Northern Neck

A short drive from most of the big Mid-Atlantic cities, a visit to the Northern Neck is truly a step back in time and an opportunity to experience the road less traveled – or paddled, as it were.

The Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation has created a Story Map that follows the scenic views along water trails in the Northern Neck Heritage Area.

The interactive maps provided on the Virginia Water Trails website are to highlight the trail routes. They are not intended for navigational use. Please obtain NOAA navigational maps when planning your trip.


The Northern Neck is the northernmost of three large peninsulas (traditionally called “necks” in Virginia) on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. This peninsula is bounded by the Potomac River on the north and the Rappahannock River on the south. It encompasses Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties.

Quiet creeks, tranquil rivers and wetland marshes abound.

Find your water trail below:

Northumberland County Water Trails

Cockrell Creek

Coan River

Upper Great Wicomico

Lower Coan River

Richmond County Water Trails

Cat Point Creek Water Trail

Totuskey Creek Water Trail

Morattico Creek & Lancaster Creek Water Trail

Westmoreland County Water Trails


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