York River State Park

Williamsburg, Virginia 23187

York River State Park

York River State Park Professional Review and Guide

"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."

York River State Park Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Skill Level
1-4 hours
Open daily year-round, 8 a.m. to dusk.
York River State Park, 5526 Riverview Rd., Williamsburg (757) 566-3036 dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/yor.shtml
Local Contacts
USGS Gressitt; state park maps available at www.virginiaoutdoors.com
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Jul 2018