First Landing State Park

This past weekend, we stayed at the camper and decided to have another hiking adventure. Tikka and I have been cooped up at the camper for the last few days while Josh has been working 12 hour days. It was time for all of us to get out and enjoy nature. On the plus side, the weather was going to be in the 70s. It’s a weird time to have warm weather just one week away from Christmas.

We decided to check out First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. The park contains almost 2,900 acres of forests and about 1.5 miles of the Chesapeake Beach area. The park is rich with colonial history as it was the first area for English colonists to land in 1607. The park contained over 20 miles of trails to view the swampy areas that were once used for shipping and navigation for both the colonists and Native Americans.

First Landing State Park

First Landing State Park is known to be Virginia’s most visited state park as it is located just next to Virginia Beach. The park gives you the woody, swampy view and the beach view. As you navigate through the trails, you learn more about the plants, wildlife, and habitat among the cypress swamps, lagoons, and maritime forest.

When we arrived at our destination, Tikka was thrilled to be out of the car and ready to go on a hike. Unfortunately, we only had an hour and a half of daylight left due to travel time and recovering from a long night from the Khaki Ball the night before. The weather was a little iffy as well because it began to rain on our way to the park. Luckily, it stopped when we arrived.

We decided to take the Bald Cypress Trail which was just about two miles. The trail had a little more elevation compared to the Merchants Millpond State Park, but nothing significant. The park was a prime location for trail runners. Tikka wanted to do some trail running with the runners. Unfortunately, we had to prevent that from occurring.

Tikka likes to be the line leader.

It took us a little over 2 hours to complete the 2 mile trail. The trail felt like it took forever as we did not have an indication of when we would be turning around and ending up where we began. However, we enjoyed the tall cypress trees that have been there for almost 400 years. It’s not something you see every day, especially during this day and age. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen tall trees so magnificent in West Virginia yet (other than during the Fall season).

Josh and I wished we had more time to explore the state park. We simply didn’t think about the travel time. We hope to plan our trips a little better when we plan our next weekend adventure.

If you would like to know more information on First Landing State Park, you can read more about it here: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/first-landing.

Stay Adventurous,

Natalie Paige

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