Coastal Regions State Parks



    Chesapeake Bay Region

    Chesapeake Bay = Virginia Lowlands

    Belle Isle State Park

    Located in the rural Northern Neck area, Belle Isle State Park features diverse tidal and nontidal wetlands, lowland marshes, tidal coves and upland forest land. Campsites are accessible by canoe only.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for biking, hiking, horseback
    • Boating
    • Saltwater fishing
    • Rent motorboats and canoes
    Belle Isle State Park Boat Launch

    Caledon State Park

    A National Natural Landmark known for its old growth forest and summer home to one of the largest concentrations of American bald eagles on the East Coast, Caledon State Park attracts bird watchers of all ages. Eagle tours are offered seasonally, and forest trails are open year-round. Primitive paddle-in and hike-in camping by reservation is available.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Wildlife Observation
    • Hiking Trails
    • Picnicking
    Bald Eagle at Caledon Natural Area

    Westmoreland State Park

    Westmoreland State Park in Westmoreland County extends about one and a half miles along the Potomac River, which Horsehead Cliffs overlook. The park was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps created during the Great Depression.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for hiking
    • Swimming Pool
    • Boating - motorboats permitted
    • Saltwater fishing, pier
    • Rent paddleboats, kayaks and paddleboards
    Westmoreland State Park

    Hampton Roads region

    Hampton Roads Region = Oceanside Adventures

    Chippokes Plantation State Park

    Once the site of the few legal distilleries in the Commonwealth, Chippokes Plantation State Park borders the creek named for an Indian Chief who befriended early English settlers. The park is also one of the oldest working farms in the United States.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for biking, hiking, horseback Other
    • Boating
    • Olympic-size and Kiddie Swimming Pools
    • Freshwater fishing
    Wildlife at Chippokes State Park

    False Cape State Park

    In the 1800s, False Cape was known as a "ship's graveyard." One of the area's first communities, Wash Woods, was developed by survivors of a shipwreck! Access to the park is by foot, tram or boat, and primitive camping is available with prior registration. The park is next to Little Island City Park in Virginia Beach.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for biking and hiking
    • Motorboats are permitted on the Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
    False Cape State Park

    First Landing State Park

    First Landing State Park is the state's most popular park! In 1607, 100 English settlers landed there and established the first elective government before moving on up to James River to establish Jamestown.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for biking and hiking
    • Fishing
    • Swimming in the Chesapeake Bay
    • Rent kayaks
    Beach at First Landing State Park

    York River State Park

    York River State Park was once Taskinas Plantation and the site of a 17th-century public tobacco warehouse where local planters stored their crops before being shipped. The York River runs long its border.

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for biking, hiking, horseback
    • Fishing - both freshwater and saltwater
    • Motorboats are allowed on the river
    • Rent rowboats, paddlesboats, canoes
    York River State Park pier

    Eastern shore

    Eastern Shore Region = Birders' Paradise

    Kiptopeke State Park

    Kiptopeke State Park is a prime spot to watch bird migrations and was named in honor of the young king of the Accawmack Indians who befriended early settlers. Its name means "Big Water."

    Outdoor adventures include:

    • Trails for biking and hiking
    • Saltwater fishing from a boat or pier
    • Swimming - Beach on the Chesapeake Bay
    Moonlight over the beach at Kiptopeke State Park

    Images Courtesy of Virginia State Parks

    For more information on wildlife management areas and natural preserves, please visit the Department of Conservation & Recreation!

Last Updated: 10/21/2015 10:44 AM
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