False Cape State Park is a state park in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It lies on the Currituck Banks Peninsula which is a mile-wide barrier spit between the Back Bay of the Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean on Virginia's Outer Banks. The park adjoins the state border with North Carolina and lies shortly north of Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge. At the south end of the park is a monument with "Va." on one side and "N Ca" on the other.
Although it reads "A.D. 1728" on the top, it was more likely erected in 1887 when the boundary was surveyed again, since the original marker was a simple cedar post. "A.D. 1728" refers to the year in which the current boundary was first surveyed. Park access is through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and is limited to hiking, bicycling or boating. The park also offers tram and beach crawler (known as the Terra Gator) transportation for day visitors during certain seasons. The park features primitive camping and an extensive environmental education program.
The park was named for False Cape, which lies within the park. False Cape earned its name due to its resemblance to Cape Henry when seen from the ocean. This false impression lured ships and boats looking for the real Cape Henry (about 20 miles (30 km) to the north at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay) into the shallow waters, where they could more readily run aground. Because of the high number of shipwrecks here and all along the Outer Banks, it earned the nickname "Graveyard of the Atlantic".