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Home > Visit a Gateway > Kiptopeke State Park
Kiptopeke State Park - Cape Charles, VA

The concrete ships located off the park’s waterfront offer some of Virginia’s finest fishing. For the land-lover, a large fishing pier with picnic tables and lights to attract fish is available. No fishing licence is required from the pier, but a valid Virginia saltwater fishing licence is required for fishing from the shore. The southern beach is great for surf fishing and beachcombing. Motorboats are allowed and a new ramp has been completed and has 4.5-foot mean low water.

Hiking trails are available. Stroll through upland hardwood forest along Baywoods Trail and look for tracks of foxes, deer and many birds. In the fall, you can visit the Kiptopeke Bird Banding Station and watch the ongoing research. The southern beach also is perfect for a hike. The upland Baywoods Trail and southern beach are connected by extensive boardwalks so that visitors may explore Kiptopeke’s dune formation. When hiking on the southern beach, please observe signs designating the special habitat area that is closed to visitors. Bicycle trails are available along the park’s entrance road.

Bay, beach swimming: Chesapeake Bay (lifeguards). Kiptopeke’s northern beach fronts nearly half a mile on the Chesapeake Bay and features a beach and lifeguarded swimming area from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Pets are not allowed on the beach.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Camping Educational Programs Fishing Picnicking Swimming Canoeing / Kayaking
Facilities: Kiptopekes' Environmental Education Center is a perfect place to bring students to learn about the Chesapeake Bay. The park features Virginia’s State Parks: Your Backyard Classrooms program. There are picnic grounds and shelters and overnight camping.

On-line camping and over-night reservations are available through the park's website.

Size: 540 acres
Accessibility: There are two accessible campsites with water and electric.Two bathhouses are ADA compliant.Two handicapped parking spaces available at the entrance of the Bald Eagle Bluff Walkway Hawk Observatory. Picnic shelters (handicapped spaces available; also used for the observatory) Picnic shelter, bathhouse, and playground is accessible.

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