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Kiptopeke State Park, Cape Charles

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4.2/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web
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  • Detoured on our way to Va Beach -- this was a real find. Had I known it was going to be so wonderful - I would have planned the trip to visit this area much sooner. Hiking, beach, fishing pier and wil...  read more »
  • We spent a wonderful weekend camping at Kiptopeke which is located on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay at the tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore. The best word to describe this state park is "Diversity". ...  read more »
  • Hadn't been here in years and wanted to see if tropical storm Hermine left it intact, or a mess. It was always a fun place to camp, with the camping loops just 50 yards from stairs leading down throug...  read more »
  • Quiet, relaxing, great for children, natural setting. Lodges very good for family vacations, if a bit noisy with young children. Beach excellent for little ones, separate crabbing beach outstanding. Easily traversed , short nature trails. Fine large playground, good camp/park store. Close to nature preserves and a very fine beach at Cape Charles. Very good kayaking and paddle boarding. Staff friendly and accommodating.
  • Beautiful park...beaches were nice, well except for the horseflies that would not give us a moment of peace. Crabbing was excellent. We went tent camping, camp area was nice, bathroom were decent, staff friendly...kayak rentals, great price, fun experience...Overall stay was pleasant
  • Our family loves this place. Nice beach. Nicely sized camp sites. Great value. Peaceful.
  • I had a great weekend with my family and friends in this park. We went tent camping and we had a good experience. The bathrooms were clean and with hot water. The beach was just 10 minutes walking from the tent. Great place to stay!
  • It's hard for me to give a fair review right now, as it is 90+ degrees with 90% humidity and we were unlucky enough to get a no-shade spot. There doesn't seem to be an ideal time to get here in order to get a good spot, because despite a 3pm check out and 4pm check in, people come in and out all day. You just have to be lucky. Mosquitos are pretty bad and the horse flies are atrocious. We travel with two big dogs, so we spent our beach time on the dog beach to the left of the pier. There was a lot of sea weed and dead crabs, and the water is not very clear, but still the beach was enjoyable. Dragging along a canopy for some much needed shade, we were able to enjoy a whole day at the beach with only a handful of people walking by. I can't speak for how busy the swimming beach is, but the dog side is very quiet. The park is pretty well monitored. The showers are clean until the end of the day after tons of people have been in. They have good pressure and hot water. Toilets are clean and well stocked. Sink area is usually clean. We did not use the trails because of the heat, but what I did see of them was well groomed. Tons of mosquitos in those woods though. The park is nice and clean and have the kids something to do when we were too burnt or tired to go to the beach. There is recycling in the park, which is nice. Trash also, but be ready to hold your breath getting out of the car, especially if it is hot! Nearby Cape Charles offers some amenities, such as a Food Lion grocery store which has good prices (sign up for the card). Recommend getting ice from the self-serve across the street from the grocery... $2 for a 16lb bag. 45 min north on 13 will get you to a Walmart. $18 round trip to cross the CBBT, but there are more amenities over there, such a Costco and other retail and grocery. Also, Virginia Beach and Norfolk for tourist destinations. The camp store at Kiptopeke has kayak and bike rentals, as well a fishing equipment and souvenirs. The prices were on par with what you will find outside of the park. There is a shower house near the beach and pier. The park also has activities you can take part in, such as hikes, kayak fishing, per fishing, and crabbing... many free or reasonably priced. Overall, it is a nice park and offers lots to do for the family. I wish it had been a bit cooler while we were here, but I would come back if I were better prepared (AC, a different season).
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