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Home > Visit a Gateway > Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers Water Trail
Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers Water Trail - Mattaponi, Pamunkey, and York Rivers to the confluence with the Bay
Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers Water Trail
The developing York River Water Trail follows approximately 120 river miles along the tidal York, Mattaponi, and Pamunkey rivers. The route spans a diverse landscape through parts of Virginia described and mapped by Captain John Smith in the 1600s. From the tidal waters near the Chesapeake Bay to the rural, fresh water rivers of the Pamunkey and Mattaponi, paddlers can explore natural estuaries and historic sites and lands still occupied by the descendants of native people who lived here for thousands of years before English settlement.

Please note that boating, canoeing, kayaking and other activities on rivers can be dangerous. Obtain a water trail map and guide in advance, plan your trip, and follow all safety precautions.

Hours: Public launch sites are open all day, spring through fall, many year-round. Do not go on the river during flooding, high water, or adverse weather conditions.
Fees: Public launch sites do not require a fee.
For more information about Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers Water Trail call (804) 769-0841 or visit the following website: http://www.mpra.org/.

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