James City County’s Mid County Park update

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Several renovation and construction projects are underway at Mid County Park, all part of the Master Plan to refocus park activities from less team sports to more community recreation and to address aging equipment, safety and parking. Many park amenities will remain such as the basketball, tennis and volleyball courts and the walking trail.

• The baseball fields will be redesigned with landscaping to offer more large open space for family activities such as picnics, kite-flying and ball play opportunities. The light poles and fencing are being removed and the press boxes and dugouts will be eliminated. The light poles will be moved to Jamestown High School to light their baseball and softball fields.

• A new playground will be built to replace the aging Kidsburg and a new Park Office will provide larger restroom facilities and vending areas. The new playground will be a more modern structure; however, many of the theme aspects of the current playground will remain.

• Construction and renovation of the playground and office will be completed in stages and should be finished by spring 2013.

• A plaque will be installed at the park to honor its history and those individuals and groups who supported the park through fence picket purchases and as volunteers and businesses who helped make Kidsburg a community success.

Anyone who purchased a Kidsburg fence picket and would like it back can call 757-592-0495 for information on how they can pick up their picket in the fall.

You can watch for future updates on this website or follow the renovations at the County’s website or by phone, 757-259-5360 or email parks.rec@james-city.va.us

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Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area-Charles City County

imageChickahominy Wildlife Management Area
12510 Eagles Nest Road

The Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area includes 5,217 acres of woodlands, tidal creeks and marshy guts bordering the Chickahominy River and Morris Creek.  The area is managed by the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries primarily for upland wildlife and is a stop on the Virginia Birding & Wildlife Trail.  The Wildlife Area is a popular site for hunting during winter months and for fishing, boating and birding in the spring, summer and fall.  Primitive overnight camping is permitted within the Wildlife Area.  The area has a number of hiking trails, but they are not maintained.  Amenities include a boat launch, fishing pier and firing range.  For directions and printable map of the Wildlife Management Area visit  www.dgif.virginia.gov/wmas/detail.asp?pid=1.

imageThe management area gains its name from the Chickahominy River which forms the area’s eastern boundary. To the south, Morris Creek flows through the area and then along its southern boundary. Other smaller tidal creeks and marshy guts cut into the forests to provide additional wetland diversity. The upland, though mainly wooded with mixed hardwood and pine stands, also features cultivated, mowed and “old field” openings. The area’s 5,217 acres are contiguous although there are some interior, private properties. Nearly level, elevations range from about 25 to 50 feet.

Hunting

Hunting opportunities on the Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area include those for deer, turkeys, squirrels, rabbits, doves and waterfowl. Agricultural crops beneficial to wildlife are planted annually. Timber is sold to to create small clearings and mowed trails provide linear openings and create “edge” to further enhance existing habitat. White- tailed deer are abundant. Turkeys use the area extensively, and squirrels are plentiful during most years. Open areas and woodland “edges” sustain fair quail and rabbit populations. Ducks are common and use the beaver ponds as well as tidal waters adjacent to the property. Waterfowl is hunted primarily by floating blind, hunters being allowed access on a first come basis. Stationary blinds are not allowed.

Fishing

Morris Creek is a good largemouth stream and also provides excellent fishing for crappie and catfish, including channel, blue and white. Many of the smaller tributaries are also productive. The species mentioned above also occur in the Chickahominy River as it passes the management area. Additionally, the river often provides good fishing for striped bass and yellow perch.

Other Activities

The Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area is excellent for observing and photographing wildlife. Visits to the bluffs along the Chickahominy River, or the interior of the property often yield sightings of many upland and wetland plant and animal species, including ospreys and bald eagles. Nearby, a number of restored plantations are located along the James River and easily accessible from state route 5. Also close by are Lake Harrison, the Federal Fish Cultural Station, Williamsburg and the Scotland-Jamestown Ferry.

Facilities

Parking areas are located along routes 623 and 621 as well as along some of the interior roads. An excellent public boat ramp on Morris Creek gives boating and fishing access to the creek and the Chickahominy and James Rivers. Trails mowed to benefit wildlife also invite hikers. A well developed sighting-in range for rifle and shotgun shooters is a popular feature of this area.

