“Water trails” and “blueways” are used synonymously in Virginia to reference linear river and stream corridors. Water trails and blueways are recognized for offering an array of recreational opportunities, both from the water and the land.
Not all trails are on land. Water trails are becoming more and more popular. Water trail users get an up-close look at the great outdoors from a different vantage point. Virginia, a water-rich state, is also water-trail rich. There are about 1,200 miles of water trails in the commonwealth, including the Captain John Smith Chesapeake Bay National Historic Trail. Water trails provide access along rivers, streams, the Chesapeake and lakes while providing opportunities to learn about an area's natural, historical and economic assets.
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