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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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  • 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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  • Beautiful day for trip to Kiptopeke. Short trails highlight birdwatching and beach access. Was surprised to see so many steps in such a flat areas, really added to a enjoyable walk. Loved the lookouts over the beach area. And we had the place to ourselves!
  • I've been crabbing there many times now, and it is amazing! Also fishing there is awesome. I've seen other people and they caught some crazy things like sharks or stingrays. I definitely recommend going there!

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