Backbone Trail

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Backbone Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Williamsburg, Virginia that features a lake 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.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
95 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

From I-64, take the Croaker exit (231B), go north one mile on rt 607 (Croaker Road). Turn right and go one mile and a half on rt. 606 (Riverview Road).

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.

hiking
Monday, January 02, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

I love this park and have been here many times.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

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

hiking
Thursday, March 17, 2016

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

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.

hiking
Thursday, August 20, 2015

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

hiking
Sunday, April 26, 2015

I had planed on spending the day Saturday but it rained all day. Why hike in the rain if you don't have to? So I went today and it was sunny and cool Perfect hiking weather!!! It was so beautiful. The trees had small leaves and the dogwood were in bloom.

hiking
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, April 05, 2015

Love this Place, they offer a variety of trails for any level. A group of us have begun hiking and biking- we range from beginning to advance… Having stated that each person feels satisfied hiking here. I will note sometime going in the morning is a little busier than in the afternoon so if your looking for solace go at a later time. The views are spectacular. Taskinas is my favorite, it gives me the difficulty I like and the serenity I look for.

hiking
Monday, March 30, 2015

This park offers the most variety of any trail set in the region - from woodlands to open meadows, wetland vistas, fossil beach and great elevation changes with switchbacks. I stop here whenever traveling through the peninsula.

walking
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Short trail but lots of good photo ops on this trail.

trail running
Friday, July 11, 2014

Great selection of trails that are well maintained. Quite a variety of single track and double track trails. Very pretty overlooks that make the run that much more enjoyable. Taskinas creek trail was good single track with some decent elevation change. Mattaponi, backbone, and the trail from the visitor center to fossil beach are all pretty much flat double track.

hiking
Sunday, May 11, 2014

My friend and I hiked several of the trails there at Yorktown. We favored the Fossil Beach best, if you travel down further than what's normally expected you see a lot of untouched and non trashed parts of the beach. Watch out for the little sand crabs as your walking! I would also suggest not to go barefoot, there are a lot of barnacles and sharp shells that would destroy your feet and possibly send you to the hospital. We tried a little fishing and didn't catch anything sadly. All in all it is a fantastic park with many different trail options to choose from. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.

hiking
Friday, October 25, 2013

Outstanding Fall day to hike this trail, short and sweet!

hiking
Sunday, June 23, 2013

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.

hiking
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

We hike this park often. There is lot of variety. The rangers are nice here too.

hiking
Sunday, June 09, 2013

York River is one of my favorite parks, although all Virginia State Parks are wonderful. I have the pass (available at any Virginia State Park) and I get a lot of use out of it. Some of the parks seem to have more of a theme while others like York River and First Landing have a wide variety of scenery. Be sure and do the Tankanis Creek Trail and Fossil Beach while you are there but there are many other great trails, from easy to leg burners.

hiking
Monday, May 27, 2013

Nice trails.....The day I went saw a couple lizards which always makes the hike more enjoyable.

hiking
Thursday, May 16, 2013

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

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