Dodd Park Loop

Chester, Virginia

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This hike takes you through attractive woods down to Ashton Creek Marsh, where a long boardwalk offers a firsthand look at this wetland. The hike then saddles alongside the Appomattox River, where more views await. Be apprised this hike does have some hills as it descends and ascends along a river bluff. This is a hike you wish were longer amid a trail system that you wish was in somewhat better repair. Maybe it will be when you get here. Though it has seen better days, the trails are certainly in well enough shape to use and are walked by many visitors. The natural setting is a bluff overlooking the confluence of Ashton Creek and the Appomattox River. Your hike first drops off the bluff then cruises a boardwalk with a great wetland view. And if that weren’t enough, it comes to another area where the trail overlooks the Appomattox River and Cobb Island standing across from it.

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"This hike takes you through attractive woods down to Ashton Creek Marsh, where a long boardwalk offers a firsthand look at this wetland. The hike then saddles alongside the Appomattox River, where more views await. Be apprised this hike does have some hills as it descends and ascends along a river bluff.

This is a hike you wish were longer amid a trail system that
you wish was in somewhat better repair. Maybe it will be when you get here. Though it has seen better days, the trails are certainly in well enough shape to use and are walked by many visitors. The natural setting is a bluff overlooking the
confluence of Ashton Creek and the Appomattox River. Your hike first drops off the bluff then cruises a boardwalk with a great wetland view. And if that weren’t enough, it comes to another area where the trail overlooks the Appomattox River and Cobb Island standing across from it."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Chester
Distance: 1.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: March through May; September through November
Local Maps: USGS Hopewell
Driving Directions: Directions to Dodd Park Loop

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May 2018