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York River State Park

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Photo Credit: Virginia Dept. Conservation & Recreation

Just outside of Williamsburg sits a state park with a mission.

Preserving part of the York River is the park’s main objective, but the park officials also want to extend to the public a place where visitors can enjoy all that this area has to offer.

York River State Park succeeds in both accounts. With part of the land along the river set aside as a preserve, visitors will find that there is still plenty of room for fishing, swimming, boating and hiking.

Within the 2250 acres of York River State Park freshwater and saltwater come together providing an ecosystem that is unlike what you’ll find in most other state parks.

This setting means that there is an abundance of marine life and the fishing is great.

York River State Park is also home to hiking and biking trails as well as some trails that are appropriate for horses.

While hiking, visitors should be sure to keep watch for some of the many birds that call the park home. Some are here year round while others are just passing through.

Some visitors may even be fortunate enough to spot one of the bald eagles that have been seen in the park.

York River State Park is only for use during the day, and does not offer any overnight accommodations. Several nearby camping alternatives are nearby.

Dogs are welcome on the trails, but they must be kept on a leash at all times.

York River State Park is a great choice for water related activities including boating and fishing, but it is also wonderful for wildlife spotting and hiking.

Special activities are available such as kayak trips, fishing lessons, fossil hikes and nature programs that are designed specifically for kids.

One popular activity is the moonlight canoe trips that are offered from May through October.

One of the special events held at York River State Park is Stewardship Virginia. This event is dedicated to teaching people how to care for the environment and protect the gifts that nature has allowed us to enjoy.

York River State Park

Parking is available at the park
There are no overnight facilities
Handicap accessible: Yes. Some of the park is handicap accessible.
Pet-friendly: Yes, but pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Public bathrooms: Yes
Directions: From I164 take the exit 231B and continue on Croaker Road for about a mile. Turn right on Riverview Road and the park entrance will be on the left.

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