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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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  • Unlike the locals, who might visit for the beach, we put this place on our trip agenda to see the unusual breakwater, consisting of derelict ships filled with concrete. Collected sand for my beach...  more »
  • The park has a pretty nice beach with mold waves which was great for our family with 2 little ones. It also is quite shallow for quite a ways out, which was also nice for our family. It was $7 to get....  more »
  • What a nice nice state park. We sure enjoyed ourselves. The bathrooms we're clean and they were being maintained constantly. I am impressed with the beauty and cleanliness of the whole park. We will be coming back and renting a cabin next time. Even the other guests of the park were so nice and respectful. Well done
  • This is my favorite beach on the East coast. The water was clear and shallow which was enjoyed by our younger kids. The scenic view of the sunken ships made me feel as though we were in an aquarium. Not in a creepy way, in an interesting way. The biking trails were fun except for one that had a steep hill that nearly took out my youngest son. The Bay overlook is absolutely beautiful. We will definitely return next year.

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