Outdoors & Sports

VSU - TrojansOutdoor RecreationThe great outdoors in Virginia’s Gateway Region includes state parks, wildlife refuges, outdoor racing and festivals, two major rivers and more. For fans of fast cars and sports, there are numerous sports complexes, local pickup games, organized events and sports teams. Virginia Beach, Washington, D.C. and even the Appalachian mountains are so close that they make great one-day excursions. The University of Virginia sporting events in Charlottesville, Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball games, NASCAR races, Shenandoah National Park, and the Outer Banks beaches of North Carolina offer even more opportunities in a 100-mile radius.

Select a community name below for more information about local opportunities for outdoor recreation and sports.

Chesterfield County

Chesterfield County offers a breadth of opportunities for family fun and outdoor recreation. Here are some of the highlights! 


Boat Access

  • Dutch Gap Boat Ramp – 441 Coxendale Road, (804) 706-9690
  • Robius Landing Park – 3800 James River Road, (804) 751-4696
  • Seven Springs Marina and Store – 8631 River Road, (804) 590-3671


Fitness Centers

The City of Colonial Heights

White Bank Park in Colonial Heights spans 22 acres and includes a disc golf course, two playgrounds, two volleyball courts, a fishing pier and boat ramp.

Colonial Heights Sports Backers support the city’s athletic programs and facilities ranging from bowling, track and field to soccer and much more.

Check out the City of Colonial Heights Park System website for additional information and resources.

Boat Access

  • Appomattox River via ramp at Roslyn Landing
  • Swift Creek via ramp at White Bank Park
Dinwiddie County

Take your boat or canoe out on Lake Chesdin or just soak up the sun along the shoreline.

Boat Access

  • Cozy Cove Marina, 713 Sutherland Rd Church Road, VA, (804) 265-9000
  • Lake Chesdin via Chesdin Resevoir ramps
  • Whippernock Marina & Campground, 2700 Sutherland Rd Sutherland, VA, (804) 265-5252

Other Entertainment

The City of Hopewell

Enjoy the outdoor opportunities at the confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers in Hopewell. Highlights include:

The City of Petersburg

Hit the trails or the back nine; or, take the family out to a ball game or bowling alley.

Recreation & Sports

Fitness Centers

Prince George County

Spend a day with the great outdoors in a national wildlife refuge or out on the water, or get your adrenaline pumping with some go-kart racing in Prince George.

Surry County

Besides being within an hour’s travel of Richmond, Hampton Roads, and Historic Williamsburg, Surry County has a lot to see and do.

Sussex County

Sussex County is only a short drive from Richmond, Virginia Beach and Raleigh, NC. With so much to offer outdoors enthusiasts, it’s a must-visit county:

  • Boat access available at Airfield Pond and Nottoway River via Peter’s Bridge boat access
  • For the avid sportsmen and women, Sussex Shooting Sports offers skeet, clay and other shooting sports, with additional hunting and fishing clubs active in the area.
  • Stony Creek Park