Things to Do in Colonial Williamsburg, VA

Things to Do in Colonial Williamsburg, VA
Williamsburg, Virginia is a living reminder of our nation's history. Founded in 1699, this historical town was once the capital of the Virginia colony. Outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike may enjoy the historical landmarks throughout Colonial Williamsburg while taking to the trails for a day of mountain biking or hiking. With the York River prominently flowing through the heart of Williamsburg, kayakers and canoeists can spend a day or more traveling in through pristine backcountry marshland.

Hike Greensprings Greenway Interpretive Trail

Three miles in length, the Greensprings Greenway trail circuits protected wetlands, beaver ponds and lush forests. Fitted with interpretive signage throughout the length of the path, hikers can learn more about the environment and historical events of early colonists, and wildlife that call the area home. The trailhead to Greensprings Greenway is also convenient for adventurers looking to set off on the Virginia Capital Trail via foot or bike.

Greensprings Greenway Interpretive Trail
3751 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 259-5360

Kayak New Quarter Park

Featuring more than 545 acres of old growth forest, meadows, ravines and tidal wetlands, New Quarter Park is a haven for outdoor adventure. In addition to the scenic hiking and mountain biking trails, visitors can rent or bring their own kayak and travel the waterways located within the park. On the third Saturday of each month, a park intpreter leads a kayak trip from 9 a.m. until noon.

New Quarter Park
1000 Lakeshead Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 890-3513

Mountain Bike Freedom Park

Rich in history, Freedom Park is the site of an eighteenth century graveyard and the Revolutionary War Battle of Spencer's Ordinary in 1781. Open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until sunset, mountain bikers can set off on over five miles of designated mountain bike trails located within the park. Containing more than 689 acres, Freedom Park trails wind through historical sites, forests, creeks and open meadows.

Freedom Park
5535 Centerville Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188
(757) 259-5360

Canoe York River State Park

Located 11 miles west of Williamsburg York River State Park sits upon a delicate coastal estuary that is rich with marine and plant life. Visitors can bring their own canoe or rent one from April through October of each season. Covering over 2,505 acres, exploration is endless. Canoeists can launch from a paved path equipped with facilities located near the entrance of York River State Park. Interpretative tours are also available for all ages along Taskinas Creek.

York River State Park
5526 Riverview Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188-6731
(757) 566-3036

Article Written By Patricia Poulin

Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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