Students participating in the Virginia Canoe Program. Photo by CBF StaffStudents enjoying some canoe time. Photo by CBF Staff

Virginia Canoe Program

Directions

Chesterfield County | Charles City County | Powell Creek
James City County | Surry County | Isle of Wight County
Hampton Roads Area | Chesapeake Bay Sites

Chesterfield County

Appomattox River

  • Follow Rt. 360 Wet 22 miles
  • After crossing the river, pull into the median strip
  • The canoe put in is between the two bridges.
  • The CBF staff will meet you there.

Lake Chesdin

  • Take I-95 south to the Temple Ave. exit in Colonial Heights
  • Follow Temple Ave. West to Rt. 1 south
  • Follow Rt. 1 south for 1.5 miles to Dupuy Ave
  • Take a right onto Dupuy Ave.
  • Dupuy Ave will turn into River road at the railroad tracks
  • Take a left onto Rt. 600
  • After the Chesdin Animal Hospital sign, take a right onto Rt. 601
  • Continue on this road for 3.1 miles; take a right onto Rt. 776
  • CBF staff will meet you at the boat ramp at the end of the road.

White Bank Park

  • Follow Rt. 95 to Colonial Heights/Temple Ave. Exit
  • Follow signs to the park.
  • Take a left onto Conduit Rd. at the intersection of Temple and Conduit
  • Follow road for about 2 miles, through 1 light and past a high school
  • Turn left into White Bank Park, this turn is immediately across from Tussing Elementary School
  • Buses can park at the top of the hill overlooking Swift Creek

Pocahontas State Park

  • Take I-95 south to exit 61
  • Go west on Route 10/Iron Bridge Road
  • Turn right into park entrance, State Park Rd
  • Make the first right after you pass the parking lot
  • At the fork in the road, go right towards a pavilion and down the hill to the Swift Creek Landing
  • CBF Staff will meet you there.

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Charles City County

Herring Creek

  • From Richmond, take I-64 East to exit #195/ Laburnum Ave.
  • Turn right at exit stoplight onto Laburnum Ave.
  • Continue on this road for about 6 miles and turn left at stop sign onto Rt. 5 East New Market Rd.
  • Follow this road for approx. 17.2 miles, at this point; you will see a large brown sight for Harrison Lake Fish Hatchery.
  • Stay on Rt. 5 approx. .7 miles after seeing the sign, you’ll cross a small bridge.
  • Continue approx. .1 mile until you see the New Vine Baptist Church on the left.
  • Turn Left into the church parking lot.
  • CBF staff will meet you there.

Morris Creek

  • Take 1/64 East to Providence Forge/ Rt. 155 South exit (exit 214).
  • Drive on Rt. 155 for 5.7 miles (crossing Rt. 60 and the Chickahominy River).
  • Turn Left on Rt. 614.
  • In 3.7 miles, turn Left onto Rt. 615 at the stop sign.
  • Continue on this road for about 6 miles. (At some point, Rt. 615 turns into Rt. 623 don’t let this confuse you!)
  • Turn left onto Rt. 621.
  • Travel 3.7 miles on Rt. 621 bearing right at the two forks you will encounter.
  • About a mile from the second fork you will come to the boat landing where the CBF staff will meet you.

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Powell Creek
  • From Richmond, take Laburnum Ave. South
  • Continue all the way down Laburnum until the stop sign at Rt. 5 (New Market Rd)
  • Turn left, going east
  • In 15 miles, (just after passing the Shirley Plantation), turn right onto Rt. 156 and cross the James over the Benjamin Harrison Bridge.

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James City County

York River State Park in Williamsburg

  • Travel towards Williamsburg, take the 231 B exit.
  • Follow signs to York River State Park (turn right at Riverview Road and Left into the Park).
  • CBF Staff will meet you outside of the Visitors Center.

Powhatan Creek in Williamsburg

  • From Richmond, take I-64 E. to Williamsburg and exit onto Rt. 199S. towards Jamestown.
  • Follow the signs to Colonial Jamestown.
  • Turn right onto Ironbound Rd/Rt. 31.
  • At the T-Intersection, turn right onto Rt. 31.
  • The canoe launch will be just before Powhatan Creek on your right across from a plant nursery.

