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York River State Park - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Destination Report
Nearest City: Williamsburg, VA
Difficulty: Easy
Submitted by: jaygresh

Description:

The park has about 4 miles of shoreline on the York River. Launch from Croaker Landing and head downstream. There are cliffs along the shoreline that hold fossils from thousands of years ago. Bald Eagles tend to nest here giving them a great view of competing osprey and the fish they prey on.

The cliffs are broken up by marshes with small streams flowing into the river. Such locations are great for birders as heron and egrets can be seen feeding in the shallows. Anglers have success fishing these locations as well.

The largest of these marshes is along Taskinas Creek. Paddle into the creek and use the facilities at the visitor's center or stretch your legs at the seining beach at the river access area.

Accommodations:

Croaker Landing has a motor boat ramp and a large fishing pier. Paddle to the main section of the park on Taskinas Creek. There you will find the visitor's center, contact station, gift shop, picnic shelters and nearly 30 miles of trails.

Fees:

Parking at Croaker Landing $6 (to cover the cost of our boat launch and pier).

Parking at the main section of the park is $2 on weekdays, $3 weekends.

Directions:

From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 (Croaker Rd.) for one mile, then right on Route 606 (Riverview Rd.) about one and a half miles to the park entrance. Take a left turn into the park.

Launches:

Croaker landing has a small sandy beach that is perfect to launch from.

There is a dock at Taskinas Creek. But, there is a significant hill leading up to the visitor's center and parking lot.

Contact:

York River State Park
5526 Riverview Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Phone: (757)566-3036
e-mail: yorkriver@dcr.virginia.gov

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


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