Visitor Center to Canoe Launch

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York River State Park

Visitor Center to Canoe Launch is a 0.2 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.

Distance: 0.2 miles Elevation Gain: 13 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

paddle sports


bird watching





wild flowers


The trail down to the canoe launch. There are views all the way. Ranger guided canoe trips are offered on Saturday and Sunday.. A steep trail down to the water's edge. You may choose the switchbacks or the steps.

Thu Jan 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.

nature trips
Thu Jun 06 2013

The views are incredible from top to bottom. There was an Osprey sitting by the dock when I got down but unfortunately my presence scared him away.