The park – located along the Intracoastal Waterway just off Battlefield Blvd., where the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, coming up from North Carolina, meet the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River – is named for the Corp of Engineers' lock which separates the salt water of the river from the fresh water of the canal. This 19-acre park, a small peninsula surrounded by the canal on one side and the river on the other, features a two-lane boat ramp, a raised berm area, with interpretive signage explaining the lock system, permits spectators a great view of the many yachts which transit the lock on this busy waterway which runs from Maine to Key West, FL.
ADA Accessible Kayak/Canoe Launch
Fishing and Crabbing Areas
Parking Area (large)
Picnic Shelters with Grills
Playground and Play Area
In 2004, the National Park Service added Great Bridge Lock Park to its "Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network" for its historic and ecological significance — it is at the southernmost estuary in the Gateway Network and the southernmost explored point on the NPS's Capt. John Smith National Historic Waterways Trail. Go to www.baygateways.net for more information.