Backbone Trail

EASY 6 reviews
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Backbone Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Williamsburg, Virginia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles 200 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running






This is a nice trail taking off near the visitor's center and crosing several other trails.

7 months ago

10 months ago

If you love York River State Park, you have probably done this one.

1 year ago

Really nice trail approx. 2 miles - I think its best to hike not bike we did both. Be mindful that its east to get turned onto another trail when on here as we ended up doing 3 times. They all intersect and loop around each other. The markers can be a bit misleading, so if you want it to be a 5 or even 4 mile just pick up the Dogwood or Majestic when they intersect and you'll increase your mileage plus take advantage of the different terrains.

mountain biking
2 years ago

3 years ago

Backbone Trail starts at or near the York River visitor center, depending on how you interpret the map. Its starts off being a paved trail but quickly turns into a gravel road after you pass the entrance to the park. The entire length is about 2.04 miles long and although the trail is pretty uneventful keep in mind that just about every other trail in the York River park intersects or originates from the Backbone Trail. I recommend hiking Backbone Trail to the very end and working your way back to the Visitor Center via all the other surrounding trails.

3 years ago

From the beautiful York River to the spender of the forrest. This is a nice trail on a nice day.