One of the things that made the Taskinas Creek Trailso popular was the bridges. Some crossed the smaller freshwater feeder creeks.
There was also the main bridge which spanned a portion of the marsh. The new trail takes a more upland route and will not cross large stretches of wetlands. For some, this will be a disappointment. But,we believe visitors to York River State Parkwill enjoy what we have done.
Valley View from the Trail
The new trail is more of a challenge for hiking with rolling ravines and hills. The changes in elevation provide a mountain-like experience with some impressive peeks of the Taskinas Valley below in the fall and winter. There are crossing points where guest can see springs flow and grow wider as they head to the creek.
While the bridges will be gone, three of the overlooks will remain in tact. Birders and photographers will be treated to impressive views of Taskinas Creek as it meanders its way through the marsh.All of the favorite wildlife such as bald eagles, green herons, and the occasional otter can be seen from the overlooks and some stretches of the trail at the edge of the marsh. More overlooks may be added in the future.
Panorama of the Taskinas Valley
We will miss crossing the bridges. But, the new Taskinas Creek Trail will give park guest a new perspective of the creek ecosystem from trickling springs to the broad, open marsh.
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.
Drive Time : Northern Virginia, two to three hours; Richmond, one hour; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, one hour; Fredericksburg, two hours; Roanoke, five hours.