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Description - This preserve protects a globally rare coastal insect called the northeastern beach tiger beetle, the rare least tern which is a marsh nesting bird and a variety of grasses. The preserve allows low impact usage such as educational classes, nature photography and bird-watching.

Recreation - York River State Park offers guided canoe trips, interpretive programs for adults and children, mountain bike, hiking and horse trails. Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown are within a short drive.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The eastern portion of the state has winter temperatures averaging above 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The eastern portion of Virginia generally experiences temperatures above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.

Location - From Rt. 14 in Mathews, Virginia travel east on Rt. 611. Go approximately 4.5 miles to Rt. 609. Turn left heading north on Rt. 609 and travel 2 miles until the road dead-ends. Parking is next to the beach.

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Contact Information:
Virginia Natural Heritage Program, 217 Governor Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-371-2671

Additional Information:
Tidewater, Hampton Roads & Eastern Shore Travel Region - Home to one of America's largest resort cities which has two state parks and a national wildlife area within its borders.

Virginia Natural Heritage Program - Official agency Website
York River State Park - Official agency Website


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