Access Points

Link: Terrain360 Appomattox River


Link: Appomattox River Interpretive Guide 

City Park, Hopewell


PUBLIC PARKS along the Appomattox River Trail including water access:


Hopewell City Park, 205 Appomattox Street, Hopewell 23680 – Water access; Sandy beach

Hopewell City Marina, 1051 Riverside Ave. Hopewell 23860 – Water/ADA accessible kayak launch; Boat ramp

•  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. Amenities include picnic shelters, play equipment, tennis and basketball courts and fields for football, soccer and baseball and dirt and gravel trails for hiking and biking. No boat water access

Appomattox Regional Park

Appomattox River Regional Park, 800 FOLAR Trail, Prince George, VA 23860 – Water access; Kayak launch

Roslyn Landing Park, 265 Charles Dimmock Pkwy, Colonial Heights 23834 – Water access; Boat ramp

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 – Boat ramp, fishing pier, restrooms, etc.

Located on the tidal section of Swift Creek which flows into the Appomattox River

Fort Clifton Park, 100 Brockwell Lane, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 – Fishing pier, trails, restrooms. No ramp

Roslyn Landing Park, Colonial Heights


• Pocahontas Island Park, Rolfe St., Petersburg, VA – Water access; Natural shoreline; No ramp

Patton Park-Campbell’s Bridge, University Ave., Petersburg 23806 (Old Fleet St.) -Water access; Natural shoreline

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. –Words of experience from Chris R. FOLAR member. March 2017

Chesterfield Ettrick/VSU Trail, 21701 Jackson Street, Petersburg, VA 23803 – NO water access – NEW

Ferndale Appomattox Riverside Park, Ferndale Rd., Dinwiddie 23805 – Water access; Canal launch area

John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area and Appomattox Canoe Launch, 21501 Chesdin Rd.,
South Chesterfield, VA 23803

• Brasfield Dam to Appomattox Riverside Park, Ferndale – This is a great section of the river which I paddle regularly… 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 [link above]. –Words of experience from Chris R., FOLAR member. March 2017

Below Brasfield Dam, Chesterfield