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Home > Visit a Gateway > Mathews Blueways Water Trails
Mathews Blueways Water Trails - Mathews County, VA
Activities: By canoe or kayak, you can view many natural and historic attractions along the Blueways—including the third-oldest lighthouse on the Bay, the oldest tide mill at Poplar Grove.

The Lower James River Water Trail will extend from the City of Richmond to the mouth of the James River in Hampton Roads with many public access points on both sides of the river. A water trail map and guide has been developed to assist boaters in traveling the river. Lighthouse is a symbol of the maritime heritage of the county.

East River Trail, covering the East River of Mobjack Bay, is the smallest of the five Blueways trails. There are many small creeks and coves to explore.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Boat Access Fishing Canoeing / Kayaking
Facilities: You can access a kayak outfitter, local campsites, a motel, bed & breakfast inns and guest cottages from the waterways.

There are no restrooms or trash facilities on the trails; plan to use services in local communities or carry appropriate sanitary containers.

Length: 90 miles / 145 kilometers
Lighthouse:

New Point Comfort Lighthouse - 58-foot tower at the entrance to Mobjack Bay (Mathews County, Va). An unusual tower of cream-colored Ashlar sandstone, with a black lantern that once housed a 4th order Fresnel lens. Automated 1930; deactivated in 1963. Separate keeper’s quarters have been destroyed and continuing erosion severely threatens the lighthouse, now owned by Mathews County. The third oldest lighthouse on Chesapeake Bay. Owned and maintained by Mathews County. (Learn More)


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