dogs on leash


wild flowers


nature trips




kid friendly

mountain biking



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.

This is a pretty trail. I walked this trail with my parents, starting at the visitor’s center and taking woodstock pond trail south, then to the turn north again towards fossil beach, which is called mattaponi trail. It’s a fairly easy walk, perfect for families. Very little change in elevation. In total we walked roughly 2 miles in an hour and a half. After heavy rain last night, there were small puddles, but nothing that is impossible to avoid. Fossil beach is beautiful, we saw a butterfly santuary with a dozen+ butterflies. It was very lightly trafficked, but then again, it was a monday.

1 month ago

Lovely views of the creek with many overlooks. Seemed more on the easy side than moderate. If you are quiet, you can see crabs sneak out of their muddy homes. $4 to park. Nicely marked and well kept.

Great trail. I am a runner and I am starting to get experience with trail running. I had to slow down a few times because the trail was narrow and I didn't want to slip into the embankment. Otherwise, I recommend. Good inclines. Not a lot of roots. Beautiful views.

3 months ago

Nice hiking trail. Not long or hard, mostly flat with a lot of bugs. Lots of sea shells to look for on the beach.

Nice views lovely for hiking

Very low impact hike highly recommend the views are amazing.

4 months ago

Great trail. Well marked. Hiked with 2 small dogs. Nice views with little to no traffic ( early April). Nice variations in grades and landscape.

Favorite trail in the Hampton roads area so far, but still pretty new to the area. We saw about four juvenile eagles too.

6 months ago

Nice trail to view marsh and creek. Didn't see much birds during this trip but could be the time of year.

I love this trail. Make sure you sign the log book! Lots of solitude and great views. Switchbacks and elevation make it just challenging enough. I have slipped a few times on the leaves in the fall after rain, so keep your footing.

good local hike. can tie this trail to others @ park Good overview of York River wetland areas.

Nice short trail for the family and dog friendly. Started off next to a pond and then ventured through the woods until you reach the beach. The beach is pretty and there are lots of shells to be found. Overall, a nice day trip.

11 months ago

It was great!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

More hills than you'd expect for Southeastern VA. Very muddy in several spots. Wear good shoes. Watch out for snakes on trail.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Liked the hills on this trail, not difficult at all. Can't wait to try other trails at YRSP.

trail running
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Yeah, nice run did the creek loop North, pretty good hills
Then did the river section South and it was nice and flat

Nice nature center and camp store.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Supper short, but scenic. It is steep going down so you will be glad it is short when you go back up. I think I did this back around 2014.

Monday, January 02, 2017

A beautiful park with views along river, beaches and plenty of miles to hike for the day.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Really fun to hike. Very narrow in places. I wouldn't recommend this if it's recently rained as with all the switchbacks and slopes it could be treacherous. Great views of all the scenery in the park.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Did this last year. The park is beautiful at night.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

I love this park and have been here many times.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Nice trail in a nice park. I love YRSP.

Great Nature walk, uncrowded

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Beautiful views and nice easy trails. Very well maintained park facilities too!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

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

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Another nice trail in York River State Park.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

This is a nice trail in York River State Park. I have hiked this trail several times but the location is wrong. I will suggest an edit.

trail running
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Taskinas Trail was great, beautiful views throughout the trail. Looking forward to exploring more of the park.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This part of the York River is beautiful by daylight but even more at night. Many Virginia State Parks have ranger led night hikes. York River State Park is no exception. We had to run the las half mile because the sky started flashing and booming. I made it to the car with only about 3 drops of rain. There were bats, bugs, two deer, a skunk, and much more. Some of my pictures came out too dark, but others are okay.

Load More