Kayaking Guide on hrScene


Here’s a list of all the places you can kayak in Hampton Roads. Kayaking is a fun and exciting activity that you can perform by exploring the inner waterways or out in the ocean. If you already have a kayak, here’s a list of places to take off.

Launch Locations:

Chesapeake

Intercoastal Waterway: Dismal Swamp Canal – 3825 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail 23322
Deep Creek Lock Park 217–399 Luray Street 23323
Chesapeake Campground Launch – 660 George Washington Hwy South 23323
Great Bridge Lock Park 1 – 106 N Battlefield Boulevard 23320
Great Bridge Lock Park 2 – 2599 Locks Road 23320
North West River: Bob’s Fishing Hole – 4243 Battlefield Blvd South 23322
Indian Creek Road Small Boat Launch – 1385–1399 Indian Creek Road 23322
Baum Road Small Boat Launch – 2201–2233 Baum Road 23322
North West River Park – 1733 Indian Creek Road 23322
Dismal Swamp Canal Trail – 1200 Dismal Swamp Canal Trail 23322
Elizabeth River Boat Landing Park – 1400 Elizabeth River Way 23324

Eastern Shore

Cape Charles Beach – Bay Ave. Cape Charles 23310
Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge – 5003 Hallett Circle, Cape Charles 23310
Harborton Landing – 14244-14266 Harborton 23389

Franklin

Blackwater Landing – 398 S. Main Street 23851

Gloucester

Gloucester Point Beach and Boat Ramp – 167 Greate Road 23062
Tanyard Landing – Tanyard Landing Road 23061
Beaverdam Ranger Station – 8687 Roaring Springs Road 23061
Ware House Landing – Ware House Road – 23061
John’s Point Landing – Rt. 657 end of John’s Point Road 23061
Severn Landing – Rt. 649, Mobjack Bay access, end of Severn Wharf Road 23061
Payne’s Landing – Rt. 630, Ware River access, end of Paynes Landing Road 23061
Miller’s Landing – Rt. 612, Poropotank River access, end of Miller’s Landing Road 23061
Guinea Landing – Rt. 651, Mobjack Bay access, end of Brown’s Bay Road 23061
Glass Point Landing – Rt. 656, Severn River access, end of Glass Road 23061
Field’s Landing Rt. 1301, York River Access, end of Fields Landing Road 23061

Hampton

Sunset Creek Boat Ramp – 91 Marina Road 23669
Sandy Bottom Nature Park – 1255 Big Bethel Road 23666
Buckroe Beach (kayak rentals seasonal, Memorial Day) 100 S 1st Street 23664
Dandy Point Boat Launch – 499 Dandy Point Road 23664
Gosnold’s Hope Park – 901 Little Rockwell Way 23669

Isle of Wight

Windsor Castle Park – Kayak rentals and tours available.
Tylers Beach – end of Tylers Beach Road, Smithfield 23430

Newport News

Huntington Park Launch – Riverpark Rd 23607
Hoopes Landing Denbigh Park – 3 Denbigh Blvd. 23608
Peterson Yacht Basin – 16th St. 23607
Newport News Park – 13564 Jefferson Ave. 23603

Norfolk

700 W 45th Street 23508
Elizabeth River Boat Landing & Park – 103 Poindexter Street 23324
Haven Creek Boat Ramp – 4001 Llewellyn Avenue 23504
45th Street Boat Ramp/Marina – W 45th Street 23508
Lafayette City Park Boat Ramp – 3500 Granby Street 23504
Lake Wood Park – 1650 Willow Wood Drive 23509
Sarah Constant Shrine Beach – 300 W Ocean View Ave 23503
Captains Quarters Nature Center Park – 800 Little Bay Avenue 23503
Willoughby Boat Ramp – 1311 Bayville Street 23503
Haven Creek Boat Ramp – 4001 Llewellyn Ave. 23504

North Carolina

Brumley Road Knotts Island – 201 Brumley Road, Knotts Island N.C. 27950
Coinjock Public Boat Launch – 385 Waterlily Road, Coinjock N.C. 27923
Dismal Swamp Canal State Park – 2356 US 17 N, South Mills N.C. 27976

Portsmouth

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation – 4510 Twin Pines Rd. Churchland 757-686-8684

Suffolk

Bennett’s Creek Park and Boat Landing – 1000 Bennetts Creek Park Rd 23435
Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge – 3100 Desert Rd 23434

