What to do in York River State Park

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

5526 Riverview Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188-6732

Phone: 757-566-3036

Email: pco@dcr.state.va.us
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