Building, Riding, and Maintaining Trails in Southeastern Virginia

York River State Park

York River State Park, Williamsburg VA

Location:
5526 Riverview Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188

Directions:

From I-64 take exit 231B onto Croaker Road (Route 607). Turn right onto Moss Side Lane after 1 1/2 miles. At the end of Moss Side Lane bear right onto Riverview Road. Turn left onto York River Park Road after 1 1/2 miles. York River Park Road ends at the parking lot and visitor center.

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York River State Park is a beautiful river front park that offers over 2500 acres of nature and history.

The park is known for its delicate estuarine environment where fresh and salt water come together.

Park Facilities currently include a park office, estuary exhibits, restrooms, a bike wash, two playgrounds, a small pond, archeological sites, and plenty of parking.  All trails at the park are designated equestrian, hiking, biking, or multi-use.  This park has lots to offer, bring the family and make a day of it! There is a required VA state park parking fee.

Check trail maps at the park for locations of all trails.  Maps are available at the park office and at 2 trail kiosks along the back bone trail.  Trails are sometimes re-routed and may have changed since you last rode them!  Carry a map and cell phone with you, plan your route, and pay attention to all signs,.  Always know where you are on the trail!  In an emergency, you may need to refer to the trail name and last emergency access point or trail feature that you passed.

Map pdf url:   http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/documents/yorkriver.pdf

The park offers approximately 16 miles of designated single- track mountain bike trails, in addition to 15+ miles of double- track, multi-use trails.

The Back Bone Trail is the main, multi-use fire road which runs east from the parking lot and offers access to all other park trails.

The Black Bear Run Trail is a short, 2-way, single track trail which parallels the Back Bone Trail for about 1 mile and exits near the entrance to The Marl Ravine Trail. This is a quick warm-up trail that offers an abundance of roots and a several small hills.

The Laurel Glen Trail is a short trail (about 1.3 miles) running counter-clockwise.  It offers some mild downhill’s and short climbs, as it leads to both the Bob Cat connector trail and the short Chesapeake Challenge Trail (.3 miles).

The Marle Ravine Trail is the original 6.5 mile, single-track loop at YRSP. This trail runs counter-clockwise and it is the most challenging trail at the park. The Marl Ravine trail offers challenging roots, switch backs, short, steep ascents, flowing descents, and 4 wooden bridge crossings.  A bail-out just before the 2nd bridge allows you to ride a much shorter loop (approx. 2.5 miles).

The Bobcat Run Trail is a 3 mile lollipop-shaped trail.   The “lollipop handle,” which can be ridden in both directions, is accessed from The Laurel Glen Trail.  It connects to a counter-clockwise loop.  The loop has great natural flow and offers some challenging ascents and descents.  The “lollipop loop” can also be accessed from the Back Bone Trail just east of the Marle Ravine trailhead.

John Blair Trail is the newest trail in the YRSP trail system. This bi-directional trail traverses eastward crossing the park’s existing fire roads, allowing single-track access to some of the most beautiful areas of the park.  This trail is still under construction and all signage is still rudimentary, but the first 5.5 miles was officially opened on June 8th of 2013.  Stay tuned as this trail gets fully developed.

 

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