Looking for a great trail in York River State Park, Virginia? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in York River State Park ranging from 1.9 to 8.9 miles and from 36 to 108 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

Just bear in mind that backbone trail is supposed to be the access to the various trails in the park. As such, it is basically a gravel road.

York River State Park has a trail network large enough to suite most anyone. For this trip we added Powhatan Fork trail, Beaver trail and the Fossil beach to make right at 7 miles. We saw maybe a dozen people so it was pretty quiet. Expect biting flies and, if you bring your dog, be aware that some of the trails are shared with horse riders. It costs $5 to park.

So many winding trail systems that are awesome, bikeable and easy. They are well marked, However they are not frequently marked. So be mindful when you make a turn that it’s correct. Marsh views are beautiful and eerie and many days you have privacy on the trail for 15-20 minutes at a time.

1 month ago

well marked and lots of trails. option to go fishing and kayaking. our dogs did the trail with no problem.

Good moderate tail that’s on the shorter side! Trail was in good condition with some elevation and had a few nice marsh views.

5 months ago

Fun hike but short. Hiked it both ways just to get some hiking time.

Great trail. It started out cold but you warm up quickly. My GPS said I could park closer to the trail, but that wasn’t true. I had to park at the visitor center. Which was fine, but you then get to this trail via Backbone. The footbridge is super cool. There were a few bikers and two other walkers. Nice and quiet. The beach picture showing this trail is actually just part of the river access at the Visitor Center. I almost missed it. But still a good trail.

It’s a great hike but a bit tricky to find. You have to park at the visitor lot and take the backbone trail. Which is fine, it’s just that my GPS to the park made it seem like there was closet parking to the trail. The beach in the main photo is actually just part of the river access. Not this trail specifically.

6 months ago

Great trail! It was cool and quiet, ever saw another person while exploring with my girlfriend and our pup! The trail is certainly moderate so wear your hiking boots and bring water. Be aware of $4 parking as well. The scenic overlooks of the marsh are really nice and well maintained, however be aware that the last and longest overlook walkway is currently breaking down and could become a problem for a hiker if not cautious. Highly recommend this hike and will be back myself

Mattaponi to Fossil Beach then back along the Woodstock trail. Lovely.

7 months ago

Nice trail with beautiful nature & variety of vegetation. Fossil beach a bit small but scenic of York River.

As long as you don't turn around and continue across the footbridge and return on the Powhatan Forks Trail you'll be rewarded with the best views in the park.

trail running
8 months ago

The picture shown is not the backbone trail; it is the end of the Majestic Oak Trail. All the trails in the park off the Backbone Trail are super nice with great views of the water at the end. The main backbone trail is a less interesting connector that gets you to all the good stuff.

This trail has a sign that says for mountain bikes only no hiking allowed. Heed caution if you are trying to hike it. We went to hike it today and was disappointed that we weren’t allowed we hiked other areas in the park.

8 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails in the area. It has the feel of an actual hiking trail and not a roadway. Beautiful views with lots of observation decks and benches to take it all in.

Very nice wooded trail with a stop along the York river. I also added the 2 segments from the activity center between the York river and the woodstock pond with access to the beach area along the river.

well maintained trail, splits off to many other trails, saw a turkey in the woods, fun day hike

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.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

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.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

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.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Nice views lovely for hiking

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Very low impact hike highly recommend the views are amazing.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

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

Friday, February 16, 2018

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

Monday, February 05, 2018

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

Friday, February 02, 2018

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.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

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

This was a nice stroll through the woods with a few gorgeous views of the river. There were some interesting historical markers along the path which was pretty neat. There were a few easy climbs but nothing to difficult. The trail was wide and clear of debris and roots. FYI there is a $4 parking fee. I only gave it 4 stars because the first part of the trail was not well marked and I did have to back track. Would recommend.

We actually went on another trail that formed a loop back towards the start totaling 5 miles. Nice hike through the woods and leads to a huge fallen oak tree which was cool to climb on :) If your up for more mileage consider continuing on Powhatan Forks trail. It has a few more climbs and a portion is near the York river.

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