Gloucester Point Beach Park is located on the bank of the York River near where it flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The park offers a large, shady, and grassy area with picnic areas and a shelter. The swimming area and sandy beach are perfect for enjoying the beauty of the Bay while sunbathing, wading, or building sand castles. The park has bathrooms, a picnic shelter, grills, sandy beach, fishing pier, boat ramps and a seasonal concession stand. A local business maintains the salt water license for the pier so anglers do not require individual licenses.
The Park is open year round for passive recreation. The restrooms and concessions stand are provided seasonally.
(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)
No charge for using the park
Rental of Picnic Shelter is $30 for 1/2 day (9am-2pm or 3pm-8pm) or $50 for a full day (9:00am-8:00pm)
Gloucester Point Beach offers a wonderful opportunity to swim and fish along the York River. Food, drink, restrooms, outdoor showers, water, and a shady deck are provided at the Beach house, and a picnic shelter may be rented for gatherings. The shelter is conveniently located near the playground, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, restrooms, outdoor shower, concessions stand, beach, and fishing pier. There are also several small, free picnic sites with picnic tables and charcoal grills located at each site.
For those who want a break from the beach, consider driving over to Tyndall's Point Park. Only a short distance away from the Beach, Tyndall's Point played an important role in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Also adjacent to the public beach is the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Teaching Marsh and Coastal Forested Wetland Walk.
Restrooms are available from April through October. A port-a-john is maintained year round at the site. The concession stand is open from May through August and hours vary with school year. One boat ramp is currently available and a second is scheduled to be significantly enhanced beginning in the fall of 2004. The fishing pier was totally rebuilt following Hurricane Isabel and is lighted during the fishing season.
Bathrooms, concession stand and fishing pier are handicapped accessible.