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Home > Visit a Gateway > Eastern Branch Elizabeth River Trail
Eastern Branch Elizabeth River Trail - Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia
The Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River flows from Virginia Beach through Norfolk before joining the main river and the Chesapeake Bay. This historic area combines natural wetlands and naval shipyards. The scenic Eastern Branch provides a glimpse of the environment as Captain John Smith would have seen it, with the river's forested shorelines and wetland areas. In the spring of 1608, Smith explored the Elizabeth River, finding little evidence of human inhabitants. Once home to the Chesapeake Group, archaeological resources are most likely lost due to the industrial development in the area.

Today, canoeists can paddle a short portion of the upper river by launching from Carolanne Farm Neigborhood Park, and following a mapped trail route.

Please note that boating, canoeing, kayaking and other activities on rivers can be dangerous. Obtain local information in advance, plan your trip, and follow all safety precautions. Check tide tables and avoid arriving and departing during low water.

Hours: The launch site is open dawn to dusk.
Fees: No fees are charged for use of the launch site.
For more information about Eastern Branch Elizabeth River Trail call (757) 427-4621.

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