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Dutch Gap Conservation Area

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Great place for a walk or run on a well maintaned path

Walked/ran the loop trail through the area. Very nice hidden Gem in the Chester area. Benches and... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2018
Penfield, New York
Lovely 4.5 mile walk around the lake

This was a regular walk of mine around the lake at the Dutch Gap. It is great at all times of the... read more

Reviewed 22 January 2018
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Reviewed 10 August 2018

Walked/ran the loop trail through the area. Very nice hidden Gem in the Chester area. Benches and some shelters are scattered along the path making for easy spots to rest or view nature. I think this would be a great place to explore in the...More

Thank SAPralph
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

This was a regular walk of mine around the lake at the Dutch Gap. It is great at all times of the year with views of the lake and for most of the walk it provides leafy shade. Great for birdwatching and wildlife, it is...More

2  Thank JanetCousins
Reviewed 16 October 2017

went with a group of 4 kayaking here. the place to put in the kayaks is a little bit of a walk from the parking lot so be prepared - i would say from the parking lot to the dock is roughly 400-500 yards. it...More

Thank HokieAaron88
Reviewed 5 October 2017

We were looking forward to a couple of days of bird watching here; after all, this place is listed by the National Audubon Society as one of the top spots in Virginia. However, during our early October trip, their was a remarkable absence of birds....More

Thank Mike O
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Very nice and peaceful place, not only for nature lovers, but also just for serenity. Would definitely love to come back and spend more time there.

Thank LisaH502014
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I wanted a new hiking experience so we drove from Virginia Beach to hike at Dutch Gap. We weren't disappointed! The hike starts at the visitor center parking lot of Henricus Historical Park (which is awesome). From there you make your way...More

1  Thank dczanowski
Reviewed 13 July 2016

This place is a nasty hot mess. The citizens that using area are very nasty! Garbage left everywhere! Parking lots, river banks and shore lines littered with trash. Some people are dumping nasty garbage and scraps for the cats. The vultures loaf to eat the...More

3  Thank Traveling_James76
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Great place to drop a boat or kayak in the water. I don't recommend fishing by the plants in that section, but go out further in the water. It's beautiful out there on the river. Many people bow fish at night out there as well....More

1  Thank april c
Reviewed 21 April 2016

This is a nice place to enjoy some peace and quiet. Take a book to read and just sit and watch natural beauty. I don't camp much but it was relaxing.

Thank Gabriela W
Reviewed 10 December 2015

If you love a good walk outdoors or a little kayaking mixed with a bit of history, this is the park for you! The well maintained 4.5 mile trail winds through some gorgeous Virginia wetlands. There are fishing piers located at points along the trail...More

1  Thank hlclark
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Captrichie W
22 December 2015|
Response from hlclark | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a boat launch ramp located on the James, right before you enter the park. There are clear signs pointing you in the direction of each :)