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Eleven miles west of Williamsburg, York River State Park offers visitors an opportunity to experience the environment of a coastal estuary. This 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 Virginias state parks in developing resource management plans. The parks natural resources make it a significant place for environmental education at all levels.
As the Education Support Specialist here at York River State Park, I have a couple of corrections to add to this site. First, our park has 40 miles of trails. There is NOT ONE 4.5 mile looped trail. What has been outlined is a combination of Taskinas Creek, Backbone, Mattaponi, and Woodstock Pond Trails. Second, Taskinas Creek Trail has been opened since 2012 (http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/blog/taskinas-creek-trail-rebirth-part-1-what-was-lost-3314). It is the left hand portion of the "loop" shown above. Lastly, the photos of Mattaponi, Beaver Loop (it is not a loop), and Pamunkey Trails are incorrect and the Marl Ravine Trail photo is clearly a portion of the York River shoreline. I welcome photos and reviews from the outdoors community. But, I would like for the webmaster of this page to contact me about making some changes for the sake of accuracy.
I've run these trails 3 times now. If you want it to yourself then go early in the morning. There's usually plenty of shells to find on the beach. It is kept up very well, however the last time I went there was a tree down covering one of the trails. If you go when it is humid outside then be sure to bring bug spray. The best part in my opinion is how secluded it is. Will be going back this summer to run.