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“A beautiful park in an ideal setting!”

Kiptopeke State Park
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Owner description: One of the best spots for bird-watching.
Reviewed March 24, 2014

I was blown away by Kiptopeke State Park, it was a fantastic park.

To give a little background, I read the reviews here and was hesitant but decided I would give the park the reasonable doubt thing and check it out first hand. We all know there are people who are miserable wherever they go, so I won't listen to those squeaky wheels, so we packed up the pooch and went to Kiptopeke.

One thing to keep in mind, this park is incredible, but it is a smaller state park. This meant it was the perfect size for our family to explore and enjoy!

We went in spring, stayed three nights.
There was no extreme heat or humidity, no bugs or any of that to deal with. I recommend an early Spring visit to the park, you get to walk on the beach and enjoy the lack of crowds.

Off season is the best season to visit a Virginia State Park in my opinion.

Bring a bike!
If you have never been to the Eastern Shore the whole place is set up with bicycling in mind. Even in the park there are bike only lanes, so you can ride freely and enjoy the scenery.

Bring the dog!
There are no pet fees in the campgrounds starting in 2014, there is a beach that is dog friendly, so your best friend can run in the sand and chase sticks and have a blast with the family!

Bring your camera!
There are migratory birds, and waterfowl everywhere. Get up early and catch them while the waters are still calm but they are all in a raucous! Just on the other side of the highway is the Wildlife Refuge (which opens 1/2 hr before sunrise) you can go there to catch the sunrise on the water, and back at Kiptopeke you can catch the sunset on the water. You will also enjoy some photo-ops with the family on the beach.

Fishing is seasonal
Which every fisherman knows. So for those who don't like the :fishy smell of fish being filleted on the fishing pier" then Spring time is probably good for you.

Borrown a GPS
The park office will have them to borrow to enjoy some geocaching. We were a bit early for the 2014 list of caches from the state parks, but we still enjoyed finding the last year's set of caches.

Campfires are great!
Colder nights make this the perfect time to camp. Warm days and cooler nights make me a happy camper!

Lodges are available
If you have a larger group, the lodges are spectacular. Private, spacious and come completely equipped with everything you need.

I would go back in a heart beat, there is a ton to see and do in the area outside of the park, like horseback riding for our daughters.

7  Thank Shellie L
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

Close beach access. Separate area for tent camping (which is good because the rv sites are just in a field row). Lodges available. Boat launch.

1  Thank 112PCS112
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

Lots of places to walk and check out the birds and other critters that hang out in the woods. Nice beach, fishing pier, butterfly garden, and the concrete ships that form the breakwater made for an interesting visit We were there while the rangers were banding birds that were captured in the nets.

Nice stop.

1  Thank GreatLoopLoopers
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

A wonderful, quiet way to enjoy the beach and the coastal forests. Lots of easy walks and no crowds (in October). Loads of birds in the fall.

Thank Vikingtraveller59
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Stayed there a month very good park! Very nice trails and biking, fishing, beach. Easy to get to everything locally?

Thank dodeb1153
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