Gloucester Blueways

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Gloucester Blueways Water Trails is the culmination of efforts from several organizations and individuals.

York River Charters logo website
Virginia Institute of Marine Science logo website
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries logo website
Park Partners Lets park in Gloucester
Gloucester County Parks and Recreation page
Bay Country Kayaking logo website
Center for Coastal Resources Management

Gloucester Blueways is a system of water trails spanning Gloucester County, VA. The 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 1600s.

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. 


Some Gloucester Blueways Water Trail access points have fees.

Boat Landings

View the boat landings of Gloucester.


View camping locations in Gloucester.


View the marinas in Gloucester.