Kiptopeke State Park and Chesapeake Bay Bridge

The last couple of campgrounds have been pretty great, but Kiptopeke State Park was in a whole other category.  Yes, it is expensive at $50 a night, and in season I am sure it is crowded, but off season it was absolutely lovely, and our site was really great.  Best of all it was a very short walk to the “beach” area and several boardwalks and I was able during work breaks to take short walks with the dog that were absolutely lovely.  We also got a beautiful sunset every night which was very special. 

Our site

 

Short walk to the amphitheater

 

With a great view of the beach

 

Unfortunately half of the beach dogs weren’t allowed

 

But we still could go on the boardwalk

 

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View to the right

 

View of the massive fishing pier and boat launch to the left

 

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View looking back shows it is a long boardwalk

 

The campground was huge with sections for Yurts and tent camping.  Because it was chilly few people were in those areas, but they were nice to walk. 

 

The yurts were huge

 

tent area

 

And a couple of nice cabins as well.

 

It was also a short walk down to the large parking lot and the pier

 

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The pier was huge

 



I loved the left side of the bay

 

And so did Jack

 

We saw lots of pelicans, seabirds and even dolphins in the bay!

 

And another beautiful boardwalk

 

 

 

And as I said the sunsets were amazing

 

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These boats were filled with concrete and served as a water breaker

 

The birds were amazing

 

The only downside of staying here is in order to get across the bay to Norfolk, Virginia Beach etc you have to take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  This bridge is pretty expensive, costing $14 in off season with EZ Pass, and we crossed it numerous times during our week long stay.  We also had several incidents when we crossed it from construction delays one day to a super long delay due to high winds on another.  They forced us to remove anything that wasn’t bolted down in our truck (ratchet straps were not permitted) and have a “wind” van take those items across.  This led to a delay of over an hour one night and that was when we had Costco groceries in the truck.  It was cool to cross one time though and if you are lucky you will see a big tanker closeup when traveling, but the cost and inconvenience made me rethink the wisdom of staying at this state park as a jumping off point to see the area. 

Here are some pictures of the bridge from our many trips. 

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We saw a tanker pretty close

 

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Our last day we crossed with the RV and it certainly fit but it was tight in a couple of places.  I wouldn’t have wanted to drive it but Lee did a great job.  What was more concerning was the idea that if the winds were high on our departure day we would have had to completely re-route.  Like I said I liked the park, but it would probably have been easier to find something across the bridge.  

Next up our visit to Jamestown!

 


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2 thoughts on “Kiptopeke State Park and Chesapeake Bay Bridge

  1. Beautiful location

    On Tue, Dec 15, 2020 at 6:15 AM Camper Chronicles wrote:

    > Lee and Tracy posted: “The last couple of campgrounds have been pretty > great, but Kiptopeke State Park was in a whole other category. Yes, it is > expensive at $50 a night, and in season I am sure it is crowded, but off > season it was absolutely lovely, and our site was really gr” >

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