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False Cape State Park

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Address: 4001 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
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+1 757-426-7128

Limited to hiking, biking and boating, this state park is formed by a...

Limited to hiking, biking and boating, this state park is formed by a mile-wide barrier spit between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Ecotourism destination

Hike, bike, kayak, paddleboard, whatever motivates you to connect with nature you can find it here ( including snakes, so be alert!). The visitor center and the shorter, nearby... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2015
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2015

Hike, bike, kayak, paddleboard, whatever motivates you to connect with nature you can find it here ( including snakes, so be alert!). The visitor center and the shorter, nearby trails are great, but if you have the time, sunscreen and interest, a visit to the abandoned community at the edge of Virginia is unique and intriguing. There was an actual... More 

1 Thank SenecaBob
Richmond, va
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246 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015 via mobile

It was public lands day and it was raining so we decided to go check out the park. The lady at the gate said she didn't know it was public lands day when we told her, so our parking fee was waived. It was pouring so we didn't get to do much exploring, but it was even beautiful in the... More 

1 Thank techgmu
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43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015

Started to just be a bike ride around Back Bay refuge. As we went down the road to false cape, we just kept going. Before long we made it to the welcome center at the state park. Surprised with the welcome center and selection of drinks and food. Varied assortment of souvenirs and camping goods. Hard trek to the beach... More 

2 Thank Aegir
McLean, Virginia
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19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2015

I've always wanted to visit False Cape State Park, ever since as a little kid I first learned there was a park at the beach that you couldn't drive to. You can only reserve campsites over the phone which takes a while, but if you persevere and book far enough in advance you can snag one of the six oceanfront... More 

5 Thank adrianmole133/4
Richmond, Virginia
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30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2015 via mobile

Had fun biking to the southernmost point of False Cape. Bring lots of water and wear lots of sunscreen as there's little to no shade on the trail. But it is beautiful and serene. I'll visit again in the fall.

Thank BFly823
Hampton, Virginia
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258 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2015

This is a beautiful and remote park. The dad gum feds cut it off from Virginia so you either hike an extra 5 miles just to get to it, take the shuttle, or go around through North Carolina. What a way to get to a Virginia park. The rangers are great and the park offers some limited facilities.

3 Thank Oranutan1
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2015

Perfect place for the ecotourist. kayak, motorboat or bike to this quiet, pristine beach but don't look for any comforts of home. Rustic camping, pack it in, pack it out and a pit toilet. It's our favorite place to go!! Bring bug spray in case the wind is blowing from the west, the biting flies will munch on you at... More 

2 Thank stardust442015
Sewell, New Jersey
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18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

We started at Backbay Nature Reserve and rode through to False Cape, total round trip ride was about 16. You can do a shorter or longer ride. Both parks have nice welcome centers, False Cape was closed but the bathrooms were open, and very clean. A word to the wise, there are cotton head snakes on the trails, beware because... More 

4 Thank LittleLinda99
Stafford, Virginia
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2015

Enjoyed a nice bike ride for over 10 miles of roads and sandy beach. We enjoyed mother nature, deer, wild pigs, snakes, ospray, snowy egret, sea rays, dolphins and watched a turtle dig a hole with its back legs and lay it eggs. Awesome or what

1 Thank George G
Rice, Virginia
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2015

If you experience a day of clouds and wind at the beach - try visiting this park and natural area - lots of wildlife to see and trails to hike. Make sure its a nice breezy day in summer months OR bring along the insect repellent. Clouds helps to keep you cool for an extended walk. If you cannot walk... More 

1 Thank DB643_13

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