Situated directly between the Atlantic Ocean and the local Back Bay, False Cape State Park exists, and one of the few standing natural areas left along this beautiful stretch of oceanic coastline. One home to several Native American tribes and later a full Coastguard station, False Cape was built around those who wished to make the sea their lives and livelihoods.
Getting out on the water is a must at False Cape State Park, with guided kayak tours being offered in Back Bay whenever the weather permits. Boating is also a regular past time on the Atlantic Ocean as well as Back Bay. Both of these require permits before your craft can hit the water, so make sure to pick one up at the False Cape State Park's central office.
If you would like to bring your dog along for the experience, they are welcome to accompany you on whatever watercraft you have brought along, although Virginia has recently begun enforcing a "doggie lifevest" rule. Kayaks are available for rental as part of the regular tours as well, for a small additional fee. No designated swimming areas exist, and individuals take a dip at their own risk.
Hiking is quite the experience here, as many experienced hikers enter False Cape State Park through the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and sprawling 21,000-acre landscape that is only accessible by foot or via a tram service that runs during the day. Once in the park, there are 15.3 miles of oceanfront trails to hike along, some of which have primitive campsites adjacent to them.
Canines are welcome on these trails, provided they stay on their leashes throughout the duration. It is also wise to remember that it is your responsibility to clean up any rubbish your canine might leave on the beach. Two miles of cycling trails exist as well, although these are undeveloped. Canines are strictly forbidden from these routes, as are individuals on foot.