Surrounding the 1611 Citie of Henricus is nature in splendid abundance. With the James River as a backdrop, the 800-plus-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area includes a bounty of woodlands, wildlife and waterways. Dutch Gap also offers locations for those simply looking for a quiet place to reflect on life in a peaceful, open-air oasis.
Come visit this magnificent offering of idyllic, richly diverse land. It is bordered by the James River on the north and encircled by the old oxbow channel. A blue heron rookery looms high in the marsh along the entrance. Surrounding the rookery, beavers and muskrats swim in the waters of a freshwater swamp and marsh.
Dutch Gap is home to bald cypresses. It is an ornithologist's dream - providing delightful bird watching opportunities. The southern section includes a freshwater tidal lagoon that is a favorite spot for anglers in search of bass. Eagles and other rare birds and a myriad of fish and wildlife can be viewed. There is access to the James River by foot or by boat. Hiking provides opportunities for exploration.
Dutch Gap protects valuable natural resources and provides a site for environmental education. It offers tranquility and caters to individuals, families and other visitors seeking nature and time for solitude.
The Dutch Gap Conservation Area is operated by Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation.
Dutch Gap is open daily during daylight hours and admission is free.
For more information, please call 804-706-9690.