Northwest River Park

Chesapeake, VA
Length: 2.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Located near the VA/NC line in Chesapeake, Northwest River Park offers miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails, as well as boat rentals, disc golf, and camping.

The main gravel trail and the Deer Island trail are both very family friendly.  They run parallel to one another, and each offers a 2.5 mi out-and-back hike to the river (or take one out and the other back to create a loop). The main gravel trail is wider and better maintained to offer vehicle access to the river. Deer Island is more rugged and can get muddy, but is more secluded and offers better chances to view wildlife. There are also two large bridges on the Deer Island route, which are always fun for kids. Both trails are 3-wheel stroller friendly.

Other trails around the park are longer and more rugged, and best for carrier only hikes or older kids.

The front of the park is home to a ranger station, the main trailhead, a stocked lake, boat rentals, camping, and a Little Free Library. Toward the far end of the park, out the last parking lot, is a disc golf course, playground, and small amphitheater.

Mosquitoes and ticks make most of the trails in this park inhospitable in the summer, but it is a lovely place to hike in the cooler months.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Playground, Shaded Hike, and Wildlife Viewing

Two bridges on the Deer Island trail give kids fun landmarks to look for.
Be sure to check out the Little Free Library by the ranger station!

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Ranger station, lake, and main trailhead are across from the first parking lot.
Disc golf and playground are out the far side of the last lot.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Mom of 3 boys, residing in northeastern NC.

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.