Many people take for granted the freedom to visit a Virginia State Park and wander through nature or hike a trail. When you are challenged by impaired mobility, nature still calls but enjoying it is more difficult. This is my second article in a series on how to enjoy our parks if you are in a wheel chair or need assistance while walking.
Two of the dune crossovers are fully accessible – from the Chesapeake Bay Center and Campground H
First Landing State Park is known for its beach front on the Chesapeake Bay. Usually water enthusiasts can walk out into the Bay for quite a distance before reaching water too deep to remain above water. While it is not a guarded swimming beach, many families enjoy this aspect of the beach. But if you are a child or adult that needs a wheel chair, you may think that all that sand would be a barrier. However, the park has made access to the water's edge possible with a special wheelchair and you can call (757) 412-2320 for more details.
First Landing also has one of the longest accessible trails in our system (the longest if you don't count New River Trail and High Bridge Trail). The Cape Henry Trail is accessible from the western Shore Drive area park boundary at Kendall Street all the way to 64th Street on the Ocean side.