Virginia Beach

First Landing State Park: Bay Entrance – 2500 Shore Drive 23451
First Landing State Park: 64th Street Entrance – Lake Smith Fishing Station, Shell Road 23451
Lake Smith – Lake Smith Fishing Station, Shell Road 23455
Little Creek Reservoir – 5371 U.S. Route 13 23455
Owls Creek Boat Ramp – 717 General Booth Blvd. 23451
Lotus Garden Park – 1289 Sandbridge Road 23456
Horn Point – 1008 Horn Point Road 23456
Princess Anne Wildlife Management Area – Back Bay Landing Road 23457
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge – 4005 Sandpiper Road 23456
Little Island District Park – 3820 Sandpiper Road 23456
Munden Point Park – 2001 Pefley Road 23457
Lesner Bridge Launch – 3576 Piedmont Circle 23455
Hutton Circle Launch – Hutton Circle 23454
Elizabeth River at Carolanne Farm – 375 Challedon Drive 23462
West Neck Marina – 3985 West Neck Road 23456
Doziers Bridge – Princess Anne Road 23464
Blackwater Trading Post – 5605 Blackwater Road 23457
Pocaty River Boat Launch – 4132 Blackwater Road 23457
Stumpy Lake – 4797 Indian River Road 23456
N Muddy Creek Road – 1500-1552 N Muddy Creek Road 23456
Indian River Road – 2071-2237 Indian River Road 23456
Carolanne Farm Park – Turtle Lake Trail 23462
Drum Point – 1201 Mill Landing Road 23457

Williamsburg/York

New Quarter Park – 1000 Lakeshead Drive 23185
Eco Discovery Park – 2054 Jamestown Road 23185
Waller Mill Park – 901 Airport Road 23188
York River State Park – 5526 Riverview Road 23188
Back Creek 3000 Goodwin Neck Road, Seaford 23696

If you don’t have a kayak or are visiting the area, here are some companies that offer tours and rentals.

Chesapeake

Northwest River
The Northwest River is a cypress forest in Chesapeake. Kayak through islands in Chesapeake’s Great Dismal Swamp. AdventureKayakTours.net. Flatwater adventures tour. Call 757-237-8776 or email adventurekayaktours@gmail.com.

Smith Creek
Smith Creek is surrounded by a cypress forest. Kayak and experience wildlife as you head toward North Carolina on the southern part of the Northwest River. AdventureKayakTours.net. Flatwater adventures tour. Call 757-237-8776 or email adventurekayaktours@gmail.com.

Eastern Shore

Smith Island/Eastern Shore
Paddle through Raccoon Island, the Magothy Channel, Blackbeard’s Creek and Smith’s Island. Explore the Cape Charles Lighthouse and World War II watchtowers. Tours are 2.5 to 4 hours. Advanced reservations required. Trip times and availability dependent on tides. AdventureKayakTours.net. Coastal adventures tour. Call 757-237-8776 or email adventurekayaktours@gmail.com.

Eastern Shore
Launch from a remote area (no bathroom) and paddle through salt marsh behind the Barrier Islands to the Metompkin Island. Have lunch on the Altantic Coast Beach, relax and swim while you are there and return along the same route. Total paddle time is about 2.5-3.5 hours. Kayak Nature Tours. Call 757-480-1999 to make reservations.

Gloucester

Ware House Wetlands
The launch is minutes from Gloucester Courthouse Village and gives access to tidal tributaries to the Ware River. The tour allows access to marshes and swamps that support otter, muskrat, crabs, deer, and various bird species. Great for beginners. 3 hours $45. Bay Country Kayaking. 855-TO-KAYAK or 252-564-4533 or Info@BayCountryKayaking.com.

John’s Point
This tour passes several historic homes and offers local history about our nation’s first president’s ancestors and Queen Elizabeth II. 3-3.5 hours $50. Bay Country Kayaking. 855-TO-KAYAK or 252-564-4533 or Info@BayCountryKayaking.com.

Poropotank River
Explore low-lying marchlands and coastal forests in a maze-like marsh area. Go birdwatching and listen to local history from the 17th century. 2.5-3 hours $50. Bay Country Kayaking. 855-TO-KAYAK or 252-564-4533 or Info@BayCountryKayaking.com.

Big Island
A brackish water tour that is rich with history, Big Island is partially owned by the Nature Conservancy and only inhabited by an abundance of local creatures. Bay Country Kayaking. 855-TO-KAYAK or 252-564-4533 or Info@BayCountryKayaking.com.

Isle of Wight

Blackwater River
Paddle in the Zuni area of the Blackwater River and see virgin bald cypress more than 400 years old. Half and full-day trips are available in this swampy terrain. Kayak Nature Tours. Call 757-480-1999 to make reservations.

Mathews

New Point Comfort Beach and Lighthouse in Mathews
Paddle out to the New Point Comfort Beach to see the more than two-century-old sandstone Lighthouse. See diverse plants and animals and natural habitats such as tidal salt marsh, maritime forest and sandy beach. 3.5-4 hours $60. Bay Country Kayaking. 855-TO-KAYAK or 252-564-4533 or Info@BayCountryKayaking.com.

North Carolina

Knotts Island N.C./Carova wild horses adventure
Launch from Knotts Island and cross 2.75 miles to Knotts Island Bay. View wild horses, otters and birds alongside Currituck National Wildlife Refuge. Explore the community of Carova and return to Knotts Island in the afternoon. Coastal adventures tour. AdventureKayakTours.net. Call 757-237-8776 or email adventurekayaktours@gmail.com.

Merchants Mill Pond State Park
Described as a “romantic and eerie feel of the true swamp,” Kayak Nature Tours offers an all day trip here (8 hours). They don’t advise kayaking here at night. Kayak Nature Tours. Call 757-480-1999 to make reservations.

