Gloucester Blueways Water Trails is the culmination of efforts from several organizations and individuals.
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Gloucester Blueways is a system of water trails spanning Gloucester County, VA. The trails are particularly suited for small hand-powered craft such as canoes and kayaks.
Gloucester County is located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay and offers more than 506 miles of shoreline. There are five tidal rivers, dozens of navigable creeks and a lake formed by a man-made impoundment, offering a scenic network of water and land trails to explore. Used by the area's native inhabitants for generations, Gloucester's waterways were explored extensively by Captain John Smith's shallop in the early 1600's.
Please note that boating, canoeing, kayaking and other activities on rivers and bays can be dangerous. Obtain a water trail map and guide in advance, plan your trip and follow all safety precautions. Fees: some Gloucester Blueways Water Trail access point have fees
Beaverdam's freshwater lake environment is home to diverse birdlife including Canada geese, swans, domestic geese and ducks, mallards, white-eyed vireos, turkeys (onshore), red-tailed hawks and kingfishers. Painted turtles are frequently spotted sunning themselves and keen-eyed paddlers can spot black rat snakes, black racers and the occasional copperhead when looking onshore. Beaverdam is an excellent freshwater angling spot, with fishing tournament winners hooking bluegill, channel catfish, read ear sunfish, black crappie and large-mouth bass.
Beaverdam Park has boat launches at each park entrance 8687 Roaring Springs Road and 9537 Fary's Mill Road (for annual pass holders only). The Roaring Springs Road entrance to the park has an accessible launch. (photo below) Launch fees are $30 for unlimited use for the calendar year or $3 per launch, payable at the Roaring Springs Road entrance only.
CROWN POINTE MARINA, located on the Perrin River off of the York River. 804-642-6177
Blueways launch information will be posted once it is finalized.
John's Point is a lovely tidal marsh location with common waterfowl including diving ducks, bufflehead (in spring), horned grebe (in winter) and loons. Great egrets, ospreys, bald eagles, great blue herons and kingfishers can also be seen here. Diamond back terrapins are common in the area and fiddler crabs and fossils can be observed in the sandy beach sites along the shore. Paddling East towards Caucus Bay, you'll find increasingly dense mats of SAV, with coverage as high as 70-100% in front of Land's End and continuing to Turtle Neck Point. Anglers can seek speckled trout in the late summer through fall and croaker, spot an red drum throughout summer.
The John's Point Blueway Trail is 8.8 miles along the Severn River toward the Mobjack Bay and back.
Launch on the beautiful Severn River. Fees apply, details will be posted as soon as finalized. Visit Website.
Kayaking tours in local waters. Visit Website
Gloucester Virginia Waterways