Visitors to Virginia’s Kiptopeke State Park, at the southern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, have long enjoyed its outdoor facilities. These include the delightful beach as well as the boat ramp, campsites, cabins, fishing pier, and hiking trails. Now, there is an indoor addition that helps explain what you might encounter in the water or along the trails.
Kiptopeke means “Big Water” in the native Accawmacke language. And that is the name of the just- opened visitor center. The Big Water Visitor Center contains educational displays that document the park’s human history, as well as its ecosystems. There is a small salt-water aquarium that will reveal what lies beneath the waves in the Chesapeake Bay, just down the hill.
According to Sean Dixon, the Superintendent at Kiptopeke, “The Big Water Visitor Center has been in the works for a long time. Through a combination of state funding and donations, the center is finally open.”