York River State Park

Williamsburg, Virginia

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The worm-eating warbler, common to Virginia’s Blue Ridge province, is also found in the coastal environment of York River State Park. After walking through the park’s forests, thick with mountain laurel and holly, shaded by chestnut oaks and American beech, hikers will agree with the songbird: This park feels a lot like Virginia’s mountain regions. Most paths here lead through mature hardwood forests to overlooks onto the York River. Land underfoot holds evidence—pottery shards, arrowheads—of settlement dating from tens of thousands of years ago. Perhaps the park’s most interesting story is still being recorded—that of the Taskinas Creek Estuary, a vital marsh and hardwood swamp monitored by scientists as a gauge of the Chesapeake Bay’s health.
Hiking Virginia

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Hiking Virginia

by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

The worm-eating warbler, common to Virginia’s Blue Ridge province, is also found in the coastal environment of York River State Park. After walking through the park’s forests, thick with mountain laurel and holly, shaded by chestnut oaks and American beech, hikers will agree with the songbird: This park feels a lot like Virginia’s mountain regions.

Most paths here lead through mature hardwood forests to overlooks onto the York River. Land underfoot holds evidence—pottery shards, arrowheads—of settlement dating from tens of thousands of years ago. Perhaps the park’s most interesting story is still being recorded—that of the Taskinas Creek Estuary, a vital marsh and hardwood swamp monitored by scientists as a gauge of the Chesapeake Bay’s health.

© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Williamsburg
Distance: 7.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1-4 hours
Season: Open daily year-round, 8 a.m. to dusk.
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: York River State Park, 5526 Riverview Rd., Williamsburg (757) 566-3036 dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/yor.shtml
Local Maps: USGS Gressitt; state park maps available at www.virginiaoutdoors.com
Driving Directions: Directions to York River State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

1/13/2007
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I had set out for a day hike on a warm winter day. The trail left from a populated state park. All trails were clearly marked, wide, and relatively flat. Perfect for family's with children as the trails were easy enough for children and strollers. I started the hike down Backbone trail. This route didn't offer much seclusion since it mirrored the road coming into the park. I then took short routes down Whitetail trail and Riverview. Riverview offered a spectacular view of The York river, this was a perfect place for a lunch picnic. Overall it was a good day hike for a quick getaway.



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