Communities Working in Partnership to Conserve and Protect the Lower Appomattox River

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Appomattox River and Trail  access:

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Hopewell City Park, 205 Appomattox Street, Hopewell 23680 – Water access; Hopewell Riverwalk Trailhead; Sandy beach for swimming and launching kayak; Play equipment; Sidewalk Trail to City Point, 1 mi.

Video by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation about the City of Hopewell and the connection between trails and clean water. Click here to view.


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.


• NOT PICTURED: Fort Clifton Park, 100 Brockwell Lane, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 – Fishing pier, Trails, Restrooms. No water craft access

Rotary Park at Pocahontas Island, 181 Rolfe St, Petersburg, VA 23803 – Trail, .5 mi.; Water access; Kayak launch area (gravel); Natural shoreline; No ramp structure.


University Blvd Trailhead / Patton Park (Old Fleet St.) Trail (West), 1 mi.; Water access; Natural shoreline; Rustic water craft access downriver of bridge at Patton Park.


Chesterfield Ettrick/VSU Trail, 3801 Main St, S Chesterfield, VA 23803 – Trail, .35 mi. 


Ferndale Park / Appomattox Riverside Park, 24909 Ferndale Rd, Dinwiddie, VA 23803. Canal Trail,  3 mi; Play equipment; Water access and trail; Canal kayak launch area (gravel), natural shoreline.


John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area, 21501 Chesdin Rd, S Chesterfield, VA 23803. Trail, 2.5 mi RT; Water access; Canoe / Kayak access steps; Picnic area.


Appomattox River west of Campbell’s bridge (Fleet Street)

• 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 can have class 2-3 when the water level is up. There is a good interpretive sign about the rapids at Ferndale Park # 2 on the Interpretive map.

NEW Appomattox River Trail CLICK HERE

 Link: Terrain360 Appomattox River (Interactive video)

FOLAR is working to build a world-class trail as a path to learning, conservation, wellness and prosperity.