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Surry County

Chippokes Plantation State Park

  • Take 1-95 South to Rt. 10 east.
  • Follow through town of Surry and turn Left onto Rt. 634 and follow signs to Chippokes Plantation State Park.
  • The park will be on your left and we will beet you by the main visitor’s area straight ahead.

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Isle of Wight County

Jones Creek

  • From Richmond, take I-64 to Mercury Blvd. Exit.
  • Follow Mercury Blvd south crossing the James River Bridge
  • After the bridge, turn right onto Rt. 699.
  • At a fork in the road, bear right onto Rt. 665.
  • Follow 665 until you see signs for Public Boat Ramp on your left.
  • If you get to Rescue, Va or cross the Pagan River, you have gone too far.

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Hampton Roads Area

Bluebird Gap Farm

  • Take bI-64 East to exit 263-B (Rt. 258/Mercury Blvd./Hampton Coliseum)
  • Go East on Mercury Blvd.
  • Make a right at the first light onto Coliseum Drive.
  • Make another right onto Pine Chapel Rd.
  • Bluebird Gap Farm is just over the overpass and on the left
  • CBF staff will meet you at the entrance.

Long Creek

  • Take I-64 E. to exit #263 (Rt. 258 E/Mercury Blvd/Hampton Coliseum
  • Drive approx. 3 miles on Mercury Blvd.
  • Turn Left at stoplight onto Rt. 169 N (Foxhill Rd).
  • Drive Approx. 3 miles on Foxhill Rd. to a stoplight (Rt. 169 S goes to the right here)
  • Continue just past the stoplight and make a left onto Beach Rd.
  • Turn left onto Beach Rd. You will see signs at this intersection for “Public Boat Landing” and “Grandview”, both pointing to the left.
  • Continue on Beach Rd. In 2 miles, you will see a brown Public Boat Landing sign at Dandy Point Rd. Do not turn here continue straight for approx. 1 mile until you reach a dirt pull off JUST before a small bridge over Long Creek.
  • The CBF trailer will meet you here.

Bennett Creek

  • Take I-64 East to Mercury Blvd. Exit (from Richmond)
  • Follow south crossing the James River Bridge
  • Follow Rt. 17 East to the left and across the Nansemond River
  • Cross Bennett Creek
  • Continue for ? mile and turn right onto Rt. 626 (Shoulders Hill Rd)
  • Travel about 1 mile and turn right into Bennett Creek Park with Public Boat Launch sign.
  • CBF trailer will meet you there.

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Chesapeake Bay Sites

Long Creek in Hampton

  • Take I-64 to exit # 263 B (Rt. 258 E/Mercury Blvd./Hampton Coliseum). Drive approx. 3 miles on Mercury Blvd. Turn Left at the stoplight onto Rt. 169 N. (Foxhill Rd.) There is a brown sign that reads “Public Boat Landing” at this intersection.
  • Drive approx. 3 miles on Foxhill Rd. to a stoplight. (Rt. 169 S. goes to the right here).
  • Continue just past the stoplight and make a Left turn onto Beach Rd.
  • Turn Left onto Beach Road. You will see signs at this intersection for “Public Boat Landing” and “Grandview”, both pointing to the left.
  • Continue on Beach Rd. In 2 miles, you will see a brown sign for a public boat landing at Dandy Point Rd. Do not turn here, but continue straight for approx. 1 mile/you are still on Beach Rd.
  • Watch for a dirt pull off on the right JUST before a small bridge over Long Creek.
  • The CBF staff will meet you there.

Seashore State Park in Virginia Beach

  • From Richmond, take I-64 towards Petersburg/Norfolk.
  • Take the I-264 West/Va 44 East exit
  • Exit on the Left towards Va. Beach on 44 East.
  • 44 will go all the way into the city of Virginia Beach.
  • Turn Left onto Pacific Ave.
  • Pacific Ave. becomes Atlantic Ave.
  • You will notice that the streets are numbered and they count up as you go north.
  • Turn Left onto 64th Street.
  • At the end of 64th street, go through the entrance for Seashore State Park.
  • Follow the main drive until you arrive at a small circular driveway in a wooded area.
  • CBF staff will meet you there.

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