Experience the intrigue of a destination that is remote and difficult to reach, as you spend three days exploring the only state park in Virginia that has no public vehicular access. Our route into False Cape State Park will take you kayaking along the protected shoreline of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The ‘highway’ will be lined with bayside islands, coastal marshes, maritime forests, and numerous migratory birds and waterfowl that call the bay home. Once you have arrived at your destination on this thin stretch of barrier spit coastline, the group will have the option to sleep amongst the protected mangrove trees and dunes, or exposed under the stars on an untouched shoreline of the atlantic ocean. You will spend the next day exploring this diverse environment by foot, where you will discover everything from coastal wetlands and forests, to undisturbed sand dunes and pristine beaches. Another night falling asleep to the lull of crashing ocean waves, audible from either camp location, will leave you renewed and refreshed for the peaceful paddle back through the bay in the morning. As you approach the small stretch of beach where we will take out our kayaks and return to our vehicles, it will suddenly hit you…Sometimes, the hardest places to reach are the very ones worth the effort.
- 11 miles of coastal kayaking through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park
- Dinners/Breakfasts provided, prepared, and served by your guide
- Full day of hiking & exploring through False Cape State Park
- Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean
- View remnants of a small, coastal community believed to have been founded by shipwrecked survivors in the 17th century
- Sunrise, beachfront yoga session (optional & beginner friendly, mats will be provided)
- Quality camping equipment such as a tent, footprint, sleeping pad, and cooking equipment*
- Performance touring kayak, PFD, and paddle (if selecting the bring your own option, you will need to provide these)
- Major meal planning and preparation handled for you (HUGE time & cost savings)
- Delicious backcountry breakfasts and dinners (beginning Fri. evening through Sun. morning)
- Experienced guide with insider tips on cool places to explore while on land, also carrying comprehensive first-aid kit, certified in CPR & as a wilderness first responder
- Experienced sea-kayaking instructor to help lead your time on the water, and grow your paddling skills
- All park camping fees and permits
- Comprehensive gear checklist to help you prepare for the adventure
Reminder: If you would like to join this adventure, but the above dates do not work for you, your group of 3, or more, can always contact us directly. We will be more than happy to work with you in scheduling a custom trip date that better suits your schedule.
*Please note: For sanitary reasons, we do not provide or rent sleeping bags for our trip participants. You will need to bring a sleeping bag rated for 40°F or below
Requirements For Bringing Your Own Kayak
Any paddler who wishes to bring their own kayak must make sure that their kayak is suitable for touring style trips. While Back Bay typically contains calm waters, it is not considered a flat water paddle. It is a large body of water where wind speed and direction can drastically change paddling conditions, and so it is imperative that you are in a boat capable of handling these changes (i.e. sea/touring style kayaks, as opposed to recreational/sit-on-tops). Your boat will need to be 12′ or longer in length, provide an enclosed cockpit (we also recommend a spray skirt for touring trips), and be capable of storing overnight gear via dedicated storage hatches or among open space in the bow/stern of the boat. It is always a good idea to practice packing your boat BEFORE arriving at the put-in if you have not taken an overnight trip with it before. If you have any additional questions regarding kayak packing, or are uncertain as to whether your boat is capable of making the trip, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.