Link: Terrain360 Appomattox River (Interactive video)
Link: Appomattox River Interpretive Guide (Map and Descriptions)
PUBLIC PARKS along the Appomattox River and Trail including water access:
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• Hopewell City Park, 205 Appomattox Street, Hopewell 23680 – Water access; Sandy beach for swimming and launching kayak; Play equipment; Sidewalk Trail to City Point, 1 mi.
• Hopewell City Marina, 1051 Riverside Ave. Hopewell 23860 – Water/ADA accessible kayak launch; Boat ramp (paved) for motorized water craft.
• R. Garland Dodd Park At Point Of Rocks, 201 Enon Church Road, Chester, VA 23836 – Trails, including a boardwalk through the freshwater tidal marsh of Ashton Creek; Picnic shelters, Play equipment; Tennis and basketball courts; Fields for football, soccer and baseball; No boat/kayak water access.
• Appomattox River Regional Park, 800 FOLAR Trail, Prince George, VA 23860 – Trails, 3.37 miles; Fishing Pier; Water access; Kayak launch structure; Pavilion; Picnic Shelter; Restrooms.
• Roslyn Landing Park, 265 Charles Dimmock Pkwy, Colonial Heights 23834 – Trail, 3.1 mi; Picnic Shelter; Water access; Boat ramp (paved) for non motorized water craft.
• Appamatuck Park, 151 Archer Avenue, Colonial Heights 23834 – Bank fishing and natural shoreline (short carry for canoe/kayak). The park takes its name and spelling from Captain John Smith’s 1612 map of Virginia. The spot is marked on the 1612 map with a Maltese cross (one of 24 in 3 states). In 2016, the Chesapeake Conservancy placed a John Smith Trail Cross Marker at the park, making it one of only 8 placed so far.
• White Bank Park, 400 White Bank Road, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 – 22 acres overlooking Swift Creek. Boat ramp (paved), Fishing pier; Restrooms; Pavilion.
• Fort Clifton Park, 100 Brockwell Lane, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 – Fishing pier, Trails, Restrooms. No water craft access
• Pocahontas Island Park, Rolfe St., Petersburg, VA – Trail, .5 mi.; Water access; Kayak launch area (gravel); Natural shoreline; No ramp structure.
• Patton Park-Campbell’s Bridge, University Ave., Petersburg 23806 (Old Fleet St.) – Trail (West), .3 mi.; Water access; Natural shoreline; No water craft access.
To paddle from Radcliffe Conservation Area to Patton Park – You have to portage at the old abutment dam, the bank there is a little steep. You carry about 100 yards to put back in. There are numerous rocks & islands & depending on which way you go and the river level you may have to portage several more times for short distances. As the level gets up you several class III rapids and just portage at the dams. There is a second dam at Battersea you need to portage, the banks are steep but I have not taken out there. There is a sign at Appomattox Riverside Park, Ferndale which has a list of the rapids that is very helpful. When the level on this (USGS water level) gauge is over 12 ft. you can run it to the dams.
• Chesterfield Ettrick/VSU Trail, 21701 Jackson Street, Petersburg, VA 23803 – Trail, .35 mi. No water access.
• Ferndale Appomattox Riverside Park, Ferndale Rd., Dinwiddie 23805 – Canal Trail, 3 mi; Play equipment; Water access and trail; Canal kayak launch area (gravel), natural shoreline.
• John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area and Appomattox Canoe Launch, 21501 Chesdin Rd.,
South Chesterfield, VA 23803. Trails; Water access; Boat ramp (paved); Picnic area.
• Brasfield Dam to Appomattox Riverside Park, Ferndale – This is a great section of the river … If you are looking for whitewater, the area from the dam to Petersburg has class 2-3 when the water level (USGS water level) gets to around 12 ft. There is a good interpretive sign about the rapids at Ferndale park # 2 on the Interpretive map.