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Hunting False Cape State Park

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October 28, 2012 8:40am

If you’ve never been to False Cape State Park in the far southeastern corner of the state, you’re missing out on one of the truly rare scenic games, not just in Virginia, but on the whole east coast. I’ve written about the place in my T-D columns before. The park is 4,000 acres of pristine barrier spit: beach, dunes, marshes, pine and live oak forests. It’s truly beautiful and mostly wild. To the north of False Cape is the 6,000-acre Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, full of very similar habitat.

Feral hogs live here, believe it or not.

The park is a great place to camp. The one time I did, we were the only people in the whole place. It’s other claim to fame is that its the only place in Virginia with managed feral hog hunts. I took part in one on Friday and wrote about it for my column in today’s Times-Dispatch.

And whether you’re a hunter or not, get yourself down to False Cape SP. There just aren’t many places on the East Coast where you can stand on the beach, turn 360 degrees and sign no signs of human impact. You can do that there.


About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?


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