Directions to Regattas

botanical gardens

(Norfolk Botanical Gardens)

  •  Take I-64 East toward Norfolk.
  • Take Exit 279 for Noview Ave. E toward Norfolk Int’l Airport
  • Merge onto Norview Ave.
  • Turn left onto Azalea Garden Rd.
  • Slight right onto Botanical Gardens Rd.

 

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(Occoquan)

    • Take I-64 West towards Richmond
    • Take 295 North toward Washington DC
    • Pick up 95N toward DC
    • Take I-95 to the Lorton exit (Route 642)
    • Go right onto Route 642 (Lorton Rd.) to Furnace Road (Route 611)
    • Bear right onto Furnace Rd. to Ox Road (Route 123)
    • Bear right onto Ox Road and go 1.2 miles to Hampton Road (Route 647) also marked by a sign for Fountainhead Regional Park
    • Left on Hampton Rd. to Van Thompson Road

Bear left onto Van Thompson Road to Sandy Run Regional Park. (The speed limit is 25 mph–strictly
enforced).

Do not bring dogs to Sandy Run Regional Park.
Parking fee at Occoquan is usually $10. Also noteworthy, this race site is a large park,
extremely hilly and requires a strenuous walk to the viewing stands although a shuttle is also available
for $2.00 each way. You can set up chairs at the waterside but it does require a steep uphill walk back
to the top. Restrooms consist of port-a-potties that fill up quickly and run low on supplies, so come
prepared. Concessions are usually available. T-shirts- Sales will go fast!

Photo taken by Bruce Nelson
Photo taken by Bruce Nelson

Williams Wharf (Mathews)

  • Turn right on Route 17 Business after you pass Wal-Mart.
  • Turn right onto Route 14 at the first stop light.
  • Follow Route 14 until you reach a stop sign (about 12 miles).
  • Turn right onto Route 14/Route 198.
  • Stop at the first stop sign.
  • Turn right again ( there will be a Hardee’s here).
  • Drive about 2 miles and turn right on Route 614.
  • Follow to the end of Williams Wharf.

There will be parking in an open field on the left before you get to the Wharf for families. They will have a shuttle bus run the rowers and parents in to the regatta area.

Driving time is approximately 2-2.5 hours. Scheduled departure time could be as early as 4:30AM. Parking is approximately one half mile offsite, but a shuttle is provided. Large bulky items (such as large coolers) are allowed, but a struggle. Because of the location, weather can be unpredictable. Blankets and layered clothing are encouraged. Bathroom facilities are the temporary kind and can be (ahem) short of supplies. Better to bring your own. Limited food choices are available (sometimes better than others).

The road to the parking lot is paved; the actual parking lot is not. No seating is available. Viewing rails along the wharf are excellent locations for taking pictures and to watch the races. There will be parking in an open field on the left before you get to the Wharf. There will be a parking fee. A shuttle bus runs the rowers and parents down to the regatta site.

 

Hampton Roads Rowing Club: club hosting annual HOTL regatta
Hampton Roads Rowing Club: club hosting annual HOTL regatta. Click picture for link to site

Lafayette River- To Lakewood Park where the teams handle the boats. (Not a very good place to see the rowing)

  1. Starting from the Coleman Bridge (York River Bridge). – 12.7 Mi.
  2. South Rt. 17 Merge onto I-64 E toward Hampton/Norfolk. – 18.4Mi.
  3. Take the US-460/Granby St/I-564 exit, EXIT 276, toward Naval Base. – 2.7 Mi
  4. Merge onto US-460 W/Granby St via the exit on the left toward VA-165/Little Creek Rd.
  5. Before the Lafayette River Bridge. Turn left onto Willow Wood Dr. – 0.8 Mi
  6. Turn Left at Lakewood Park and follow others to the back of the Park.

Lafayette River- A good place to watch rowers on the course. (About 5 min from Lakewood park)

  1. Starting from the Coleman Bridge (York River Bridge). – 12.7 Mi.
  2. South Rt. 17 Merge onto I-64 E toward Hampton/Norfolk. – 18.4Mi.
  3. Take the US-460/Granby St/I-564 exit, EXIT 276, toward Naval Base. – 2.7 Mi
  4. Merge onto US-460 W/Granby St via the exit on the left toward VA-165/Little Creek Rd.
  5. Across bridge over the Layafette River. Turn right onto Delaware Ave.
  6. Enter next roundabout and take the 1st exit onto Colonial Ave.
  7. Colonial Ave becomes Mayflower Rd
  8. Look for the river and park along the road. Bring your own chairs

 

 

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