About the Water Trails

Gloucester Blueways is a system of five separate water trails spanning Gloucester County, VA. The 40 miles of trails are particularly suited for small hand-powered craft such as canoes and kayaks.

Gloucester County is located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay and offers more than 506 miles of shoreline. There are five tidal rivers, dozens of navigable creeks, and a lake formed by a man-made impoundment, offering a scenic network of water and land trails to explore. Used by the area's native inhabitants for generations, Gloucester's waterways were explored extensively by Captain John Smith's shallop in the early 1600's.

Please note that boating, canoeing, kayaking and other activities on rivers and bays can be dangerous. Obtain a water trail map and guide in advance, plan your trip, and follow all safety precautions. Fees: Gloucester Blueways Water Trail access points are available for the public's use at no charge.

Maps and Guides

Gloucester Blueways maps and guides are available in a brochure format at locations around the Commonwealth of Virginia. We offer those same guides in easy-to-print PDF files on this site's Maps page.

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