An oasis of nature in an urban setting. And a national model for urban river restoration.

Stroll along the forested trails and waterside boardwalks at Paradise Creek Nature Park and it’s hard to believe this was once one of the nation’s most polluted areas. Today, it is a national model for urban river restoration, a place where nature, industry and humans beautifully coexist. Created by the Elizabeth River Project and dozens of stakeholders, Paradise Creek Nature Park is operated as the City of Portsmouth’s 3rd largest public park. More than just a place to relax and escape, it is a symbol of resilience, designed to teach future generations about the importance of bringing our urban rivers back to life.

What’s at the Park?

  • Restored Wetlands For Paddling And Nature-Watching 
  • 2 Miles Of Handicap-Accessible Trails
  • Fred W. Beazley River Academy 
  • Wetland Learning Lab
  • Earthworks Mound
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Urban Tree, Butterfly & Fitness Trails
  • Kayak Launch Close To Parking
  • Educational Displays
  • Free River-Friendly Parking
  • Boardwalk And Wetland Footbridge
  • Wildflower Meadow
  • Picnic Tables 
  • River-themed playground with original mural

Welcome to Paradise

40 Acre
Public Park
11 Acres
restored wetlands
2 miles
of trails

Park & Trail Map

Open Year Round

March - October
6:30am - 7:30pm
November - February
7 am - 5:30pm
Park Location
1141 Victory Boulevard, Portsmouth, VA

Gardens at the Park