Dutch Gap Conservation Area & Boat Landing
341 Henricus Park Road (Conservation Area)
441 Coxendale Road (Boat Landing)
Chester, VA 23836
The 810-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area surrounds Henricus Historical Park and features diverse woodlands, wetlands, and the old meandering channel of the James River. “Dutch Gap” refers to Sir Thomas Dale’s attempt in 1611 to shorten river travel by cutting a new channel to bypass this meander. A 4.5-mile trail loop leads visitors around a tidal lagoon, where numerous species of birds and an abundance of other wildlife can be found. The area includes a blue heron rookery and a 2.5-mile Lagoon Water Trail, where paddlers can observe the “graveyard” of submerged barges and several islands. Dutch Gap also provides a boat landing on the James River.
Government Center Complex
9501 Lucy Corr Circle
Chesterfield, VA 23832
The Government Center Trail System is a mixed-use network of trails with a combination of both hard and soft walking surfaces. The system is comprised of two main loop trails (1.4 and 1.2 miles) and several connector trails. The trail provides a great opportunity for employees, residents and visitors in the area to get out and enjoy the outdoors while building regular exercise into their daily routines.
The trail is an extension of the county’s trails system and part of the “greenways” effort to preserve open space. In addition to preservation, the goal of the greenways effort also is to connect residents with parks, rivers, natural areas, cultural attractions and historic sites. Some greenways serve recreational purposes, while others serve as protected corridors along rivers, streams and wildlife habitats.
Daniel Park at Iron Bridge
6600 Whitepine Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23237
This 187-acre park is conveniently located in central Chesterfield across from the county airport off of Route 288. Numerous diamond and rectangular fields, game courts, shelters, and trails make this park a popular destination for a wide range of recreational activities. The park is also located next to The First Tee golf course.
John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area and Appomattox Canoe Launch
21501 Chesdin Rd.
South Chesterfield, VA 23803
Located just below the Brasfield Dam and Appomattox River Water Authority, the Appomattox River Canoe Launch provides a parking area and boat slide for small non-powered craft. This location also serves as the trail head for the John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area, which consists of 94 acres of woodlands and swampland along the Appomattox River. Wildlife is in abundance in this diverse environment, and 2.75 miles of trail and over 500 feet of elevated boardwalk through the property provide visitors with a unique recreational experience.
Dodd Park at Point of Rocks
201 Enon Church Road
Chester, VA 23836
This 176-acre park features several athletic facilities and a diverse natural area. Athletic and picnic areas are concentrated in the upper areas of the park, and access to the lower areas is provided by a system of trails including a floating boardwalk through a freshwater tidal marsh. This area also has historical significance, as the land was the southern end of the Union position during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Remnants of Union earthworks can be seen along the park road and trails.
Robious Landing Park
3800 James River Road
Midlothian, VA 23113
Robious Landing Park provides easy access to the James River for kayaking, canoeing, rowing and fishing. The 102-acre site also houses 3.4 miles of trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and sand volleyball. James River High School is located adjacent to the park and provides additional facility access.
3401 Courthouse Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23236
The county’s oldest, this 161-acre site features a complex of ball fields and game courts, a nature center, an archery range, Ruff House Dog Park, garden plots and an extensive system of hard and soft surface nature trails. Other features include picnic shelters, play equipment, concessions and restrooms. These facilities, along with convenient location at Courthouse and Hull Street Roads, make Rockwood Park a popular choice for numerous recreational uses.