York River State Park

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York River State Park

Virginia

(757) 566-3036

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Overview

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.

Map of York River (VA)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.391709, -76.714096

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Activities

  • Boating

    Motorboats are allowed only on the river. Rental boats have no motors. Guided canoe and kayak trips begin at the visitor center. Park guests learn about salt-marsh ecology on the Taskinas Creek canoe trip or about the natural and cultural history of the York River on the kayak trip. Paddleboats, jonboats, canoes and kayaks can be rented for use on the pond.

  • Bicycling

    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. No bike rentals at park.

  • Fishing

    You'll find great fishing in three areas of the park. Freshwater anglers will find bluegill and largemouth bass in Woodstock Pond. A Virginia fishing license is required. Boats are available seasonally for rent on pond. Only rental boats are allowed on the pond.

    The York River, where catfish, spot, croaker, striper and crabs are plentiful, is accessed at Croaker Landing. The landing has a boat launch dock, a 360-foot fishing pier, parking and restrooms. The pier is licensed so those fishing on the pier need no salt-water license. Those fishing from boats and the shore, however, must have a Virginia saltwater fishing license. Parking and launch-fishing pier fees are required at all times.

    Taskinas Creek, which has catfish and white perch, requires either a valid saltwater or freshwater Virginia fishing license. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent at the creek.

  • Hiking

    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.

  • Horseback Riding

    Bring your own horse, horseback riding is permitted.

  • Picnicking

    Three picnic shelters that overlook the picturesque marsh or York River may be reserved by calling the Reservation Center. Shelters 1 and 3 hold up to 35 people; shelter 2 holds about 75. Also, 40 picnic tables throughout the park are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Playground equipment also is available (two sets conveniently near picnic areas). All shelters have grill, picnic tables and access to restroom and playgrounds.

  • Water Sports

    Canoeing, kayaking, boating, and fishing are some popular water sports in this area.

Seasonality/Weather

Rental equipment is available for use on the creek and the pond from April 1 through the end of October.

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Directions

Driving

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.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(757) 566-3036

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