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Great Bridge Lock Park


The park, located along the Intracoastal Waterway just off Battlefield Boulevard, where the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal, coming up from North Carolina, meets 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, picnic shelters and a foot-trail along the north shoreline and through the wooded western portion of the park. There is a large playground, play area, provisions for indoor toilets and extensive fishing and crabbing areas. 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.

A separate amenity is a fully ADA-Accessible Canoe/Kayak Pier and Launch with floating pier that enhances user safety and includes posted step-by-step operational instructions for users. A stone/dust walking path from the parking lot connects to the pier and launch.


General Amenities
  • Handicap Accessible:
  • Motorcoach Parking:
Sports & Rec Amenities
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  • Parking:
    • Adequate
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  • Shelters: