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Dutch Gap Run

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A loop hike around Dutch Gap Conservation Area.


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4.7

Miles

7.5

KM

Loop

42' 13 m

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89' 27 m

Up

95' 29 m

Down

1%

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6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Closed from dusk to dawn. Closing times are posted at entrance and vary according to sunset.

Overview

A loop that leads hikers around a tidal lagoon where numerous species of birds and an abundance of other wildlife can be found. The area includes a blue heron rookery.

Need to Know

There is no cost to park at Henricus Park located at 341 Henricus Park Road (Conservation Area).

Description

The Dutch Gap Conservation Area surrounds Henricus Historical Park where you'll find woodlands, wetlands, and the old James River channel created when Sir Thomas Dale attempted in 1611 to shorten the river distance by channeling a bypass. During the winter you can observe the “graveyard” of submerged barges and several islands. Dutch Gap also provides a boat landing on the James River.

Flora & Fauna

Numerous species of birds and an abundance of other wildlife can be found.

History & Background

This trail is adjacent to the city of Henricus, the second successful English settlement in the New World.

Contacts

Shared By:

Omar Delgado

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Photos

Sunrise on the James
Oct 31, 2018 near Enon, VA
The White Blaze Trail affords visitors great views of the Dominion Power Station.
Dec 6, 2016 near Chester, VA
A deciduous treeline makes for a pretty sight from the fishing dock on the Red Blaze Trail.
Dec 6, 2016 near Chester, VA

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Oct 31, 2020
Will Heinle
Joined by Alec Greven and Riley Place. A crisp fall day with many bird sightings 4.7mi — 3h 00m
Sep 22, 2020
Nick Taylor
2.9mi — 12h 05m
Jul 14, 2020
Miho Daniels
4.7mi — 10h 20m
Mar 26, 2020
Tom White
Jan 12, 2020
Paul Karns
Nice low-key trail for a run or relaxed walk. 4.9mi — 1h 33m
Aug 27, 2019
David Williams
4.7mi — 1h 30m
Jun 4, 2019
Robbyn Brown
May 7, 2019
John Vasquez
5mi — 2h 02m