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Where Nature and History Meet

Kiptopeke State Park

About Kiptopeke State Park - Where Nature and History Meet

On Virginia's beautiful Eastern Shore, explored by Capt. John Smith in 1608, Kiptopeke offers recreational access to the Chesapeake Bay. It's also a great place to explore unique migratory bird habitat along the Atlantic flyway. The park has six-bedroom lodges, RV and tent camping, a yurt (part cabin-part tent), camping trailers and a bunkhouse. Guests also enjoy the park's boat ramp, lighted fishing pier, picnic areas, 5.1 miles of hiking and biking trails, playground, beach bathhouse and swimming beach. Seasonal interpretive and educational programs focus on natural history, birding and bay ecology.

With its iconic World War II concrete boats along the shoreline, Kiptopeke is also an interesting historic sight. They stand in two rows in the Chesapeake Bay off Kiptopeke State Park on the Eastern Shore. They are ships made of concrete, used to transport military supplies during World War II. Since they were deliberately sunk in the late 1940s, the nine concrete World War II merchant ships have acted as a breakwater protecting the pier and beaches of Kiptopeke State Park on the Eastern Shore.

Source: Dcr.virginia.gov, Pilotonline.com

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Enjoy the Osprey Broadwalk

A sense of tranquility pervades from the green coastal forest and endless water views. The broadwalk ends up with a view of the Kiptopeke concrete boats along the shoreline.