Welcome to Blueways

Mathews County, VA.


Mathews County is located on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia and has over 200 miles of shoreline on only 87 square miles of land. In addition to its Chesapeake Bay shoreline, there are three tidal rivers and over fifty navigable creeks with loads of access sites. We're just ninety minutes east of Richmond. Mathews County Visitor and Information Center has created the Mathews Blueways Water Trail, an interconnected system of five separate water trails spanning the waters of Mathews County and totaling over ninety miles of cruising. We also provide an excellent trail guide.

The paddling is exceptional!  Mathews County is a peninsula jutting into the Chesapeake and Mobjack Bay. No one knows where the heck we are, and that means lots of un-crowded areas to explore. A paddler has a diverse array of settings in which to paddle, as well as historical and natural sights to view, including the third oldest lighthouse, New Point Comfort, on the Chesapeake Bay, a tide mill, steamship wharves, quaint fishing villages, and birds galore! Launching is convenient with 18 public launch sites along the trails.

Visitor Center


Gateways Network

New Point Comfort
Mathews Maritime Foundation
National Park Service
federal highway administration department of conservation and recreation
Mathews County