The Guide to
Virginia Beach, VA

Little Island Park
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
4005 Sandpiper Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 721-2412                             
Admissions Fee

Established in 1938, this 8,000-acre fresh water refuge borders the Atlantic Ocean on the east and Back Bay on the west. The barrier islands feature large sand dunes, maritime forests, fresh water marshes, ponds, ocean beach, and large impoundments for wintering wildfowl. These tranquil habitats can be accessed by marsh trails, bikes, a boardwalk overlook, and the beach itself. Back Bay is located approximately 18 miles south of the resort area.

False Cape State Park
4001 Sandpiper Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23457
(757) 426-7128
(800) 933-7275

This 4,321-acre area is a mile-wide barrier spit between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, in the extreme southeast corner of Virginia Beach. It has 6 miles of unspoiled beaches, 12 primative campsites, and 9 miles of hiking/biking trails. Access is through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and is limited to hiking, biking, or boating. The park also features an extensive environmental educational program in one of the last undistributed coastal environments on the East Coast.

Little Island Park
3820 Sandpiper Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 426-7200

Located at Sandbridge Beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Amenities include basketball courts, concessions, fishing pier, picnic shelters, playground equipment, restrooms, surfing/swimming, tennis courts & volleyball courts. (Total acreage: 124)


First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 412-2330
(800) 933-7275
Admissions Fee
Handicap Accessible
Children Welcome

On April 26, 1607, some 100 English settlers landed here and established the first elective government in English America before pushing up the James River to establish Jamestown. This historic event is reflected in the name of Virginia’s most visited state park. Along with its historical significance, the park offers opportunities to explore a unique habitat featuring lagoons, large cypress trees and rare plants. More than 19 miles of hiking trails wind through the natural area, guided kayak ecological tours allow exploration of the marshes and bays, and the visitor center exhibits explain much about this coastal environment. Climate-controlled cabins, campsites, picnic areas, a swimming beach, boat ramps, kayak rentals and tours, and a bicycle trail are offered in the park. Location: U.S. 60 at Cape Henry in Virginia Beach.

Munden Point Park
2001 Pefley Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23457
(757) 426-5296

Amenities include ball fields, basketball courts, boat ramps, concessions, fishing, horseshoe pits, gardens, picnic shelters, playfield, playground equipment, restrooms & volleyball courts. (Total acreage: 100)

North Landing River Natural Area
Pungo Ferry Road and Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 925-2318

A 2907 acre preserve harboring more rare plants, animals and natural communities than any place east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A 0.4 – mile trail offers hiking , birdwatching, and canoe access to the river and ends at the scenic black waters of the North Landing River. The trail winds through wet hardwood forests and swamps, where hikers cross on elevated boardwalks. The trial culminates in a view of wind-tidal marches, where hikers cross on elevated boardwalks made of recycled plastic. On your way through the forest, stop periodically to search for the many species of birds and butterflies. The wooded edges and swamps host a diversity of reptiles and amphibians. In summer, the boardwalk is especially productive for butterflies and dragonflies.