Things To Do
This quarter acre of ground marks the approximate site of the first landing of the Jamestown settlers in Virginia. The grass and shrub covered dunes provides a picturesque setting to just wonder about, read the monuments or just sit down, relax and smell the fresh sea air.
Take the walkway leading to the top of the dunes where one can overlook the Atlantic Ocean and the Entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. Take the walkway just to the south of the Cape Henry Memorial and walk down to the beach and enjoy the waves breaking upon the shore.
Although not a part of the National Park Service Cape Henry Memorial the more adventurous and hearty may want to climb the spiral stair case (approximately 165 steps) up to the top of the Cape Henry Lighthouse. This is not for the faint hearted, but the view is definitely worth the effort. This lighthouse is owned and operated by Preservation Virginia. For information about hours of operation, fees and restrictions please visit Preservation Virginia's Cape Henry Lighthouse at:
Did You Know?
Today, the Army uses the beach at Fort Story (in which Cape Henry is located) to simulate invasions and test amphibious vehicles. Fort Story is now a substation of Fort Eustis in Newport News.