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|Brief Description:||Great Bridge Lock Park sits beside the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at the point where the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal - coming up from North Carolina - meets the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Here is where thousands of boats make their way into the Chesapeake watershed.
The city park consists of a small peninsula surrounded by the canal on one side and the river on the other. Visitors come to watch boats pass along the canal and through a single lock, and to use a boat ramp, playground equipment, picnic shelters, and fishing and crabbing spots. Nearby the park is the site of an early Revolutionary War battle fought to defend a land route to Norfolk. While not publicly accessible at this time, the battlefield and additional canal frontage are the focus of a local conservation effort that may ultimately expand the story at Great Bridge Lock Park.
|Location / Directions:||Great Bridge Lock Park is located in the community of Great Bridge in the city of Chesapeake, just south of Norfolk Virginia.
From I-64 around Norfolk, take the exit for route 168 south. Proceed south to exit 13b. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto route 190 and proceed to the intersection with Battlefield Blvd. Turn right and drive south to Great Bridge. The entrance to the park is on the righ (Locks Road) just before the bridge crossing the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal.
|Physical Address:||Great Bridge Lock Park
100 Lock Road
Chesapeake, VA 23328
|Mailing Address:||Great Bridge Lock Park
112 Mann Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23322
|Operating Hours:||The park is open during daylight hours, year-round.|
|Fees:||There are no fees for visiting the park.|
|Visitor Facilities:||The park features a two-lane boat ramp, picnic shelters and a foot trail along the north shoreline and through the wooded western portion of the park. There is a large play area, provisions for indoor toilets and extensive fishing and crabbing areas. Bleachers permit spectators to view the many yachts passing through the lock.|
|Accessibility:||The picnic, playground and rest room areas are handicapped accessible. The boat ramp area is not accessible at this time.|