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False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach

False Cape State Park

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Explore a Different Side to Virginia Beach at False Cape State Park

When you think about spending the day outdoors in Virginia Beach, your mind immediately goes to the sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. Along with the beach, there are several other ways to have some fun in the great outdoors. Among the many things to do in Virginia Beach, a must-do is spending a day at False Cape State Park.

About False Cape State Park

Tucked between the Atlantic Ocean near Sandbridge Beach and the Back Bay, False Cape State Park is one of the few remaining undeveloped areas on the Atlantic Coast. The nearly 4,000-acre park offers outdoor adventurers plenty of opportunities for scenic fun and relaxation in a primitive setting extending to the North Carolina state line.

Things to Do at False Cape State Park

False Cape State Park is home to kayaking excursions, camping, hiking and biking trails, miles of beach and so much more.


False Cape State Park has a total of 15.3 miles of trails for hiking, biking and taking self-guided and guided tours. 

False Cape State Park

Fishing and Boating

Freshwater and saltwater fishing are permitted at False Cape State Park with a valid Virginia fishing license. Boats and motorboats are also permitted.


False Cape State Park offers guided programs with the park’s knowledgeable staff members. Browse the online schedule for interpretive programs, guided kayak tours, outdoor education programs, along with school and group programs. There’s even more to see and do at the park’s environmental education center.


False Cape State Park offers primitive camping year-round. There are no cabins on site. The park’s four, tents-only primitive campgrounds allow up to six people per site. Those interested in camping at False Cape State Park should reserve their campsite in advance.

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False Cape State Park is open year-round from dusk to dawn. 

Getting to False Cape State Park

False Cape State Park does not allow public vehicle access. The park is accessible by foot, bicycle, beach transport, tram or boat. The park operates a tram that leaves from the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Sandpiper Road. This tram travels through the refuge and gives visitors a chance to see the park’s historic site.