Deer Island and Shuttle Trail Loop to Otter Point Overlook

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Deer Island and Shuttle Trail Loop to Otter Point Overlook is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Chesapeake, Virginia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

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Beautiful View of Northwest River from Picnic Area where otters are sometimes observed. Northwest River Park has it all! There are over 7 miles of hiking trails including 2 miles of biking trails and many miles of horse trail. There are paddle boats and canoes to rent for boating along the inland lake and scenic Northwest river. There is also camping, fishing and picnicking. This hike will take you along the parks Shuttle Trail and Deer Island Trail which are multi-use hike and bike trails. All park trails connect to the Shuttle Trail which leads to the Southern Terminal where there are restrooms, a dock and picnic tables. Be sure to get a trail system map at the camp store near the park entrance. The Otter Point Trail is one of the shortest trails (1 mile) branching off from the Shuttle Trail and will lead you on a nice hike through a mixed pine/hardwood forest.

walking
7 months ago

Nice time with fam. Lots of bugs for kids to see. Of course, squirrels! The walk is calm and the office had a good map.

hiking
8 months ago

Don't come without bug spray. It's nice and green, which is good, but so much time was spent staring at the ground to avoid tripping on roots or finding a spot to walk around mud. That said - this hike would've been much more pleasurable with the bug spray, at a lower temperature (93 and humid today), and with boots better for mud. I was wearing Merrel hiking shoes.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

very nice

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I tried one of the hiking trails and it wasn't much a challenge so I stayed on the gravel road.

hiking
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Happy to have discovered the park and all the trails and activities in it. This trail was very easy and essentially flat: perfect for a beginner. It combines an up and back gravel path with a wooded trail that makes the loop. Nice variety, pretty scenery and lots of benches/picnic tables if you want to pause.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

fyi map shows wrong area.

cross country skiing
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

It was great, it was my first time so I went off the trail for about 30 minutes but then found my way. Lol

hiking
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A nice hike that anyone can take. Loved seeing the Northwest River at the end of the trail!

hiking
Sunday, January 05, 2014

This is a nice, easy, short trail. I never knew these trails existed visiting the park many times. This trail was easy, very well marked, and dry (compared to Molly Miller). I very nice one mile hike to enjoy the great outdoors while exercising.

hiking
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

This was a fun place to hike. There are several trails to choose from so you can stay on a nice smooth road, or hike through the habitat. Last weekend was our first time hiking here and we are going back next week to check out the other trails, picnic, and rent one of the canoes.

hiking
Saturday, July 13, 2013

Nice trail but not challenging. It is completely flat.

hiking
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The trail is one of those wide, flat, too easy trails, but there is a much more challenging trail running between the trail and the river. It does not have a name or show up on the trail maps so I guess it is just considered part of the Shuttle Trail. When you get down to the southern end there is everything from a soda machine to the beautiful Northwest River.

hiking
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I liked this trail. It cut back through the woods and swamp. Lots of big pine and old Cyprus.

trail running
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I liked the boy scout built bridge with four totem poles. I ran the rest of the trail.

hiking
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

It is a wide level trail all the way to the beautiful Northwest River. We paralleled it most of the way down on a little foot path trail along the park lake.

hiking
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Long wide level trail. About 2/3 of the way down there is a cool wooden bridge with 4 totem poles. There is also a lookout tower near the bridge, but it does not provide a view. At the end is beautiful Northwest River and a little park-like area.

hiking
Monday, January 07, 2013

Nice easy little stroll on almost completely flat trail. Wasn't a great deal of activity as far as birds or wildlife but a few loud dogs on leashes that had just come off the trail as we were starting may have had something to do with that. Well marked and maintained.

mountain biking
Saturday, August 20, 2011

The park was very clean and the hiking trails/camp grounds looked very nice. The biking trail was a gravel road that ran out to the river and back. It would be great for a family day with kids. I was disappointed that we were only able to bike one the gravel trail since all of the other trails had signs banning bikes. I won't be going back to bike however I would go back to hike and camp. Enjoy!

hiking
6 months ago

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