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Director of Parks & Recreation
James Worsley, Ph.D., CPRE

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8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Office Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mailing Address
Parks & Recreation
PO Box 40
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0040

Street Address
6801 Mimms Loop
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Outdoor Programs
Dutch Gap Conservation Area

411 Coxendale Road
Chester, VA 23836

Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - sunset

Dutch Gap Canoe 

Photo by Elli Morris 

The Dutch Gap conservation area is 810 acres of diverse woods, wetlands and wildlife, bordered by the beautiful and scenic James River.

Dutch Gap Trail

  • 4.5 mile loop
  • Open for hiking, biking, walking, running and horseback riding

Lagoon Water Trail

  • 2.5 mile tidal Lagoon water trail
  • Explore by kayak or canoe
  • Observe the “Graveyard” of barges, wetlands, islands and a heron rookery
  • Safe flat-water environment suitable for beginners


Bird watching

  • Superb in all seasons with the diverse habitats
  • Two observation platforms along the road entrance and bird blinds in the conservation area


  • Five docks along the River Trail situated throughout the conservation area
  • Tidal waters bring residential freshwater as well as migratory fish

Individuals and groups can schedule a private kayak/canoe tour in the tidal lagoon.

  • 3-hour program – includes nature guides, boats, paddles and floatation devices
  • Two hours of paddle time
  • Minimum age is 7


Mark Battista, Naturalist

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