First Landing State Park is a treasure trove of American history, with this place being the first bit of land that the English touched down upon in 1607. This is how it got the name, First Landing. Before these guests, these lands were populated by local Native tribes. The cypress swamps that fill the park were a source of fresh drinking water for pirates and military ships in the War of 1812.
The First Landing State Park began its official park life as a part of the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933, and shortly after that, it was officially recognized in the National Register of Historic Places. Over the years the First Landing State Park has earned the reputation as Virginia's most beloved state park. Hikers go crazy over the 20 miles of trails that wind their way throughout the First Landing State Park.
The trails vary, covering everything from steep fitness paths to cycling trails that are purposefully left in their unpaved, natural state. These trails are available to canines as long as they are on an 8-foot leash or shorter. Refuse bins exist, but unfortunately, dog stations do not so make sure to bring cleanup bags for anything your canine might leave behind.
Swimming in the Chesapeake Bay is a favorite pastime for the locals, but keep in mind that there are no lifeguards on duty. Park officials encourage swimming guests to avoid swimming alone, as well as swimming after dark. Your canine is welcome to come and enjoy the shoreline, as long as they stay leashed up throughout your stay.
If you are more the type to sit on the water rather than in it, boating is incredibly popular here as well. Boats and smaller watercraft can be launched via the Narrows boat ramp in the southern part of the park. There is also boat rental available through the park's concession stand. Rentals are first-come, first-serve so make sure to show up early if you're trying to get a vessel.