PAN Access Advisory
Goose Creek, VA, at US 50
by Bing Garthright, 301-330-1225, August 2004
The “historic old stone bridge just downstream from Route 50” mentioned in Corbett’s Virginia Whitewater is no longer a reasonable access point. Some big money has closed the road to the bridge from the east end and probably donated the west side for a historical site. Vehicle access any closer than 300 yards to the west end of the bridge is uncertain because of lockable gates. Getting up to the west end of the bridge is a very steep climb of 30 to 40 feet up a slick dirt path. The historical marker claims that the bridge is the longest surviving turnpike bridge in Virginia, and was the site of a memorable civil war skirmish. It should certainly be noted while floating under.
PLEASE NOTE: Private owners and organizations never invite paddlers to use their land. Most are kind enough to tolerate it. Just as we paddle at our own risk, we use advisories, parking spaces, and access sites at our own risk.