It always amazes me how many Richmonders have never heard of York River State Park. It’s less than an hour drive from here, on the eastern side of Williamsburg, and it’s absolutely beautiful. If you’ve never been, there’s a good chance to check it out coming up. Maybe take the kids for something different as summer winds down.
Taskinas Creek where it enters the York River. Credit: Virginia DCR
York River SP’s Estuaries Day offers canoeing, kayaking, fossil hikes and wagon rides focusing on Taskinas Creek on Saturday, Aug. 24. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no charge for the event, however there is a $3 per car parking fee during festival hours.
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science boat will offer tours provided there are enough advance registrations. You can register by calling the park at 757-566-3036. Kayak and canoe trips are offered on a first come, first served basis with sign-up available the day of the festival. There is no charge for any of the boat tours or trips.
Special displays and activities from partner organizations including VIMS, the Mattaponi-Pamunkey River Association, and local Master Naturalists will be featured. Radio station Movin 107.7 will be broadcasting and giving out prizes on site from 10 a.m. until noon.
York River State Park is located on the York River with 8,000 acres of coastal forest and wetlands. The park features mountain biking, hiking and equestrian trails in the park’s main area as well as the Croaker Landing fishing pier and boat launch area. The park is part of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System.
For more information about state park activities and amenities, or to make reservations in one of the 25 parks with camping facilities or 18 parks with cabins or family lodges, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.
About Andy Thompson
I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?