Whether you want to swim in Chesapeake Bay, hike 20 miles of nature trails or just enjoy being out and about in the fresh air, First Landing State Park offers something for everyone. Best of all, it's also a pet-friendly park where dogs are more than welcome to join you for a camping getaway.
Located on Cape Henry, where English colonists first landed in 1607, this 2,888-acre park boasts 1.5 miles of sandy Chesapeake Bay beach frontage. Not only does this offer a beautiful outlook, it also means there are plenty of opportunities for aquatic activities. Fishing, boating and swimming (note: there are no lifeguards) are all popular pastimes, and canoes, kayaks, and other watercraft can be rented from the concession stand near the boat ramp.
For those who prefer to do their sightseeing on foot, First Landing State Park is home to a 20-mile trail network. There are 10 trails in total, with guided tours during peak times for hikers. The Cape Henry and Live Oak trails are also open to bicycles, which are available to rent in season.
The campground features sites with and without electricity and water hookups, as well as 20 pet-friendly cabins. However, please note that if you're staying in a cabin with your dog, a nightly fee of $10 applies per pet.
Visitors and campers in First Landing State Park are encouraged to enjoy the park with their pets, and your furry friend is even allowed on the beach. However, you will need to follow a few simple rules during your visit. These include a requirement to keep your dog on a leash at all times and to never leave them unattended. You'll also have to clean up any pet waste and dispose of it in appropriate containers, and bring along a certificate as proof of rabies vaccination.
First Landing State Park is the most popular state park in Virginia, and it's not hard to see why. It's a beautiful and relaxing spot to go camping with your dog, so get ready for a memorable pet-friendly vacation.