On Virginia’s beautiful Eastern Shore, explored by Capt. John Smith in 1608, Kiptopeke offers recreational access to the Chesapeake Bay. It’s also a great place to explore unique migratory bird habitat along the Atlantic flyway. The park has two and three-bedroom cabins, six-bedroom lodges, RV and tent camping, a yurt (part cabin-part tent), and a bunkhouse. Guests also enjoy the park’s boat ramp, lighted fishing pier, picnic areas, 5.1 miles of hiking and biking trails, playground, beach bathhouse and swimming beach. Seasonal interpretive and educational programs focus on natural history, birding and bay ecology.
Trails - The park has more than 5 miles of hiking and bicycle trails. Explore upland hardwood forest along Baywoods Trail and look for tracks of foxes, deer and many birds. 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.
Swimming - There are two unguarded beaches on the Chesapeake Bay. Swimmers using the areas do so at their own risk. Kiptopeke’s northern swim beach is nearly half a mile long and open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Pets, fishing, jet skis, canoes, kayaks and other boats are not allowed there.
Fishing - 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.
Overnight Accommodations - The park has RV camping, tent camping, yurts, a bunkhouse, cabins, and lodges.
Educational Programs - The park offers many opportunities to learn and explore. Programs are offered daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Programs include beach safaris and owl prowls and sessions on fishing, kayaking, crabbing, seine netting, lure-making and campfires. Special events include First Day Hike, Recycling Day, Kids to Parks Day, Clean the Bay Day, and Outdoor Exploration Day which is held in association with the Eastern Shore of Virginia Birding and Wildlife Festival.
Professional Distinction: Demonstrations, Exhibition, Instruction, Public Art/Installations
Member of Trail Networks:
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Park Open: Sunrise to Sunset
Fishing Pier Open: 24/7
Office Open: 8:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m. M-Sun
3540 Kiptopeke Dr
Cape Charles, VA 23310