Essex County Virginia


Essex County Parks and Recreation

Essex County Parks and Recreation Department runs a number of sports activities for youth and adults. Call at, 804-443-2470. Visit their webpage for the latest program offerings.

L.I.F.E. School of Art

L.I.F.E. School of Art, offers an array of visual, performing, voice and musical classes for all ages. When possible, VilDon utilizes local teaching artists as instructors. The overall mission is to uplift and enrich the lives of youth, families and the communities in the rural Northern Neck and surrounding counties using the visual, performing and literary arts as a conduit. L.I.F.E. School of Art is conveniently located at 422 S. Church Lane in Tappahannock, VA  22560 Phone: (804) 450-0590. Visit the L.I.F.E. School of Art website to view classes and schedule.

Boating and Fishing

Marinas and boat facilities in the area include June Parker Marina at 531 Church Ln. in Tappahannock, 804-443-2131 and Harborside Storage at Garrett's Marina, Bowlers Wharf, 804-443-0190.

Fishing is open to all of the waters of the Rappahannock River and tributaries with an approved Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries license. Tappahannock Rt. 360 bridge is the designated boundary between the Saltwater and Freshwater tidal waters and the appropriate fishing license is required. For more information call 804-367-1000.

Flotilla 3-10, " Callao" was established in 1977 and continues to build on its legacy of service to the boating public in the Northern Neck of Virginia  and  support of Coast Guard Stations on the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers. Auxiliary members who lived along the Potomac River and its many tributaries in the Northern Neck chartered Flotilla 3-10 in July 1977. We have over a 30-year tradition of teaching courses, checking boats for safety equipment and search and rescue. Flotilla 3-10 members work with CG Station St. Inigoes who are, “Guardians of the Potomac”. Flotilla 3-10 is also active on the Rappahannock River in the Tappahannock area and supports the Coast Guard Station in Milford Haven in all facets of the Auxiliary mission.
Visit the Flotilla 3-10 Coast Guard Auxiliary Website.

Public boat ramps are available in Tappahannock at the end of Dock Street. Public and Marina Ramps are also available throughout the county on both the Rappahannock and it's tributaries. See the chart below for Route numbers and the number of the buoy on the Rappahannock closest to the ramp.

Marina Ramps 

  • Garrett's Marina   804-443-0190   Rt.660, Bowlers Wharf Buoy#19
  •  June Parker Marina   804-443-2131   531 Church Ln, Tappahannock Buoy#32

Public Ramps  

  • Tappahannock   Dock Street Buoy#30 
  • Piscataway   Rt. 17 Buoy#29  

Fitness Center   

River Fitness Center  
1025 Hobbs Hole Drive, Tappahannock

Aerobics, cardiovascular and strength equipment, free weights, indoor track, racquetball, basketball, volleyball, outdoor tennis courts, and summer programs for kids.

Tel: 804-443-0500  Fax: 804-443-0063 
Email: [email protected] 


Hobb's Hole Golf Course Review detailed Golf Course pages including course layouts, course distances and par, and contact info.

Hobb's Hole Golf Course - Email  
The Hobb's Hole Golf Course and Restaurant are located behind the Tappahannock Wal-Mart. They are open daily from 7 a.m. to dark. For more Information please call 804-443-4500 - ask for the Pro - Troy Thorne. In the main club house you will find the Pro Shop with a wide array of clubs, golf balls, hats, shoes, and other golfing apparel. Hobbs Hole's practice facility includes a large bent-grass putting green and a well-maintained bermuda driving range with bunker and chipping green. Check the web site for a full list of Tournament events.

Public Parks  

Marsh Street Park, Tappahannock, run by Essex County Parks and Recreation Department. For further information call 804-443-2470


Swimming Pools   

Marsh Street Pool, Tappahannock, Open June to August, closed for the 2020 Season,

Marsh Street Pool and Park are open weekends only Memorial Day through 6-15-18. Saturday 11am to 7pm and Sunday 1pm to 7pm.
Beginning June 15, 2018 the Pool and Park will operate Tuesday-Saturday 11am-7pm and Sunday 1pm-7pm.
The Park and Pool are closed on Mondays.

Admission is $1.50 per day for County residents and $3.00 for out of County users, 804-443-2470 (Parks and Recreation Office) or 804-443-5511 (Pool).
Read the Pool rules.

Rappahannock Recreation Association Pool, Airport Rd., Tappahannock, Members and guests only, 804-443-3560

Tennis Courts   

Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center provides tennis courts as well as racquetball, see listing above.