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FALSE CAPE STATE PARK, VA

Photo: FALSE CAPE STATE PARK
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Description

No vehicular access. Located in southern Virginia Beach, False Cape State Park is a mile-wide barrier spit between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Access is through the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and is limited to hiking, bicycling or boating. The park features primitive camping and an extensive environmental education program in one of the last undisturbed coastal environments on the East Coast.

In the 1800s, False Cape gained a reputation as a ship's graveyard. The area got its name because its land mass resembled Cape Henry, luring boats into shallow waters. One of the area's first communities, Wash Woods, was developed by survivors of such a shipwreck. The village's church and other structures were built using cypress wood that washed ashore from a wreck.

False Cape State Park is situated on 4,321 acres. Beach Size: 5.9 miles of beachfront, extending to North Carolina line.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Beach Area
  • Boat Launch
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Camping - Primitive, Hike-in
  • Environmental Education Center
  • Fishing - Saltwater
  • Fishing, Freshwater
  • Gift/Souvenir Shop
  • Hiking Trail
  • Information Center
  • Lodge
  • Ocean
  • Programs
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Bicycle
Alerts and Important Information

There is a per night per pet fee for cats and dogs in all cabins and lodges (pets are not allowed in the Kiptopeke yurt). Customers making reservations via the web are responsible for visiting the park office to pay all applicable pet fees. Customers may also call the reservation center at 800-933-7275 to pay the pet fees in advance.

Notice for Campers:

LEAVE YOUR FIREWOOD AT HOME!!

One of the most important things we can do to protect Virginia's trees and forest diversity is stop moving firewood. New infestations of tree-killing insects and diseases are often first found in campgrounds and parks. Why? Because people have accidently spread invasive species when they brought firewood along with them. In Virginia, there are numerous counties under quarantines, issued by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, due to an invasive insect pest or disease. These quarantines restrict the movement of firewood or wood by products from certain tree species. Moving firewood in violation of a quarantine is a class 1 misdemeanor and upon conviction, you could be subject to; confinement in jail for up to twelve months and a fine of $2,500.00 or both. For more information on areas under quarantine, go to http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/news/releases-a/062212eabexpand.shtml

PLAY IT SAFE - LEAVE YOUR FIREWOOD AT HOME!!

Getting There:

From Interstate 64, exit on to Indian River Road East. Go 13 miles, then turn left onto Newbridge Road, then right onto Sandbridge Road. Next, turn right onto Sandpiper Road to Little Island City Park. Parking fees required Memorial Day to Labor Day. Day use only parking also is available at Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. From First Landing State Park and oceanfront, turn east onto Shore Drive (Route 60); follow Pacific Avenue to General Booth Boulevard, then left on Princess Anne Road and left onto Sandbridge Road. Turn right onto Sandpiper Road to Little Island City Park. Parking fees required Memorial Day to Labor Day. Day use only parking is available at Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. False Cape State Park, 4001 Sandpiper Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456; Phone: (757) 426-7128

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

FALSE CAPE STATE PARK
4001 SANDPIPER ROAD
VIRGINIA BEACH VA 23456-4347

Phone Number:

Information: (757)426-7128

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Only the beach trail into the park will be open during this time. Please plan accordingly. from Sep 30 2013 to Oct 12 2013