York River State Parkhas opportunities for everyone to enjoy the outdoors.
Fossil Beach. More adventurous guest can enjoy the loop between Majestic Oak and the Powhatan Forks or the secluded beach at the end of Riverview.
These beauties aren't far away
But, what if you are unable to hike a great distance? Guest with limited mobility or with very small children and infants need notfeel left out of the loop. In fact, York River offers fantastic views and wildlife sightings along the paved "Bluebird Loop" around the visitor's center.
Begin your journey toward the left side of the center to see the Taskinas Creek Overlook. The overlook was built by a local Boy Scout troop and offers a terrific view of the entire creek valley. There is a spotting scope for guest in scooters and wheelchairs to spot the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System.
Bluebirds aren't the only ones flying around here
Keep straight behind the building to enjoy the view from the gazebo. From there, you will see the confluence of Taskinas Creek and the York River. This is a great place to watch paddlers on their adventures and Bald Eagles will perch in the dead tree on the other side of the creek. When not in use, feel free to have a little picnic on the amphitheater. You may also opt to follow the pavement down to the canoe and kayak dock, or just enjoy the flowers along the native plant arboretum.
The loop's namesake has a home directly behind the center. The charming bluebirds are accustomed to people. But, forbetter viewing,you may want to avoid the bench. Just a little ways beyond thebluebird box, anosprey nesting platformstandsnearenough to the riverbank to photograph these great birds with a point-and-shoot camera with a modest zoom lens.
From here you can complete the loop around the building, or cut through the visitor's center.
Directions to York River State Park: 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.