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Great Bridge Lock Park


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.

Park Amenities:

  • ADA Accessible Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Boat Ramp
  • Fishing and Crabbing Areas
  • Parking Area (large)
  • Picnic Shelters with Grills
  • Playground and Play Area
  • Restroom Building
  • Walking Trail

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 for more information.


General Amenities
  • Handicap Accessible:
  • Motorcoach Parking:
Sports & Rec Amenities
  • Nature Trails:
  • Parking:
    • Adequate
  • Playground:
  • Restrooms:
  • Shelters: