Spring has to be close now and as soon as we start having a few days in the 60’s and 70’s there will be a rush to get out to our great Virginia State Parks. There’s a day use park down inthe Williamsburg area that has some great multi-use trails.Taskinas Creek Trail. The trail starts in the day use area to the left of the contactstation where you pay your parking fee. It drops down and then skirts the edge of the marsh for a while where youget a chance to view both fresh and salt water species of plants as the trail moves back and forth between the two environments. While hiking this trail I have had the chance to see various reptile and amphibian species along withdeer, bald eagles,osprey,and so many other species.During the summer months you will also see thousands of fiddler crabs that will scurry away to their protective hole as you getclose.
One of my favorite trees in the parks is also on this trail. About 3/4 of a mile in on your left you will see this massive tulip popular tree that looks like it has some type of growth bubbling out of it. I love standing and looking up there.Part of the reason the tree has grown so well, isthat there is a natural spring to theright, which even in the driestof summers allowed it to keep drinking. After following along the marsh for a while the trail heads back up and follows a ridge. There are some great views from here and thechance to studythe upland woods. The whole hike is a little under 2 miles and offers a geat diversity for the nature lover. Enjoy!