The Historic Taskinas Plantation Tour Hayride will take place
at York River State Park on July 14 and August 11, 2012
Guests enjoy visiting York River State Park for the outdoor adventure opportunities we offer. Our equestrian, hiking, and mountain biking trails are considered among the best in the state. Paddlers can choose from exploring a serene pond, winding creek, or a broad river. Fresh and saltwater anglers are finding plenty of their favorite species willing to bite their lines.
Archeologist/Ranger Jerome Traver with guest at an historic site
However, we also have our historic/cultural side. Due to the park's proximity to Virginia's Historic Triangle, many clues to our colonial past can be found here. For example, we have the remains of a "corduroy road" from the late 1600s that can be seen at our canoe and kayak launch during low tide. The road was built in the marsh with layers of oyster shells and logs so that heavy loads of tobacco could be hauled into the marshes to smaller boats used to take to the ships headed for London.
A replica of where a 17th century fort once stood
To take in more of the history of our park, you'll want to make a reservation for our Historic Taskinas Plantation Tour Hayride. Staff Archeologist Jerome Traver has discovered the remains of many places that are hidden to untrained eyes. A blacksmith's shop, wheel wright shop, and slave quarters were discovered along Riverview Trail.
A lesson at Fort Replica
The Historic Taskinas Plantation Tours will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday July 14 and August 11, 2012. The cost is $3 per person, $8 for a family of four, or $25 for a group of 10. Please call(757) 566-3036 for reservations to guarantee a space on this popular tour. Of course, you don't need the hayride to experience these sites since bikers, horse back riders, and hikers can access them from our trails.
Relics of the past are found along our trails
York River State Park is located in Williamsburg, Virginia. 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 mile to the park entrance. Take a left turn into the park.