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Virginia Beach, VA: First Landing State Park

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Distance: 9.9 miles


Brimming with beach and bay views, this Virginia Beach 9.9-miler tours cypress swamps, coastal forest (shrouded in Spanish moss), and idyllic marshlands.
  • Trail Center
  • Information Kiosk
  • Cape Henry Trail
  • Mossy Forest
  • Marsh View
  • Marsh Wetlands
  • Beach Viewpoint
  • Broad Bay View
  • Beach View
  • Long Creek Trail
  • Scenic Beach
  • Trail Steps
  • Spanish Moss Tunnel
  • White Hill Lake
  • Stump Cemetary

Touring five of the nine trails in First Landing State Park, this 10-mile loop also hits a wide variety of coastal ecosystems making for a fantastic four-season dayhike.

Pick up the Cape Henry Trail, heading east through a flat coastal forest. The hike treks in and out of stretches like this one, and is often shrouded in heavy tunnels of Spanish moss (just try and take a bad photo of this stuff). After 3.5 miles, the trail hits the shore and runs briefly along the boardwalk while passing First Landing State Park Pond and intermittent sandy beaches (all of which afford stunning views of Broad Bay). At the end of Cape Henry, the hike turns onto First Landing (after jogging 0.9-mile east on the road), and continues back into the moss-covered forest as it treks west past a series of trailside beaches, wetland clearings, and marsh lakes en route to the trailhead.  

-Mapped by Ivan Levin

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