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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. The unique estuarine enviornment is found at this 2,550 acre park serves as a nursery for the marine life throught the Chesapeake Bay. Taskinas Creek and the surrounding marsh within the park are designated as a Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System in Virginia Hiking only trails include: Beaver (.45), and Mattaponi (.85). Hiking/Biking trails are: Woodstock Pond (.79), and Backbone (1.73). Mountain bike only trails include: Black Bear Run (.25), Laurel Gleen (1.26), and Marl Ravine (4.38). Meh-te-kos Trail (4.22) is bridle only. All other trails are multi use: Pamunkey (.85), Spur (.35), Majestic Oak (.74), Powhatan Forks (1.57), Riverview (1.44), White Tail (.76), and Dogwood Lane (.76). Taskinas Creek trail is closed until further notice. The park has over four miles of shoreline along the York River. Taskinas Creek is approx. 3 miles round trip from it's head waters to it's confluence with the York. Rental canoes and kayaks are availiable or paddlers my bring their own boats. Woodstock Pond is for rental boats only.