York River State Park
Williamsburg, Va. 23188-6732
phone: (757) 566-3036
York River State Park
is located near the unincorporated town of Croaker in James City
County, Virginia on the south bank of the York River about 10
miles downstream from West Point.
The York River is formed from the
confluence of the Mattaponi River and the Pamunkey River at West
Point. The York River empties into the Chesapeake Bay about 30
miles downstream from Croaker Landing.
In the state park, the historical
Croaker Landing is an archaeological site listed in the National
Register of Historic Places since 1987. The name
"Croaker" is believed to have derived from the abundant
quantity of Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus), an
inshore, bottom-dwelling fish found in the Chesapeake Bay at the
mouth of the York River.
The town of Croaker was known in
its early history as Taskinas Plantation. It was the site of a
17th and 18th century public tobacco warehouse where local
planters stored their crops to be shipped to England.
York River State Park opened in
1980. It is accessed from Exit 231-B of Interstate 64, which is
signed �Croaker-Norge.� The old Richmond-Williamsburg Stage
Road, now U.S. Highway 60, also is nearby.
PICNIC SHELTERS: Three picnic shelters
that overlook the picturesque marsh or York River may be reserved by
calling the Reservation Center. They can be rented for the entire day,
8 a.m. to dusk, or for a half-day, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or from 3
p.m. to dusk. Shelters 1 and 3 hold up to 35 people; shelter 2 holds
approximately 75. Also, 40 picnic tables throughout the park are
available on a first-come, first-served basis. Playground equipment
also is available (three sets conveniently located near picnic areas).
LOCATION: 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.
Drive Time :
Northern Virginia, two to three hours; Richmond, one hour;
Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, one hour; Fredericksburg, two hours;
Roanoke, five hours.
Official Website: York
River State Park
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