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Kiptopeke State Park, Cape Charles

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Kiptopeke State Park is a state park located in the southern end of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula in Northampton County, near Cape Charles. From 1949, the site was owned by the Virginia Ferry Corporation and used through 1964 as the northern terminus for the Little Creek-Cape Charles Ferry service which crossed the lower Chesapeake Bay from the Eastern Shore / Delmarva to Norfolk and Hampton Roads harbor on the Western Shore. In 1964, the ferry service was replaced by the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel which opened up giving automobile traffic convenient access to the park, the Cape, Delmarva and "The Shore" to the urban centers to the west in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The state park has a number of recreational amenities, including "yurts" which are half tent, half cabin. The park also offers recreational access to the brackish waters of the Chesapeake Bay with its shoreline and beach plus piers as well as an opportunity to explore unique migratory bird habitat along the East Coast flyway. It also has 5 new sunfilled cabins that sleep up to 16 people, RV and tent camping, group camping and camping trailers. For the fisherman it also has a number of boat launching ramps and lighted fishing piers. Access to shopping for supplies is available in the commercial district of the nearby town of Cape Charles.
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  • The campground at Kiptopeke Is basically a wide open field with RV spots and shady woodsy sites for tents, but I digress. The real find at this campground is the beach area with its amazing view of.....  more
    The campground at Kiptopeke Is basically a wide open field with RV spots and shady woodsy sites for tents, but I digress. The real find at this campground is the beach area with its amazing view of.....  more »
  • This has good trails for multiple levels, and various distance. It is easy to get to the shoreline to walk and find big shells. 
    This has good trails for multiple levels, and various distance. It is easy to get to the shoreline to walk and find big shells.  more »
  • This park has a ton of amenities like camping, fishing, a boat ramp, playgrounds, picnic areas, etc. However, we went for the hiking trails. There were quite a few trail options, all very scenic. The....  more
    This park has a ton of amenities like camping, fishing, a boat ramp, playgrounds, picnic areas, etc. However, we went for the hiking trails. There were quite a few trail options, all very scenic. The....  more »
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  • A secret gem and if you’re lucky enough to have the time to visit this beautiful place you definitely won’t regret it. We tent camped for two days and it was one of our favorite camping trips to date. Our dog absolutely loved the beach and trails. We loved the sunsets and peaceful vibes!
  • Great state park! Beautiful and just perfect! The staff is super nice! The area is beautiful and clean. Plenty of space! Great park for children. Our kids just loved walking around, going to the beach to dig holes and collect seashells and go around with their bikes. During the weekend the little store is open, my kids would love to go their and buy ice cream. the lady is so nice there! We'll come back for sure!!!
  • Facilities are not as nice as many of the other Virginia state parks. Bathhouse wasn't clean and is showing is age. Camping sites aren't very level, are grass/sand, and are difficult to back into due to the 90 degree layout. Campers are very close and somewhat crowded. A plus is that some sections feature a sewer connection which isn't common in state parks. Fire pits are behind camper. Saw frequent patrols during the day. Beach access and boating access is great. Make sure you wear shoes crossing onto the beach due to sand spurs and briers. Very quite and natural area.
  • Kiptopeke State Park is a great place to take your family and explore some of the great areas of Cape Charles. The views, beach area, trails, just about anything and everything here is just beautiful. Staying in the park was nice as well. We stayed in a trailer and for a state park, the sites were fairly level, the accomodations in the site worked well and overall the campsites we're very well kept.
  • Beautiful park. Lots of shore birds to see as well as other birds. Most of the paths are easy with boardwalks or wide open pathways. Nice playground for children and sandy beaches to explore.

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