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Dutch Gap Run

Intermediate

Trail

4.7 mile 7.5 kilometer loop
100% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 89' 27 m
Descent: -95' -29 m
High: 42' 13 m
Low: 0' 0 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)

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Trail shared by Omar Delgado

A loop run around Dutch Gap Conservation Area.

Omar Delgado

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Closed from dusk to dawn. Closing times are posted at entrance and vary according to sunset.

Overview

A loop that leads runners around a tidal lagoon where numerous species of birds and an abundance of other wildlife can be found. The area includes a blue heron rookery.

Need to Know

There is no cost to park at Henricus Park located at 341 Henricus Park Road (Conservation Area).

Description

The Dutch Gap Conservation Area surrounds Henricus Historical Park where you'll find woodlands, wetlands, and the old James River channel created when Sir Thomas Dale attempted in 1611 to shorten the river distance by channeling a bypass. During the winter you can observe the “graveyard” of submerged barges and several islands. Dutch Gap also provides a boat landing on the James River.

Flora & Fauna

Numerous species of birds and an abundance of other wildlife can be found.

History & Background

This trail is adjacent to the city of Henricus, the second successful English settlement in the New World.

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Photos

Sunrise on the James
Oct 31, 2018 near Enon, VA
The White Blaze Trail affords visitors great views of the Dominion Power Station.
Dec 6, 2016 near Chester, VA
A deciduous treeline makes for a pretty sight from the fishing dock on the Red Blaze Trail.
Dec 6, 2016 near Chester, VA

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