Mattaponi Trail to Fossil Beach

MODERATE 16 reviews
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Mattaponi Trail to Fossil Beach is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Williamsburg, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

2.2 miles 141 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

A beautiful walk along the York River bluffs. If you are interested in taking a fossil home, check with the park rangers. This trail follows the York River most of the way. At one point you are between the river and a lake. There is a lookout right before the trail drops down to the beach.

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hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail in a nice park. I love YRSP.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Great Nature walk, uncrowded

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
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1 year ago

walking
1 year ago

Beautiful Walk - I wouldn't call this a moderate hike as listed, I didn't exert any energy really. The views are majestic. Very serene walk, really nice for couples or just to enjoy nature. I have been about 4 times and each time is peaceful, never crowded, and very clean. Side note - Bring your Iphone or camera phone because you'll be stopping every 100 feet. The way it is set up you can even climb off the path to take pictures and just sit. Great place for a picnic too.

2 years ago

One of m favorite trails at this park. Very scenic, bring your camera!

2 years ago

One if my favorite morning walks.

walking
2 years ago

It was a nice walk. Very serene.

hiking
3 years ago

This trail was so beautiful, with long, splendid views.

hiking
3 years ago

Pretty AND interesting, and easy path down to it!

hiking
3 years ago

A beautiful trail with veiws most of the way. And you wind up on a beach. You pass by a fresh water fishing lake.

hiking
3 years ago

This beautiful trail is located in the York River State Park. It starts near the visitor center, follows the river past a pond, past Fossil Beach and then turns inland through forrest and marsh. I did not find any fossils but you can obtain a permit to take one home.