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York River 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.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 95 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Lake

Partially paved

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

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Getting There

Parking fees: $2 weekdays, $3/weekends, $6/boat ramp & pier per vehicle.

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/yor.shtml

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).

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Shelby Ballou
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HikingBugs

This was my first time at York River State Park, and I really enjoyed it! Parking was easy after paying the entrance fee, and the bathrooms were clean. I hiked Backbone Trail all the way to the end and back, just to get my bearings. It’s a mostly flat gravel trail that serves as a connector for several other trails. I started the Fossil Beach trail on my way back but turned around because it was crowded. Looking forward to returning and exploring more of the park!

Jennifer Gentry
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Hiking

On Saturday took Backbone to Spur to Majestic and enjoyed the incredible footbridge. Making a 7 mile loop. Trails were plenty shaded after Backbone and we were lucky to have a nice breeze on an otherwise humid May Day. Had to wait 5 minutes to get in as Park was at capacity. Can’t wait to go back and explore more trails.

Nicole Boyd
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Hiking

Great trails for walking, biking, and running. It was a bit crowded on a Sunday, but it’s also during a time where parks are the only place for people to go (Covid-19) Nice views of the river and the beach area is cool. Kid and dog friendly with grassy areas for you and your family to picnic. Loved spending my afternoon here!!

John Warther
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Running

First run in Virginia, was worth the $5 parking.. Trails have numerous washes, sand and Rockies trails. Watch your footing.. killer plank bridges made it worth while with tons of awesome views..

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Caleb Olson
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Hiking

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.

Hilary
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Hiking

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.

Bill Speidel
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Running

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.

Chris Denby
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Hiking

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

m garvey
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Running

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.

Emily Kenyon
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Hiking

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

Elena Tate
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Hiking

I love this park and have been here many times.

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

Elena Tate
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Hiking

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

Ethan Taylor
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Running

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.

Tyler Mahool
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Hiking

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

Alan Bourne
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Hiking

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.

Cotton Family
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Hiking

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.

Cotton Family
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Hiking

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.

Jim Setzer
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Hiking

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.

Cary Paul
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Walking

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

Kourtney Galvin
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Hiking

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.

Meriwether B.
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Hiking

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

Mark Manning
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Hiking

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.

Elena Tate
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Hiking

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

Alan Bourne
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Hiking

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.

Mike Hummer
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Hiking

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

Alan Bourne
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Hiking

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

Katie D.
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Hiking

Extremely clean park areas and the trails were clearly marked. Great for an easy run, as there are practically no inclines. One thing I learned quickly about this park is to bring the bug spray! The biting flies are incessant. Other than that, very enjoyable and relaxing.

Alan Bourne
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Hiking

It was a beautiful day for a walk. For a short beginners trail, this trail has a lot to offer. From big river to quiet woods. You walk past a fishing lake and a little furthur down you come to a side trail to Fossil Beach.

Josh Blue
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Hiking

We've done Taskinas loop and the leg to fossil beach. Great trails for kids. There is a lot of wildlife/interesting things to look at. $3 on the weekends

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