York River State Park

York River State Park, Williamsburg: Address, Phone Number, York River State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

York River State Park
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Mark P
Lancaster, VA219 contributions
Aug 2020
Well, that was a swell afternoon. There are plentiful trails designated for hikers, bikers, and equestrians (Who, by the way, are the loudest species of sapiens in the woods). There's adequate parking and restroom (please clean) facilities. The staff are quite knowledgeable and helpful. The cleared coastal spaces are well organized and offer views and cooking facilities.
The trails are where this place shines. I'm a transplanted CA mtb'er. Never before been on a one-way bike trail until York State Park. Didn't have to worry about another biker hurtling toward me when rounding a blind corner. Not that I ever hurtle when riding. Trails are high canopied and wander up and down shallow ravines or coast through open forested woodlands. On my late summer and fall ( I returned after my first visit) I saw: a thousand squirrels, a pileated woodpecker and scores of local birds, a rattlesnake, a huge black snake, a deer corpse being devoured by about 15 vultures, a couple of bunnies and gobs and gobs of a variety of mushrooms.
Written October 22, 2020
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Carol B
Williamsburg, VA57 contributions
Jun 2019
Great way to spend the afternoon taking a walk at York River State Park . The park is next to the lovely York River and a informative museum is on the hill beside the river.Be on the look out for bald eagles.
Written January 19, 2020
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panzer03
Myrtle Beach91 contributions
Sep 2011 • Couples
Look on the website. No license require to crab or fish from the pier.
Written December 5, 2011
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moorefamily19
Arlington, VA57 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
We've visited this park twice now as a fun stop while traveling between D.C. And Williamsburg or VA Beach. It's an easy half mile walk to the fossil beach, where fossils are plentiful. You can only collect one per person. But it's a fun excursion for kids and a good way to stretch your legs. We saw lots of osprey on our last visit too!
Written May 2, 2018
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Michelle C
Kansas City, MO92 contributions
May 2015 • Family
Fossil beach is worth the hike. You also are allowed to take one fossil with you, it will be hard to choose! Beautiful hikes.
Written May 27, 2015
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Allons!
Gloucester, VA140 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Took the dog with us...a great Monday afternoon together...perfect weather...we walked the trails down to Fossil Beach...enjoyed the fresh COVID free air, the sights and smells of nature! Lots of mushrooms growing alongside the trails. Well worth the visit! Restrooms were clean and sanitary as well!
Written November 3, 2020
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Wendy P
Philadelphia, PA11 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
The james River is so serene and immense that looking upon its beauty reminds you that there is a God. Everything He made is a wonder to behold. A must see if you go to Williamsburg, VA
Written July 14, 2019
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DGardJr
Orefield, PA192 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Park is very well maintained with many different trails in varying lengths. The trails were marked very clearly and the maps were easy to read. There is plenty of parking, they have a nice visitors center, and the fee to enter was $5. We did see different wildlife while on the trail; some frogs, a snake, a crane, and an osprey. It was worth the visit.
Written June 23, 2019
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Bob D
Richmond, VA146 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
Ok, I love this park so much I took a job last summer as a seasonal park ranger for my special 50th birthday treat for myself. Who else can say that! I have visited this park as a state park season pass holder more than any other! Marshes, fishing, kayaking, osprey and eagles, and fun fossil hunting at Riverview beach all await. I finally found a pristine Ecphora predatory snail shell too. It is destined for a local museum so everyone can enjoy it, and is between 3 and 5 million years old! Colonial Williamsburg is just a short drive away, making this a perfect day trip for kayaking when you tire of looking at old things and listening to tour guides. Go listen to osprey and kingfishers and there are river otters here too! You just might see one, as they are not horribly shy. Last summer, a pod of dolphins came up the York River every morning, and returned back towards the Chesapeake Bay at sunset between early June through Labor Day weekend.
Written May 5, 2018
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,431 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
York River State Park is known for its rare and delicate estuarine environment, where freshwater and saltwater meet to create a rich habitat for marine and plant life. Located 11 miles west of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, near the unincorporated town of Croaker in James City County, Virginia, on the south bank of the York River about 10 miles downstream from West Point, where the York River is formed from the confluence of the Mattaponi River and Pamunkey River. The York River empties into the Chesapeake Bay about 30 miles downstream from historical Croaker Landing, which is an archeological site listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1987. The site contains evidence of Native American habitation throughout the Woodland period from 1,000 BC to 1,600 AD. The town of Croaker was known in its early history as Taskinas Plantation, the site of a 17th and 18th century public tobacco warehouse where local planters stored their crops to be shipped to England. Opened in 1980, York River State Park's pristine 2,531-acre environment offers clues to a rich natural and cultural history and hosts fossil beds and Colonial and Native American artifacts. More than 30 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails allow visitors to explore the marshes, river shoreline and forests. At the visitors center, programs and activities and exhibits focus on the history, use, wildlife and preservation of the York River and its marshes. A boat ramp, fresh and salt water fishing spots, a fishing pier, playgrounds, picnic shelters and seasonal boat and recreational equipment rentals are available. 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. From York River State Park, visitors have an opportunity to visit some of Virginia's historic sites, including Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. For families and young children, Busch Gardens amusement park also is in the neighborhood. To reach York River State Park, from I-64, take the Croaker exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 for one mile, then right on Route 606 about 1 1/2 miles to the park entrance.
Written March 9, 2017
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