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First Landing State Park Beach

Pets are allowed in all Virginia State Parks. State regulations prohibit pets at designated swim areas and require pets to be confined or kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and kept under supervision while in the park. Pets are also not allowed in public facilities (bathhouses, visitor centers, park offices, restaurants, etc.) While pets are allowed at False Cape State Park, they are not permitted access through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. To avoid potential inconvenience, we ask that you bring proof of current rabies vaccination. This is strongly recommended in Virginia Beach where a rabies alert is in effect. This massive historical park includes an authentic Indian village, 20 miles of walking trails, and a beach that's dog-friendly year round. The park is the site of the first landing of the Jamestown colonists in 1607. Now, as Virginia's most-visited state park, it's a natural oasis in Virginia Beach's urban oceanfront area. The park has 20 miles of trails and 1.5 miles of sandy Chesapeake Bay beach frontage. Offering many recreational and educational activities, it's a great place to explore unusual habitats featuring bald cypress trees, lagoons, rare plants and wildlife, and maritime forest ecology. Cabins, water and electric hook-up campsites, picnic areas, boat ramps and a camp store with bicycle rentals are also available. Visit Website

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Reviews

BringFido Guest Rating

First Landing State Park Beach has received a rating of 4.4 out of 5 bones by 10 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Amy
    Sep. 10, 2020
    The STENCH

    Awful. I wish there was a No Bones rating available. $7 to park. When we approached the walkway over the dunes to the beach---I noticed it right away. Strong, pungent odor of dog feces. It was so strong---I thought MY dog had had an accident and I inadvertently stepped in it somehow. That's how bad it was. By the time we got to the beach...it was making me sick to my stomach. I put on my mask. Still could not filter it out. We walked about 1/4 mile down the beach---I couldn't get away from it. I thought it was my dog! I rushed him to the water and washed him down. Nope. Not him. Laid a blanket down and sat---with my full N95 mask on (I'm a Nurse)---and literally had to breathe through my mouth because of the STENCH of dog feces.

    It was the worst. We drove from Roanoke to First Landing just to go to this wonderful 5 bones park! Yeah. We stayed for 20 minutes and left before I puked from the smell. What a trashy place. Humans on this beach clearly bury the feces instead of walking the poop to the garbage bins---like someone here already said... It was just no fun having to walk with a bag of poop! Whine Whine Whine....well then don't bring a dog to a big giant litterbox and expect them to not defecate.

    Filthy, garbage strewn beach---bits of plastic, hair ties, garbage bags, cups...nobody cleaning a thing and the STENCH was overwhelming.

    Virginia Beach seems to have literally turned into a garbage pile. This isn't what I remember from 20 years ago--and I certainly will never visit there again.

  • Diana
    Jun. 14, 2020
    Wishing My Rate Was Higher

    I visited on June 6-7 it was great to be able to travel with my pet as phase 2 from COVID-19 allowed a quick get away. that being said, the beach was extremely crowded being a nurse desperately needing down time this was stressfull. We walked behind everyone a good distance in order to find a spot with out a trash can in sight to deposit pet waste. Unfortunately my pet had to relieve himself just as we got started on our journey on the beach and carrying pet waste on a hot day without a place until we returned back to the visitor center was not fun. needless to say our stay was short, which was a good thing because as we headed out there was a huge number of vehicles arriving to an already crowded beach. I was happy that at least one beach is available for dogs during the summer. my dog did enjoy it.

  • Brian
    Dec. 29, 2019
    Excellent State Park beach

    What a great State Park ! The beach where dogs are welcome on one side of the park and lots of shaded hiking trails across the main road . We came in Dec off season ( had a 65 degree weekend) so it was Incredible. Taste is a great place to eat a few miles away and there is a good dog park across from it.

  • Tricia
    More than a year ago
    Great day at the beach

    WOW -- we got to bring our dog to the beach -- it was AMAZING. We are from NY so we paid $7 to park which is amazing for us. We had access to the beach and the trails. THe beach was great, everyone welcomed our doggie, the sand was great, clean beach, water was perfect. We met other dogs on the beach, all leashed -- it was a great day had by all.

  • Lyndsay
    More than a year ago
    Great

    What a great beach! Loved that the pup could be on the beach all day unlike the rest of VA public beaches during the summer. Had a great time and the park is dog friendly. Beaches were clean and quiet!

  • Stephanie
    More than a year ago
    Fun in the sun at the beach for you and your pup

    Our dog had a blast at this beach! Most of the dogs that were there were leashed (which is the rule). Our dog is unsure with some dogs so this was great for us :) we could take him into the ocean and not have to worry about him being attacked by another dog. It was a bit crowded when we went but not so bad that we couldn't find a spot.

  • Melanie
    More than a year ago
    great

    I have 2 labs that love the water. This beach is great for people with dogs! They are allowed on the beach all day (not just specific times like most of the rest of VA beach). The rules of the beach state they need to be on leash but in generally everyone has the dogs off leash-especially in the water. You do have to pay to get into the park/park (va state park) but it is low cost and if you leave close consider buying a pass. Every time I have gone even on a Saturday in the summer the beach never seems very crowded. Make sure to take bags to clean up waste and know there are no trash cans on the beach but they have trash/recycle/shower areas just on the parking lot side of the dunes.

  • Hunter
    More than a year ago
    Awesome!!!

    Loved it! And so did my pup. The beach was beautiful and no very crowed which always makes it nice. The water was very cool and refreshing for both of us!

  • Belladonna the bulldog
    More than a year ago
    first landing of the bulldog!

    dunes with a nice wooden bridge over them lead to an open stretch of beach. went on weekdays around mid day in august and found air and water temps good, beach clean and not very crowded. cost was $4 for the whole car so a very good value. bulldog enjoyed it immensely, playing fetch in the surf, wife n i walked the length of the beach and tired a bulldog out each day. there are trails also but we did not explore them. showers to clean you and your puppy off, bathrooms also and even a visitor's center. definitely 5 bones!

  • Belladonna the bulldog
    More than a year ago
    first landing of the bulldog!

    dunes with a nice wooden bridge over them lead to an open stretch of beach. went on weekdays around mid day in august and found air and water temps good, beach clean and not very crowded. cost was $4 for the whole car so a very good value. bulldog enjoyed it immensely, playing fetch in the surf, wife n i walked the length of the beach and tired a bulldog out each day. there are trails also but we did not explore them. showers to clean you and your puppy off, bathrooms also and even a visitor's center. definitely 5 bones!

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