York River State Park

Williamsburg, Virginia 23187

York River State Park

York River State Park Professional Review and Guide

"At 2,550 acres, York River State Park encompasses a great diversity of terrain and ecosystems. Visitors likewise enjoy numerous options for exploring the park’s estuarine marshes, the sandy shoreline of the tidal York, and the wooded ridges overlooking both. This balloon hike can be extended to the east or west.

Prior to English colonization, Mattaponi and Pamunkey Indians inhabited the York River shoreline. As settlers converted former hunting grounds to crop fields, the tribes withdrew inland and upriver along their namesake tributaries, which converge to form the York 10 miles northwest of the park."

York River State Park Reviews

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Nice trail 5 minutes from downtown Richmond. Half of the hike is on a wide gravel path/road used heavily by mountain bikers. Other half is on a dirt path through the woods. The woods section is beautiful. It is hard to imagine you are that close to the city. The hike is easy and fast. When at the northwestern part of the circuit, you can take a path across a small inlet to the 42nd Street Island. When you come out the other side of the path, you will behold beatiful views of the James River (with loads of rocks to lounge on) and a view of the Richmond skyline.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
Boat Launch/Ramp, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Biking
Additional Use
Park office (757) 566-3036
Local Contacts
At the park and online at dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks
Local Maps