In the 1800s, False Cape gained a reputation as a shipping graveyard. The area got its name because its land mass resembled Cape Henry, luring boats into shallow waters. One of the area's first communities, Wash Woods, was developed by survivors of such a shipwreck. The village's church and other structures were built using cypress wood that washed ashore from the wreck. From the turn of the century until the 1960s, False Cape was a haven for a number of prestigious hunt clubs, which took advantage of the area's abundant waterfowl. The park's Wash Woods Environmental Education Center is a converted hunt clubhouse. A 1966 study of Virginia's outdoor recreation resources recommended that a substantial ocean beachfront be made available for public use on the Atlantic Ocean south of Virginia Beach. The development of the park began with the purchase of approximately 4,300 acres of land.

I both worked and visited False cape very frequently in the past. Everything about False Cape is incredible, lots of bugs in the summer but definitely worth it. Great fishing in the designated fishing areas and the primitive camping is hard to beat (with a permit). Check it out!

The West trail was closed when I went, so I kept to the East. Very beautiful scenery. The trail is flat so it's easy to walk. But there's very little shade, so bring lots of water to hydrate.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Easy flat dirt road with interesting scenery. I made the mistake of walking the east dike south only to find out the west dike was closed off, but no worries. Great for observing wildlife

mountain biking
4 months ago

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Monday, February 06, 2017

hiking
Tuesday, February 25, 2014