Places to Kayak in Virginia

Places to Kayak in Virginia
Numerous paddling routes are available in Virginia. Kayakers can visit a state park or join a guided tour to explore Virginia's variety of water trails, including inlets, reservoirs, creeks, lakes and rivers. Casual and avid paddlers alike can learn some of the state's diverse ecology and wildlife while also enjoying the scenery or casting a line for fishing.

York River State Park

This park aims to preserve a part of the York River frontage while providing an area for recreational activities such as canoeing and kayaking. Guided canoeing and kayaking trips that are available at the park include the Taskinas Creek canoe trip and York River kayak trips, where guests learn about the river's history and its salt-marsh ecology. Rentals are available for canoes and kayaks as well as paddleboats and johnboats. Monthly seasonal canoe trips are offered in evenings. After kayaking, visitors can take a break at one of the park's picnic shelters overlooking the water. The shelters have picnic tables, grills, and access to restroom and playgrounds.

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


Mason Neck State Park

Mason Neck State Park is located on the Pohick Bay, Belmont Bay and Potomac River peninsula. Boat launch facilities are available as well as kayak and canoe rentals from the months of April through October. Kayakers can explore the bay and view migratory birds including eagles, tundra swans and assorted duck species. Several wetland areas are also in the park, and visitors with a valid Virginia or Maryland fishing license are welcome to enjoy fresh and brackish water fishing. Kayaking is also available at Kane's Creek.

Mason Neck State Park
7301 High Point Road
Lorton, VA 22079-4010
(703) 339-2385


Guided kayak tours are available from Assateague explorers for those who want to explore the Assateague/Chincoteague Island. The tours feature the opportunity to see many species like wild ponies, osprey, loons, eagles and a variety of shore birds. Starting from Chincoteague Island, the tours wind through the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore, including remote places where kayakers get to see the diverse inner coastal environment of the area. Although rare, dolphins have been spotted on tours. Morning, afternoon, full-day and sunset kayak tours are available.

Assateague Island
Route 175
Chincoteague, VA
(410) 641-1441


Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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