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York River State Park

Hampton Roads, Virginia

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  • An overlook on Taskinas Creek Trail.- York River State Park
  • Fiddler crabs in the marsh.- York River State Park
  • The rich marshlands.- York River State Park
  • Taskinas Creek reaching it's terminus at the York River.- York River State Park
  • Paddlers enjoying Taskinas Creek.- York River State Park
  • Trailside wildlife.- York River State Park
  • Taskinas Creek Trail.- York River State Park
  • A turtle wandering the marshlands.- York River State Park
  • A playground near the visitor center.- York River State Park
  • View from Taskinas Creek overlook.- York River State Park
  • The park's amphitheater with a river view.- York River State Park
  • A volleyball court near picnic areas.- York River State Park
  • Trail leading down to Woodstock Pond.- York River State Park
  • Fishing dock on Woodstock Pond.- York River State Park
  • Beach on the banks of the York River.- York River State Park
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Pros: 
Multi-use trails. Wildlife sightings. Recreation activities.
Cons: 
No camping or lodging.
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Region:
Hampton Roads, VA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
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Adventure Description

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Tucked away on the banks of the York River, just north of Williamsburg, lies York River State Park. The park is over 3,000 acres and is home to countless recreational activities for all ages; including over 30 miles of multi-use trails, canoe and kayak rentals, and fishing opportunities. For hikers, the Taskinas Creek Trail is a 2-mile forested loop with plenty of lookouts over the marshlands of the park. This trail has ample opportunity for spotting wildlife such as osprey and fiddler crabs.

The best way to truly explore the area is by water. An access point where Taskinas Creek dumps out into the river allows paddlers to explore the twists and turns of the creek and paddle into the wetlands. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at the visitor center.

The park also boasts five mountain bike trails and several trails for use by horses. Fresh and salt water fishing can be done within the park (state fishing licenses required). Anglers can catch largemouth bass and bluegill in Woodstock Pond, or try and reel in a catfish from the muddy waters of the York River. The main section of the park is full of picnic sites and shelters, some of which include charcoal grills. A large playground and volleyball courts are also in the area.

The park has been designated a Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. This program was established by the nearby Marine Science Institute of the College of William and Mary. The rich marshlands help students and scientists study life where the freshwater of several creeks flow into the brackish waters of the York River. The area is home to many unique species that thrive in this environment.

York River State Park is for day-use only, and there is no camping or lodging of any type within the park’s boundaries. A day-use parking permit is $4. 

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