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Lynnhaven River Water Trail

The Lynnhaven River has nearly 150 miles of shoreline. The mission of the water trail is to encourage stewardship through recreational and educational activities related to the watershed’s natural, cultural and historic resources.

The watershed is home to many Historic Landmarks, most that date back before the founding of our nation; Adam Thoroughgood House, Adam Keeling House, Lynnhaven House, Francis Land House, Carraway House, Pembroke Manor, and the Ferry Plantation House, just to name a few. The watershed is also home to First Landing State Park, which is both a National Natural Landmark and National Historic Landmark.

The Lynnhaven River is the world’s second largest oyster reef restoration program and has considerably higher oyster recruitment than many other sites in the Chesapeake Bay. The River itself supports a high level of recreational boating, fishing, crabbing, ecotourism, educational activities and general environmental observation.

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Hours

Open year round from dawn to dusk.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Boat Launch Fees:

  • $16 without saltwater fishing license, $8 with saltwater license, Annual pass $125
  • Non-motorized craft free

First Landing State Park fees:

  • Hutton Circle canoe and kayak launch: free
  • Great Neck Creek canoe and kayak launch: free

Parking Fees:

  • Virginia Beach Resident $3
  • Non-resident $5

Hutton Circle canoe and kayak launch: limited free parking

Great Neck Creek canoe and kayak launch: limited free parking

Water Trail Map & Guide

Currently, there is no water trail map developed for the Lynnhaven River Water Trail. However, you can download a copy of the Virginia Beach Waterway Access Site Guide to learn about access sites and other amenities.

Facilities

Restrooms available at:
64th St. Boat Launch, First Landing State Park
Lynnhaven Boat Ramp & Beach Facility

Accessibility

First Landing State Park 64th Street parking lot is handicapped accessible with handicapped marked parking.  The Narrows end of the Cape Henry Trail is handicapped accessible: hard, packed dirt trail, relatively level, no grade changes.  The wildlife viewing platform on the Narrows end of the Cape Henry Trail is handicapped accessible: no stairs, 4’ high railing.  A beach wheelchair is available for use, free of charge, at the Chesapeake Bay Center at First Landing State Park.  The restroom at First Landing State Park 64th Street is handicapped accessible with handicapped stalls.

The site at Great Neck Creek is called the Birdneck Launch, 1299 Old Virginia Beach Road. There is on-street parking only. There are no sidewalks but there is a handicap accessible curb cut at the start of the path to the water. The path is made of packed rock dust but there is no floating dock at this location. (Great Neck Park is not a water access site; however, a wheelchair is available to transport individuals down to the gazebo to view the water.) Restrooms, shelters and connecting sidewalks are all available at Great Neck Park.

Lynnhaven Boat and Beach Facility is handicap accessible with handicap parking. It has a handicap accessible ramp to the beach and a beach wheelchair available for rent. Restrooms and sidewalks/walkways are all accessible.

Hutton Circle offers parking right at the trial head, asphalted walkway leads to the canoe/kayak launch; floating dock.

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