York River State Park
Williamsburg, VA
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: York River State Park offers visitors an opportunity to experience the environment of a coastal estuary. The park is known for its rare and delicate environment, where freshwater and saltwater meet to create a habitat rich in marine and plant life. The main focus of the park is to preserve a portion of York River frontage and its related marshes, while providing an area for passive day-use recreation for visitors. York River State Park served as a role model for all of Virginia's state parks in developing resource management plans. The park's natural resources make it a significant place for environmental education at all levels.
Location / Directions: From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 for one mile, then right on Route 606 about one and a half miles and turn left on York River Park Road. The day use area is approximately 2 miles down this road.
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Address: York River State Park
5526 Riverview Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188-6732
Visitor Phone: (757) 566-3036

Freshwater and saltwater fishing are available at several areas in the park (valid Virginia freshwater and/or saltwater fishing licenses are required). Boating: rental boats are available April through October for use on a freshwater pond; guided canoe trips and rental canoes are also available; motor boats are allowed only on the York River. Bicycling rentals available April through October.

Interpretive programs: pontoon boat tours; Native American programs; canoe trips on Taskinas Creek; Junior Rangers/Nature Explorers; Pre-school Prowlers; fossil hikes; nature hikes/games; wildlife observations; marine life; night canoe trips; ghost night hikes; seine netting and estuarine life studies; fishing clinics; children’s programs; beach activities; hay rides and campfire programs; various workshops.

Biking Birding and Wildlife Viewing Boat Access Camping Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Picnicking Canoeing / Kayaking

Operating Hours: See below.


  • 10 am to 4 pm: $2 per adult and $1 per child.
  • Other weekday times: $1 per car.


  • 8 am to 6 pm: $2 per adult and $1 per child. Maximum fee per car is $5.
  • Other weekend times: $2 per car.

Parking for buses is $8. The park also offers special packages that include admission fees and other park amenities; contact the park for details.

Visitor Facilities: Visitor Center: Visitors to York River can learn more about the value of the coastal estuary to the environment and about the area’s historical significance by touring this facility. Activities in the center focus on the history, use and preservation of the York River and its marshes. A small wet lab, resource library and variety of equipment and animals are available for use by school groups for environmental education activities.
Size: 2,505 acres
Accessibility: Paved path along native plant arboretum leads to canoe dock. ADA restrooms in day use area. Boat launch restrooms are ADA accessible. One-half mile, self-interpreted, paved path around day use area. Three-fourths mile (one way), primitive, backwoods, ADA trail. (Depending on ability, assistance may be required.) Amphitheater is handicapped accessible. Visitor center. Wet lab with live exhibits (in season) Paved path leads to picnic shelters 1 and 2.
Website: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/parks/yorkrive.htm

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