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The most visited park in Virginia is First Landing State Park, where the Jamestown colonists first landed in the New World in 1607. Today, it is a nice getaway from the shoreline crowds and a fantastic spot for enjoying the great outdoors. Be prepared to hike, camp, swim, bike or just picnic and watch the squirrels run around. The park features 20 miles of trails and 1½ miles of beach on its 2,888 acres of scenic land.

Former visitors loved walking along this park's well-maintained trails, adding that the paths are relatively easy to trek. However, a few travelers said some trails lack adequate markers, so download the park's trail map or ask a park ranger for detailed directions to avoid getting lost.

This park is open daily from 8 a.m. to dusk, though overnight areas are accessible 24 hours a day. A $7 per vehicle entrance fee (or $5 for Virginia residents) applies most of the year, while visits during peak season weekends and holidays will set you back $7 or $9 per vehicle. Staying at a park campsite costs an additional $24 to $41 per night (plus tax), or you can rent one of 20 cabins for $99 to $154 per night (excluding taxes and reservation fees). Cabin and campsite bookings can be made on the park's reservation page. You'll find the park just south of Cape Henry Lighthouse in northern Virginia Beach. Additional information is available on the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation's website.

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#1 Virginia Beach Boardwalk and Beachfront Rather than your traditional wooden planks, Virginia Beach's famous boardwalk is concrete. The 3-mile thoroughfare is lined with quaint benches, Colonial-style street lamps and biking and walking paths. The ... Read more » eurobanks / Getty Images

#2 First Landing State Park The most visited park in Virginia is First Landing State Park, where the Jamestown colonists first landed in the New World in 1607. Today, it is a nice getaway from ... Read more » jomo333 / Getty Images

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The Virginia Beach Boardwalk offers 3 miles of bike and walking paths, plus a pristine white sand beach. eurobanks / Getty Images

First Landing State Park is filled with tall cypress trees, some of which tower above the park's 20 miles of hiking trails. jomo333 / Getty Images

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