York River State Park
Williamsburg, VA

Park Size: 2,550 acres

HISTORY:
York River State Park takes its name from the river along its border, which is formed from the joining of the Pamunkey and Mattaponi rivers at West Point, 10 miles upriver from the park. Croaker Landing, found within the park, is an archaeological site included in the National Register of Historic Places.

Known in its early history as Taskinas Plantation, this was the site of a 17th and 18th century public tobacco warehouse where local planters stored their crops to be shipped to England. Remnants of wooden "corduroy" roads dating from this period can still be seen along Taskinas Creek at low tide. The park was opened in 1980 to preserve the unique environment and the land that was so significant to the early history of the state.

THINGS TO DO:
York River State Park is a day use park that has no overnight accommodations.

There are no designated swimming areas.

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.

Great fishing in three areas of the park - Woodstock Pond, The York River and Taskinas Creek.

Motorboats are allowed only on the river. Rental boats have no motors. Guided canoe and kayak trips begin at the visitor center.

Visitors to York River can learn more about the value of the coastal estuary to the environment and about the area’s historical significance by touring the Visitor Center. Activities in the center focus on the history, use and preservation of the York River and its marshes. A small wet lab and various equipment are available for use by school groups for environmental education activities.

Canoe trips on Taskinas Creek; kayak trips on the York River; fossil hikes; nature hikes/games; wildlife observations; marine life; night canoe trips; ghost trail hayrides; seine netting and estuarine life studies; fishing clinics; children’s programs; Virginia’s State Parks: Your Backyard Classrooms; various workshops.

Estuaries Day: September. Held in coordination with the Chesapeake Bay National Estuaries Research Reserve System in Virginia, Estuaries Day is an annual celebration of estuaries or tidal rivers. Activities include displays, children’s activities, boat trips on the York River and guided canoe trips.

CONTACT INFO:  
York River State Park
5526 Riverview Road
Williamsburg, Va. 23188-6732
Phone: (757) 566-3036
yorkriver@dcr.virginia.gov
Photo credit: Photo by John Gresham, Va. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation.

LOCATION: 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.

Learn more about park offerings by calling 1-800-933-PARK or email resvs@dcr.virginia.gov.

Visit at: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/yor.shtml