by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)
© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Good hike, better on bike
I live about a mile from Back Bay so I have biked many times through Back Bay and False Cape. Always lots of animals like snakes, turtles, deer, nutria, and in the early mornings or evenings its possible to see wild pigs, foxes, and bob cats. There are many must see places in False Cape like Wash Woods cemetery which has graves dating back to late 1800s and a church steeple, abandoned cars and junk piles from the early-mid 1900s, a monument along the NC/VA line, and even a ship wreck about 1/2 mile north of NC border that can be seen at low tide. Trails become more difficult for the last 3 miles before the NC border but this final stretch is where all the cool sights are.
I have been going to False Cape and Back bay for a long time now 20 plus years. Besides the man eating flies and the killer mosquitoes this place is full of wild life. I go year rounds and wildlife is always present. From whitetail to water snakes to racers to boar there is all sorts of game. The birds are awesome. Water is a premium and it is best to pack extra. There is a new Check in station about .8 miles past the entrance to False Cape. There is drink water there but once you pass that there is not really any place to get water until Carova.
Really great mix of both beach and park. Need to go early in the season because of the biting flies. They were a small nuisance but really not bad yet.
Bring plenty of water. Water is available at the Contact Station. However, avoid days with a West wind because that brings out the flies. Otherwise, this is the greatest park in Virginia!
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