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York River State Park, Williamsburg

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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 site contains evidence of Native American habitation throughout the Woodland period (c. 1000 B.C. - A.D. 1600). It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
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 via Exit 231-B of Interstate 64, which is signed "Croaker-Norge." The old Richmond-Williamsburg Stage Road, now U.S. Route 60, also is nearby.

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  • Pretty and clean park. A popular trail is the 1/2 mile each way trail to fossil beach. If you like exploring the beach check the tides and visit at low tide. Beautiful large trees.  more »
  • Great scenery and walking paths! Other than the hassle to pay for parking (not used to that for state parks) this was a fantastic experience.  more »
  • My family has made this place a regular destination for weekend walks, taking photos, picnicking and simply enjoying the outdoors. We especially enjoy spending time searching for shark teeth and other fun finds at Fossil Beach. It is a very clean, well-maintained park with nice trails... quite picturesque. Lots of wildlife, flora and fauna to see. The little nature “museum” is very interesting and informative and the “rangers” are friendly and helpful too. Nice clean bathrooms too (and that means a lot!). Great place for family get-togethers or events. Highly recommend!
  • Very big park! So many trails. Very cool. I've seen people biking and walking their dogs. Lovely park. There is a playground in the beginning for children.

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