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“Great trails”

Kiptopeke State Park
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Owner description: One of the best spots for bird-watching.
Sterling, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
369 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“Great trails”
Reviewed August 13, 2011

I came to the park mostly to use the trails and see some birds. I drove through the entire park while I was here which did not take long. The road system is very small.

The picnic area and playground was pretty nice and seemed to be popular. I spent several hours walking almost all the trails and birdwatching. The trails were well marked and well groomed, and they took you through several habitats. Some were all wooded, one went to a pond and several jaunts led to the ocean.

The only sub-par aspect of the park was the campground. I did not visit the bathroom to speak to its cleanliness. The grounds were clean. But, the sites were VERY close together, no trees or anything in between to create any level of privacy. I camp regularly, but had opted to stay in a local lodge for this trip. If the sites were either secluded or a tad more spread out so you don't feel like you are group camping with strangers, it would be much better.

Other than the tight space in the campground, I think the facilities here are great. Boat ramp and fishing piers here too.

2 Thank Imzpickle
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Poquoson, Virginia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Simple, Enjoyable Family Friendly Campground. EXCELLENT Stand Up Paddleboarding”
Reviewed August 5, 2011

We were a little cautious about Kiptopeke before we went. It had received from pretty rough reviews. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. The campsites were spacious, although there wasn't any shade. The staff was friendly. The campground, beach, and facilities were clean and well kept. The shower houses had a lot of sand in them, but otherwise were clean. There aren't really any gimmicks, but if you are looking for a place to relax and spend some time together as a family, then I would completely recommend Kiptopeke. Oh, and the water is PERFECT for stand up paddleboarders of any skill level.

Visited August 2011
2 Thank dennisarah
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
251 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“The lodge at Kiptopeke Park is the best state lodge facility!”
Reviewed August 3, 2011

When we visit Kiptopeke State Park, we always stay at the lodge instead of the camp ground; therefore, I can't really comment on the condition and the amenities of the camp site. However, the lodge here is the best of all the lodges in the VA state park system. It is clean, roomy and comfortable. Has a full kitchem facility and towels and bedding is provided; they are not fancy but serviceable. All private rentals on the other hand, you have to pay extra for them. I love this lodge; we've been here on three different occasions and all have been positive experiences. The living room has high vaulted ceiling and lots of windows for open, airy feel of a vacation home. Dining table can easily seat 12 people and the counter top eat-in area can accomodate 4 more people. There are 2 rooms each with 2 bunk beds, 2 rooms each with 2 single beds and 2 rooms each with a full size bed. and three full bath rooms. There is front and back porch and outdoor charcoal grill and a separate fire pit for campfire. There is a gas fireplace for off-season visits. Wood floors throughout. The beach and the fishing pier is walking distance and pets are allowed in the lodge with a small fee. Only thing I miss is having a washer and dryer.
Highly recommended and will visit again soon!

Visited July 2011
5 Thank zanypoet
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Warrenton, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Below Par for a VA State Park”
Reviewed July 21, 2011

We stayed for one night at Kiptopeke on a four day photography trip. The staff was very nice. The bathhouse on the other hand was fairly disgusting. There was toilet paper all over the floors and the showers were dirty. We stayed in a tent site for the night, which was not too bad - fairly spacious. The RV sites on the flip side were so packed together it looked like a camper storage lot. If you are looking for a quick stay, this campground may get by on convenience. On the other hand, if you are looking for a place to bivouac the family for a week, you might want to look elsewhere.

Visited July 2011
4 Thank RichardRuddle
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Bridgeport, West Virginia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“average campground”
Reviewed July 1, 2011

Kiptopeke is an average campground priced at an above average rate. It is geared to large RVs that do not require camping amenities apart from hookups. There is no sink to wash dishes, not even a sink in the laundry room. The bathrooms were dirty even at 9.00am after the staff said they had already been cleaned. Shade on the electric sites is minimal in the afternoon and the tall trees between the beach and campground block any afternoon breezes. Security appeared good - police patrolled campground frequently. Trails and beaches were OK. Swimming beach to the north of pier is good for kids and dogs can be taken on beach south of pier but there are signs saying swimming is not allowed on the south beach. As far as we understand, even campers had to pay to fish from pier. We were very disappointed with the park and moved on a day early.

Visited June 2011
3 Thank Scottydog2011
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