New website highlights local waterways

Outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore the Middle Peninsula waterways like Captain John Smith, wade in the waves like a waterman, or paddle the bays, creeks and rivers of the Commonwealth’s premier rural coastal Virginia region can now plan their outing and experience more easily thanks to the newly launched Virginia Water Trails interactive web site.

Created by the Rural Coastal Virginia Alliance thanks to a grant initially funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Water Trails web site exists to present unique ecotourism activities and destinations for locals and visitors to easily enjoy.

“Our mission is clear,” said Lewie Lawrence, Executive Director of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission. The Peninsula Planning Commission is a member of the Rural Coastal Virginia Alliance. “We aim to connect locals and visitors to our world-class ecotourism destinations.”

Virginia Water Trails is available at

and includes interactive maps and details about water trails and tourism destinations available throughout rural coastal Virginia, including the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Eastern Shore.

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