5526 Riverview Road,
Williamsburg, Va. 23188-6732
phone (757) 566-3036
Located 11 miles west of Williamsburg, York River State Park offers visitors
an opportunity to experience the environment of a coastal estuary. This
park is known for its rare and delicate environment, where freshwater
and saltwater meet to create a habitat rich in marine and plant life.
The main focus of the park is to preserve a portion of York River frontage
and its related marshes while providing an area for passive day-use recreation
for visitors. York River State Park served as a role model for all of
Virginia’s state parks in developing resource management plans. The
park’s natural resources make it a significant place for environmental
education at all levels.
From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 (Croaker
Rd.) for one mile, then right on Route 606 (Riverview Rd.) about one and
a half miles to the park entrance. Take a left turn into the park
None, but there are five bridle trails in the park.
Hiking, bicycle and bridle trails. More than 25 miles of hiking, biking
and equestrian trails provide access to the park’s beautiful and
diverse natural areas. There are six bicycle trails, some of which share
use with equestrians and hikers. Two are exclusively mountain bike - a
six mile single track mountain bike trail (Marl Ravine Trail), which is
for advanced riders. Laurel Glen Trail is a 2-mile beginner/intermediate
mountain bike trail. The half-mile Black Bear Run Trail connects the other
two mountain bike trails.
Time to Park from: Northern Virginia, two to three hours; Richmond,
one hour; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, one hour; Fredericksburg,
two hours; Roanoke, five hours.
York River State Park takes its name from the river along its border,
which is formed from the joining of the Pamunkey and Mattaponi rivers
at West Point, 10 miles upriver from the park. Croaker Landing, found
within the park, is an archaeological site included in the National Register
of Historic Places.
Known in its early history as Taskinas Plantation, this was the site
of a 17th and 18th century public tobacco warehouse
where local planters stored their crops to be shipped to England. Remnants
of wooden "corduroy" roads dating from this period can still
be seen along Taskinas Creek at low tide. The park was opened in 1980
to preserve the unique environment and the land that was so significant
to the early history of the state.
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