At First Landing State Park (formerly known as Seashore State Park), you and your furry friend can enjoy a quick stroll or go on a hike through a variety of landscapes. There are ten connecting trails here that total about 20 miles. Depending on the route you select, you'll wander through forestland, on boardwalks that cross swamps, or by the beach. The in-state parking fee for the facility is $5 during regular seasons and $7 in prime season.
The Cape Henry trail is a park favorite. This 6.1-mile out-and-back route heads through forest, marsh, and swamp as it transects the property. Starting from the trail center in the north, follow the dark green blaze southeast to the 64th Street Narrows picnic area. The route hooks west from here to finish along Lake Susan Constant. To get back to your starting point, connect with the four-mile Long Creek Trail off 64th Street. On this pathway, you'll hike through salt marshes at the edge of the bay and past the wetlands of White Hill Lake. Part of the trek is on a boardwalk that has a viewing platform. This is a furrific bird-watching trail. There's a secluded loop that spurs off the Bald Cypress Trail. The Osmanthus Trail wanders through bottomland and offers mild hill work for hikers and joggers alike.
Fido is more than welcome at First Landing if they're on a leash and you keep them clear of swimming areas. The DCR recommends you have proof of rabies vaccination with you. Bring waste collection bags and water when you hike here.
Pack up the car and bring your special pal to First Landing State Park for a puptastic day of hiking. This facility offers several pathways through woods and wetlands for the two of you to explore. As you travel, watch for wildflowers and animals like five-lined skinks, frogs, osprey, owls, turtles, and more.