KIPTOPEKE STATE PARK, VA

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Located on the eastern shore of Virginia, this park offers recreational access to the Chesapeake Bay and the chance to explore a unique coastal habitat featuring a major flyway for migratory birds. Kiptopeke Birding Areas: Since 1963, Kiptopeke has been the site of bird population studies...

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Description

Located on the eastern shore of Virginia, this park offers recreational access to the Chesapeake Bay and the chance to explore a unique coastal habitat featuring a major flyway for migratory birds.

Kiptopeke Birding Areas: Since 1963, Kiptopeke has been the site of bird population studies. Sponsored by the Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory, formerly known as Kestrel, and licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, volunteers capture, examine, weigh, band and release resident and migratory birds in Aug. 15 to Nov. 20 of each year. In the raptor research area, hawks, kestrels, osprey and other birds of prey are observed and banded from September through November. Kiptopeke's hawk observatory is among the top 15 nationwide.

Size: 536 acres.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • 20 Amp Service
  • 30 Amp Service
  • 50 Amp Service
  • Beach Area
  • Boat Launch
  • Camp Store
  • Camping
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Fishing - Saltwater
  • Fishing Pier
  • Gift/Souvenir Shop
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking Trail
  • Information Center
  • Laundry
  • Motorboats Permitted
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Picnicking
  • Pier Fishing Pass
  • Playground
  • Programs
  • Restrooms
  • Showers - Hot
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Swimming - Unguarded
  • 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!!

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

KIPTOPEKE STATE PARK
3540 KIPTOPEKE DRIVE
CAPE CHARLES  VA  23310

Phone Number:

Information:  (757)331-2267