Hiking Hampton Roads: First Landing State Park

Posted at 5:38 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 23:42:40-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - On a mission to explore places to hike in Hampton Roads, sports reporter Megan Plain shares where you can get out and get active.

This week, Megan explores First Landing State Park.

According to the state park's website, the park is where English colonists first landed in 1607. Native American canoes, Colonial settlers, 20th century schooners and modern cargo ships have navigated the park's waterways.

The park contains 20 miles of trails, 2,888 acres and 1.5 miles of beach. You can explore trails both on foot and by bicycle.

Cape Henry Trail is the park's most popular trail, spanning 6.1 miles. Most of the journey is done on a wide, flat road, but there are portions with paved blacktop and boardwalks. The trail features forests, cypress swamps, and salt marsh.

The next longest trail is Long Creek Trail which is five miles long. It follows along the edge of the bay and salt marsh lands for more than half of the journey, and features views of White Hill Lake and the open wetlands.

Osprey Trail connects with Long Creek Trail and features multiple habitats, including the tidal beach of Broad Bay. The trail is roughly 1.5 miles long.

White Hill Lake, Bald Cypress and Osmanthus Trail are the remaining trails that span over one mile, and three addition trails provide a much shorter trek.

If you have any trail suggestions, reach out to Megan at