Dutch Gap Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Chester, Virginia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.7 miElevation gain65 ftRoute typeLoop
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Please note that this trail closes occasionally due to flooding. This popular dirt path circles the tidal lagoon at Dutch Gap Conservation Area. There are several off-shoots for those looking to extend their hike including the Long Point Trail, Oxbow Point Trail, and Dog Leg Point Trail. Visitors to Dutch Gap will enjoy beautiful views of the lagoon, the James River, and several wetlands areas. You're sure to see birds and other interesting animals here.

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Kristen Granata
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Really cool area surrounding it with a ton of historical stuff. It was really well marked and had little bird facts which was really interesting! Brought my dog and he loved it

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Cassandra G-B
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We really enjoyed looking for frogs, fish, and birds in all the swampy marshland. We even saw some beaver dams. Wish it was a little more shaded, but a nice walk overall.

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shay tim
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Shanti Koch
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Awesome

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Holly Pickett
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Beautiful trail, I love the lake views all around. The bridges were picturesque. Clear trails. Small detour at one spot.

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John Nerden
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Doug Steele
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Broad trail along lagoons

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Kyle Moore
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Eva Atkinson
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Tricia Gibson
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Todd Padenich
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Ashley Pospahala
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Becca Silberman
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It’s beautiful. Easy walk. Lots of birds to see.

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Tricia Gibson
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very nice. will be back. cold and rainy so cut it short today.

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John Jacobs
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Matthew P
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Kaitlyn Settles
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A little crowded in January so I can’t imagine how it is in the spring, but it was a fabulous walk!

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Greg Shropshire
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Nice wide trail with a few spurs to add on some extra mileage.

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Christopher Feggins
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Alex Lindner
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PJ Adkins
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Suzy Delong
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Josh Davis
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Scott Wolfson
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Really beautiful variety of views, wildlife, and trails. Nice and wide, very well-maintained. Dutch gap is a true treat!

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Francisco Borelli
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Great fall leaves, industrial walk was just a little meh

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Bill Taylor
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Nothing wrong with the trail per se. More so it is just a walk along a hard-packed road. A few decent benches to look out over the water to observe birds when active. Easy for dogs. If I lived nearby, I'd come fairly often as it would be a quiet spot to get some exercise in (biking, walking, running)

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Stacy Abbott
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Josh Young
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Dog friendly, very lightly trafficked, and well marked!

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John Jacobs
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corrina taylorsoltys
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