First Landing State Park Loop
ElevationAscent: 234' 71 m
Descent: -246' -75 m
High: 70' 21 m
Low: 7' 2 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“A beautiful 6-mile loop, mostly flat, through unique coastal swamps and forest with great birding.”— Chris Lynch
If you're looking for a shorter loop, use the Kingfisher Trail as a cutoff and shorten your outing to ~4 miles total.
Turn right through the turnstile to begin the White Hill Lake Trail, which is narrower and continues about 1.4 miles. This trail introduces some rolling hills and rootier and sandier terrain. The highlight of this part is the view of White Hill Lake at the end, just before it meets the Long Creek Trail.
Turn right (the obvious direction) on the Long Creek Trail. Immediately after beginning this segment, there are excellent views where Long Creek empties into Broad Bay, with good birding opportunities, best in the early and later parts of the day. The trail at this point crosses a low wooden bridge which ends at an elevated viewing platform. The trail continues for about 1.5 miles along rolling sandy trail along Long Creek. The scenery gets progressively less natural, with views of houses and boats as the opposite shore gets closer. It is still very pretty though!
The last 1/2 mile of the Long Creek Trail turns back inland across more coastal forest and swampland, before meeting the park road that you exit through a turnstile. Turn right and complete the last 1/2 mile of the hike down the park road back to the Trail Center.
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Land Manager: Virginia State Parks