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.