site specific reservation. Rate is high for a state park. First Landing is not big rig friendly. Roads are narrow and tree branches along the road will scrape a large motorhome (ours is 33'). This is not a good location for an overnight stay as it is a good distance from the main highways. The campground is adjacent to a military facility that has low flying helicopters in the air until 10:00pm. If you overlook all this, First Landing is a very nice park located on the Chesapeake Bay and has miles of hiking trails. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 11
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $36.00
Its on the beach, but to access the beach you must go to a boardwalk of which there are several. For the most part the ocean is blocked by the dunes which you are prohibited from walking on. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Truck Camper.
Review Count: 14
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $40.00
We love staying at this campground because of the country feel yet you are still in the city. The sites are spacious with good separation from your neighbor. Water is good and power worked well, but no sewer. We reserved a site this time and that was nice. The staff was friendly and security seemed good especially during the weekend. The price I listed included the reservation fee. Our site was very quite except for local military air traffic but it didn't bother us. We will definitely be staying here again. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 41
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 8
Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $35.00
Just got back from a great weekend at First Landing and we had a great time. My wife and I camped in our 38' Thor Outlaw. My son-in-law, daughter and 2 young boys camped in their 30 foot TT. I was in C15 and they were in C6. Getting to these sites involved some very tight turns, but easily negotiated. The sites were level, had water and electrical hookup (50 amp in mine - 30 in theirs) with fire rings. They are well spaced and wooded. I saw every kind of camper, from tents in sand dunes to big rigs. The staff said my site can take up to a 50 footer. Bathrooms were cinder block and clean....nothing special. Firewood is sold at the office.There were well maintained boardwalks to the beach that faces the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Water temp was too cool for swimming, but the kids had a great time. The staff is new and still figuring it all out, but helpful. the sight is very secure/safe. Virginia State Park Police patrolled every couple of hours. I didn't see any interaction with campers, more like maintaining a presence. Pets are allowed on leashes. Be careful of sand burrs that stick in their paws. Mine had a great time and are passed out after all the exercise and fun they had at the beach. There are plenty of nice affordable restaurants in easy reach if you want to skip smores as a main course. Short drive to Naval Bases and the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. I live a short distance miles from this park and will do it again with my family. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Motorhome.
Virginia Beach Resort Oceanfront is a short distance from the park. Great restaurants and Naval Bases are within a couple of miles.
Review Count: 60
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 9
Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $35.00
We enjoyed our time at this campground. From our campsite, we could hear and see the ocean. This campground has narrow roads, which are not big rig friendly. Use caution. Campground within 1 mile of gas stations, restaurants, freeway and grocery stores. Verizon phones were able to maintain a 4g signal. DirecTV (free standing satellite) had no issue. We utilized this campground to visit Virginia Beach, which was within a 30min drive and Nauticus and Wisconsin Battleship museum. We also took the Chesapeake Bridge, which has a small restaurant midway. We (including our furry friends) did not enjoy the pot stickers covering the grounds throughout the park. Our dogs were constantly crying for help, and walking barefoot isn't an option. Please use caution before stepping into your RV, as these pot stickers can find their way inside, and they do hurt on bare feet. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $33.00
Great park, with friendly staff, a great store and helpful camp hosts (at least when I was there). In fact, my hosts actually loaned me some leveling blocks out of the kindness of their hearts. They didn't have to do that, they just did. I stayed in lot H (I think -- the one furthest west at one end) which as far as I am concerned is the best lot to be in. It's quiet and there are some really great waterfront sites. Now, when I say waterfront, I mean what every other place in this part of the country means by that -- behind the dunes, but with an easy walk to the beach (which is very nice and clean) and I could hear the waves from my windows every night which I loved. Very pet friendly, with doggy cleanup bags available. If there is one negative about this park, it's the sand spurs. Obviously, this is an issue with ANY park with this kind of locale, but they're everywhere, so come prepared without open ankles and come with some mats or tarps to put around your site to try to keep them out of your camper. Also, if you get a site along the southern edge of the park, you're going to have some road noise because it's very close to Shore Drive there. Those two things aside, I made three other reservations for this park (especially now that they allow site specific reservations in some areas of the park!!) if that gives you an idea of my overall impression. LOVE THIS PLACE. Many OTA channels available, many good sat TV sites, water (pressure very strong, use a regulator) and power both great. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Motorhome.
Check out the park across the road for hiking, biking and nature.bucko • August 2016
Bay side beach is primary draw for these sites.Big Guy • August 2016
There is a paved bike trail across Shore Drive before the cabins.TheBounders • May 2016
Easy walk or bike ride to trails, food, and shopping.hturnerfamily • April 2016
Citrus, a good breakfast restaurant, is about a mile away just off Shore Drive.NoVa RT • August 2015
Bubba's for seafood.Bama Camper • May 2015
Virginia Beach Resort Oceanfront is a short distance from the park. Great restaurants and Naval Bases are within a couple of miles.Russ60 • April 2015
There are plenty of shops and restaurants. Virginia Beach is close by and the State Park itself has plenty of room for biking and hiking. The beach is right there so when you want to swim or sun bathe, you won't have far to go.hombre849 • January 2015
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