Located on Virginia's picturesque Eastern Shore, Kiptopeke State Park offers a popular campground as well as the opportunity to indulge in a wide range of recreational activities. Best of all, the park is pet-friendly, so you can enjoy a family camping getaway with your canine companion.
For many visitors, the park's recreational access to the Chesapeake Bay is its biggest draw. There are two unguarded swimming beaches to choose from, providing a great spot to take a refreshing dip in the summer months. The northern swim beach is almost half a mile long and open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but pets are not allowed there. However, pets on a leash no longer than six feet are welcome to join you at the south beach.
The park is also popular with anglers, who can fish from the shore or head out on a boat, while kayaks and paddleboards can be rented from the camp store. For those who want to explore on foot, there are more than five miles of hiking and bicycle trails on offer.
If you're staying the night, Kiptopeke State Park offers camping, family lodges, two- and three-bedroom cabins, and a camping lodge (bunkhouse). Pets are welcome in the campground, including in the cabins and lodges, but they must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. However, pets are not permitted in the park's yurt.
A park entry fee of $5 applies, while camping fees vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose. And if you're staying in a cabin, lodge or bunkhouse with your furry friend, a $10 nightly fee applies per pet.
Finally, make sure you abide by all rules and regulations surrounding pets. These include making sure your pet is always leashed, that you stay in those areas designated pet-friendly, and that you always dispose of your dog's waste.
Kiptopeke State Park is a pretty park in a great location, so make sure you do your bit to ensure that it stays pet-friendly.