False Cape State Park: A Guide to Explore the Raw Nature of Virginia

Jan 13, 2021 10:45 PM

False Cape State Park - Photo by Virginia State Parks from Flickr

Tripboba.com - False Cape State Park is a state park located in Virginia, United States. The 4.321-acre state park was established in 1966. In the 1800s, False Cape was known as a ship graveyard and the state park received its name because of its land similarities with Cape Henry, a cape on the Atlantic shore, approximately in the northeast corner of Virginia Beach.

False Cape State Park doesn’t allow vehicles to enter the area of the state park, and one of the ways that you can access the park is by a tram at Little Island City Park. The tram ride will take you through the wildlife refuge and you will also be given one hour to explore the area of Barbour Hill contact station.

In addition to the tram, you can also access False Cape State Park by using the Terra Gator, a vehicle that is specially designed to access the state park area.

False Cape State Park Virginia

Photo by Virginia State Parks from Flickr

False Cape State Park also offers other outdoor activities that are no less exciting, such as primitive camping, boating, hiking, kayaking, and biking. Also, make sure to stop by Wash Woods Environmental Center where you can learn about ecological studies. The environmental center also features a library, AV equipment and lab, meeting room, and showers. 

False Cape also has a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs to bring home, camping supplies, T-shirts, ice cream, and cold drinks that can quench your thirst after an exciting day exploring the park. In this article, Tripboba will share other things that you need to know about False Cape State Park. Keep reading and find useful information before visiting False Cape State Park.

False Cape State Park Hours

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You can visit False Cape State Park from 08:00 a.m to 07:00 p.m. The state park is open every day, but since there is no access for vehicles to enter the park, you can access the park through walking, biking, or paddling.

You can also get more detailed information at the False Cape State Park visitor center that opens from 09:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.

False Cape State Park Hiking

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False Cape State Park has five trails with a total length of 7.5 miles. One of the trails is the Barbour Hill self-guided interpretive trail. The trails at False Cape State Park are not only for hiking, but visitors can also use them for biking. While exploring the trials, you will also be presented with the view of the surrounding nature which includes the beach, forest, dune, swamps, and marshes. 

False Cape State Park Camping

Photo by False Cape State Park on Google Maps

Camping is one of the exciting outdoor activities that you can do at False Cape State Park. The state park provides four different campsites located within the state park, namely Barbour Hill Bay, False Cape Landing Bay, Barbour Hill Ocean, and False Cape Landing Ocean.

Camping at False Cape State Park is allowed all year-round, but you need to reserve a spot first in order for you to be able to enjoy camping at the state park. You can reserve a spot by phone at 1-800-933-7275.

Photo by Virginia State Parks from Flickr

The kind of camping that is allowed at False Cape State Park is tent-only primitive camping, which means there are no electric hookups located at the campsites. But, there is drinking water available in the Barbour Hill area, so make sure to bring your own water container to the campsite. In addition, there are several pit toilets and boat docks at Barbour Hill and False Cape Landing that visitors can use.

There are also several rules that you must obey if you plan to enjoy camping at False Cape State Park. Below are some of the rules that campers must obey, such as:

  • Don’t reserve a spot the same day as when you’re going camping.
  • Campers must park their vehicle at Little Island City Park.
  • Campers must receive and bring a confirmation letter and put the copies of the confirmation letter on their vehicle and the site marker.
  • Bring insect repellent, especially during the summer days.
  • Barbour Hill Bay, False Cape Ocean, and Barbour Hill Ocean campsites only permit up to four people per site.
  • False Cape Bay Side only permits up to six people per site.
  • Leave no trash.


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