Powhatan Creek Blueway
Willamsburg, VA
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: Powhatan Creek is a 23 mile tributary of the James River that passes through an area recognized by as one of the most environmentally significant natural resources on the peninsula. The creek is still largely undeveloped and a great place to canoe, fish and observe birds and other wildlife. Among the historic sites along the Powhatan Creek are Greensprings Plantation and Mainland Farm. The history of the watershed includes the Powhatan Indian Confederacy and early colonial settlement.

The Blueway currently has only one access point, located off Jamestown Road. The trail is not marked, but the trip is a straight paddle downstream to Jamestown Island (no takeout here) and back to the point of origin. Total roundtrip is about 18 miles to the confluence of the James River and return.

Please note that boating, canoeing, kayaking and other activities on rivers can be dangerous. Obtain a local map in advance, plan your trip, and follow all safety precautions.

Location / Directions: To reach the small boat launch area, take I-64 to the Camp Peary Exit (Rt. 143) and follow signs to Rt. 60 and Jamestown Road (Rt 31). A county sign marks the entrance.
Physical Address: Powhatan Creek Blueway
1831 Jamestown Road (Va Rt. 31)
Willamsburg, VA 23185
Mailing Address: Powhatan Creek Blueway
Carla Brittle
James City County Parks & Recreation
5249 C Olde Towne Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Visitor Phone: (757) 259-3200
Business Phone: (757) 259-3224
E-mail: cbrittle@james-city.va.us
Activities: Canoeing, fishing, bird and wildlife observation on the Creek. Saltwater fishing on the 4 tidal miles is excellent.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Fishing Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating Hours: The park access point is open 7 days a week during daylight hours.
Fees: None
Visitor Facilities: This is the only public access for small boats on Powhatan Creek. It includes: a gravel parking lot with space for up to 20 cars and an unpaved path to the river with sloping bank for launching hand carried boats. No restrooms or water.
Length: 9 miles / 14 kilometers
Accessibility: The boat launch and parking area are not paved. Wheelchair access to use the boat ramp is difficult at this time and would require assistance.
Website: http://www.james-city.va.us/recreation/powhatan_creek.html
Safety Info: Remember: safe use of rivers and any designated trails, at any time, is your responsibility! Water trail maps are for informational and interpretive purposes only and are not meant for navigational purposes, nor do they take into account level of skills or ability required to navigate rivers. The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, the National Park Service and/or the individual trail associations assume no responsibility or liability for any injury or loss resulting directly or indirectly from the use of water trails, maps or other printed or web-based materials. [View a list of water safety tips]
River Classification: Class I. Read more about the different levels of River Classifications.

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