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Well manicured lawns greet and parallel visitors as they travel back to this riverside park
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Well manicured lawns greet and parallel visitors as they travel back to this riverside park
Description - Once the site of a 17th and 18th century tobacco warehouse, York River has one of the Virginia's finest outdoor environmental education programs at this 2,505-acre park. It is known for its interpretive programs offering an educational look at freshwater and saltwater marshes.

Attractions - This lovely day use park is situated along the Taskinas Creek and York River. York River is a very well manicured park with new playground and picnic facilities. Healthy butterfly gardens grace the entrance to a very educational visitor center where the Chesapeake Bay estuary system, fossil samples and an archaeological and geological history of the area are featured. Remnants of the historical tobacco warehousing industry are still apparent, especially at low tide. The York River was a very important waterway of commerce for centuries. Even in the 16th century, Mattaponi and Pamunkey Indians transported fur, fish and pottery along this route. When the colonists settled, they used this waterway to transport their tobacco and other farm products. Today it is still used for transporting goods but is also used by recreational and commercial fishermen.

Recreation - This park is known for its abundant hiking, biking, equestrian trails and guided canoe trips. There are no overnight facilities, but Chippokes State Park, which is just a short drive away, offers those accommodations. Fishing, hunting, canoe rental and picnic shelters are available. There is no swimming. The park is handicapped accessible and even offers a trail specifically for those who are physically challenged.

The historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown are just minutes away. Chippokes State Park, which offers overnight accommodations is approximately 30 - 40 minutes southwest in Surry County. Busch Gardens and Water Country are a few exits southeast on I-64.

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 I-64, take Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Rt. 607 for 1 mile. Turn right onto Rt. 606. The park entrance is on the left about 1.5 miles.

Directions from : From Williamsburg, take I-64 north to Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Rt. 607 for 1 mile. Turn right onto Rt. 606. The park entrance is on the left about 1.5 miles. Park in the first parking area on the right and hike Woodstock Pond south .8 mile until it intersects with Backbone Trail and turn right onto Backbone for approximately .8 mile to the intersection of Majestic Oak.


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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: As my friend said when we were leaving, "This park has so much atmosphere and ambience!" And I couldn't have said it better myself. From the marsh to the wooded trails, this is a lovely park. Lots of wildlife: herons, crabs, squirrels, black snakes. Just driving up to the entrance takes you past a horse farm! Lots of shady shelters and two or three nice playgrounds.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
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Contact Information:
York River State Park, 5526 Riverview Road , Williamsburg, VA, 23188-6732, Phone: 757-566-3036
, pco@dcr.state.va.us

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 State Parks - Virginia State Parks are special places where visitors find a tonic for mind, body and spirit. Thirty-four parks help visitors learn about the natural and cultural history of the Commonwealth.

Links:
Chippokes State Park - Official agency Website
Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce - Local Interests
York River State Park - Official agency Website

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