Park of the Month: Kiptopeke State Park
Things to Do
Located just a few miles north of the Kiptopeke State Park is a great headquarters for an eastern shore adventure. Exploring the eastern shore is an adventure in, and of, itself.
The six-bedroom lodges are perfect for extended-family trips or family reunions.
With activities to appeal to everyone in the family–from agricultural outings to antiquing and from wild horse watching to bird watching–the Eastern Shore is a great place for a family vacation!
With a full-service campground, six-bedroom lodges, tent camping area, and a yurt (part cabin/part tent), Kiptopeke State Park has alot of choices for overnight accommodations to fit any budget.If you're staying for the day, a long weekend, or a whole week, there is plenty to do and see in, and around, the park.
The yurt is part tent/partcabin and is a truly unique place to stay.
It's for the Birds
Whether you're a novice birder or someone trying to check an elusive species off your life list, the Eastern Shore is a birder's paradise. Nestled along the Atlantic Migratory Flyway, spring and fall migrations mean flocks andflocks of birds passing through. Kiptopeke State Park has four miles of hiking trails, several overlooks,and two photo blinds that are perfect for birding.
The south beach is a great place to get photos of water birds like this pelican.
The Kiptopeke State Parkalso has incredible trails, marshlands, and shorelinethat are great for birding.
The Eastern Shore Loop of the Birding and Wildlife Trail mapped out with a variety of waypoints for great birding adventures.
Mark your calendar for the October 10-12, 2014 Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival!
The Simple Life
Farming, family and friends seem to the central tenet of bygone eras on the Eastern Shore.
You can get a glimpse of what life was like in colonial, civil war times, and during World War II by visiting the Cape Charles Museum. Both locations boast an incredible array of displays and photographs from years past.
This old farm buildinglocated in Kiptopeke State Park was probably used to store produce or tobacco.
Up and down Route 13, you'll find roadside produce stands and "pick-your-own" farms so you can stock up on some fresh veggies, fruit, and seafood for a grand feast over your campfire.
Be sure the check out the four large signs on the beach bathhouse at Kiptopeke State Park. These four signs talk about the life and history of the Eastern Shore and the park. It is a great way to get a feel for what Eastern Shorelife was like at the turn of the century.
One of the biggest draws to the Eastern Shore is a visit to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Located about 60 miles north of Kiptopeke State Park,Chincoteague is the placeto see thewild ponies made famous by the children's book, Misty.
While horseback riding is not permitted at Trail Ride Cape Charles website that features information about Pfeiffer Stables and their guided horseback riding tours.