Merchants Millpond State Park
Explore cypress and gum trees covered in Spanish moss and view wildlife such as the American alligator. Flatwater adventures tour. AdventureKayakTours.net. Call 757-237-8776 or email adventurekayaktours@gmail.com.

Knotts Island (NC KNT)
This 8-hour trip will take you across Knotts Island Bay and along the barrier peninsula inland and deep into the maritime forest. Have lunch on the barrier peninsula and return across marshes. Kayak Nature Tours. Call 757-480-1999 to make reservations.

 Suffolk

Kayak camping adventures
Kayak and camp in the Great Dismal Swamp, Lake Drummond or Merchants Millpond State Park. Basic restrooms, camp space, trash cans, screened porches and charcoal grills are provided on site. Guided two-day/one-night tour and camping equipment rental available. AdventureKayakTours.net. Custom Adventures tour. Call 757-237-8776 or email adventurekayaktours@gmail.com.

Dismal Swamp/Lake Drummond
Paddle through the Great Dismal Swamp, the Feeder Ditch and all the way to Lake Drummond. Flatwater adventures tour. AdventureKayakTours.net. Call 757-237-8776 or email adventurekayaktours@gmail.com.

Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Lake Drummond
Paddle in this coastal swamp, which is 20 feet above sea level and one of only two natural lakes in Virginia. It is a jungle atmosphere with various wildlife including bears, foxes and deer. All-day trips are available to the lake and shorter trips to the Northwest River are offered. Kayak Nature Tours. Call 757-480-1999 to make reservations.

Dismal Swamp Northwest River
Launch from Bob’s fishing hole and paddle up the river into the Dismal Swamp. The swamp has full-grown cypress forests and other plant life, and you can see and hear prothonotary warblers chirping. Kayak Nature Tours. Call 757-480-1999 to make reservations.

Virginia Beach

West Neck Creek
Launch from West Neck Marina and view wildlife such as osprey, great heron, orioles, eagles, deer, otters, nutria,  fish and more. AdventureKayakTours.net. Flatwater adventures tour. Call 757-237-8776 or email adventurekayaktours@gmail.com.

Back Bay (Sandbridge)
Back Bay Wildlife Refuge is near Sandbridge in Virginia Beach. Start in a freshwater creek and kayak to Ashville Bridge Creek, South Muddy Creek and Cypress Alley. View wildlife such as whitetail deer, owls, turtles and snakes. Flatwater adventures tour. AdventureKayakTours.net. Call 757-237-8776 or email adventurekayaktours@gmail.com.

Back Bay
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is on the Southern end of Virginia Beach behind the Atlantic Coast beaches. This tour takes you from brackish water to salt marsh to freshwater swamps and back. Observe plant life such as bald cypress and cattail and wildlife such as osprey and turkey vultures. Kayak Nature Tours. Call 757-480-1999 to make reservations.

First Landing State Park
Launch from a the beach area shaded by maritime forestry in the park and paddle along a three-mile route. Occasionally view osprey, bald eagles and dolphins. Kayak Nature Tours. Call 757-480-1999 to make reservations.

Dolphin Tour
As a popular and exciting summer trip, the dolphin tour allows kayakers to paddle out into the ocean and view dolphins, sometimes approaching feet away from the kayaks. On this trip, you are guaranteed to get wet and possibly turn over if high surf or high winds are present (trips canceled over anything beyond 3-4 feet surf and 10-15 knots wind). Ages 6-up allowed and single and double kayaks are available. Kayak Nature Tours. Call 757-480-1999 to make reservations.

Dolphin Tour
Enjoy the thrill of kayaking with Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins off the coast of Virginia. During the tour, also get the chance to see osprey, pelicans and other wildlife. Two-hour tour $60. 4-person minimum. Chesapean Outdoors. 757-961-0447.

First Landing State Park
Kayak through still waters to see blue heron, ospreys, egrets, king fishers and other animals. Midway through the tour we land the kayaks at the base of an old dune formation and take a short hike through the forest to view nature. Then head back along the shoreline to view ancient oyster beds and new beds as part of a conservation effort to restore oysters in the Lynnhaven River basin. $55 per person. 4-person minimum. Chesapean Outdoors. 757-961-0447.

Sunset Paddle
Enjoy a beautiful sunset paddle along the Chesapeake Bay where you will see dolphins and bird species. Paddle along Cape Henry Lighthouses, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and the Lynnhaven Inlet during sunset. This is a scenic and relaxing tour. $60 per person. 4-person minimum. Chesapean Outdoors. 757-961-0447.

Williamsburg

Williamsburg/Yorktown
New Quarter Park is located on Queen’s Creek, a stunning tidal creek emptying into the York River, one of the major rivers feeding the Chesapeake Bay. There’s access to marshes and swamps that support otter, muskrat, crabs, deer, and various bird species. 2.5-3 hours $55. Bay Country Kayaking. 855-TO-KAYAK or 252-564-4533 or Info@BayCountryKayaking.com.

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