Directions

Physical Address for Driving Directions:
12510 Eagles Nest Rd, Charles City, VA 23030 (map)

 

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The Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area is most readily approached from state route 5 eight miles east of Charles City Courthouse, at Rustic. Here, take route 623 north. The area may also be approached from U.S. Route 60 at Providence Forge by taking State Highway 155 south; then left onto route 614;, left again on 615 and bear right onto 623. Consult the map for greater detail.

Access Permit Goes Into Effect January 1, 2012

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) »

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) will require an Access Permit for visitors to department-owned Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and public fishing lakes effective January 1, 2012, who are age 17 and older, unless they possess a valid Virginia hunting, freshwater fishing, or trapping license, or a current Virginia boat registration.

Daily or Annual Access Permits for WMAs and department-owned public fishing lakes statewide will be available January 1, 2012 for purchase online, by calling 1-866-721-6911 during business hours, or at any license agent.

Daily Access Permits can be consecutive up to five days. More than that—the cost of six daily permits—would be $24, slightly more than the annual fee. At that point, it makes more sense to purchase an Annual Access Permit.

  • Cost for the Daily Access Permit is $4.
  • Cost for the Annual Access Permit is $23.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) »

  • © 2012 Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Powhatan Creek Park-James City County

imageimageThe facility is part of the Chesapeake Gateways Network and provides access to the James River at Jamestown Island,

including scenic views of Historic Jamestowne.  Powhatan Creek is listed on the Natural Resources Inventory as the most biodiverse creek on the peninsula.  Scenic views of tidal marshes and an abundance of wildlife highlight trips on this beautiful waterway.  The facility consists of a small non-motorized boat/canoe kayak launch with parking for 20 vehicles, and five observation/fishing piers.

Powhatan Creek Trail is not part of Powhatan Creek Parks and is a separate trail within the County park system. When fully completed, it will link to the Virginia Capital Trail, the Greensprings Trail and Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School.

Powhatan Creek Trail Construction Plans

Park Hours

Fishing and boat launch access are available 24 hours a day.  No loitering after sunset.

POWHATAN CREEK PARK

1831 JAMESTOWN ROAD

WILLIAMSBURG, VA 23185

(757) 259-5360

Directions

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Freedom Park-James City County

Mountain BikerThe 601-acre Freedom Park is home to significant American history – recognized nationally as the site of the earliest free black settlement dating to 1803-1860, an 18th-century graveyard, the Revolutionary War Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary in 1781 and a 17th century domicile that is revealing much archaeological research of the early colonial period (1680-1730).. Also located in the park are the Williamsburg Botanical Garden, two miles of multiuse trails and more than 20 miles of mountain bike trails.Freedom

JCC Parks & Recreation continues to work diligently to preserve one of the nation’s earliest Free Black Settlements in America, which include three historically accurate recreated cabins that are located in a meadow and are furnished with items authentic to the period (1803-1850).

The park opened In September 2002. It was  named to represent the freedom granted to the slaves of William Ludwell Lee.This 600-acre forested retreat  features approximately two miles of hiking trails and more than 20 miles of mountain bike trails winding through historical sites, forests and along creeks, open meadows, and parking.  The bike trails were designed , built and are maintained by the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association.  Mountain Bike Trail Loop C, has steadily gaining momentum as one of the state’s premier trail systems. Designed with avoidable features for bikers of all abilities, the trail system boasts over 30 technical trail featureFreedom Park Intrepretive Centers to challenge even the most experienced riders

Trails are closed to bikes during inclement weather to prevent trail degradation. Riders are encouraged to call 259-4022 to check trails status.

Park Hours

The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset.

Members of the   Williamsburg Botanical Garden , in a formal partnership with the County, used their volunteer energy and resources to create, plant, and maintain a garden at the site. The “Ellipse Garden” features more than 800 species of native Virginia vegetation.

The Freedom Park Interpretive Center features exhibits of artifacts recovered during the construction of the park as well as an interactive kiosk that provides visitors a visual tour of the park, its amenities, wildlife and history.  The Center includes a meeting room with capacity for 50, an indoor wood-burning fireplace , an outdoor fireplace area and outdoor access to bathroom facilities when the Interpretive Center is closed.  WI-FI connectivity is  available.

Freedom Park Meeting RoomInterpretive Center Hours:

Monday- Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday,  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday,    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Meeting Room use includes use of the kitchen and outdoor fireplace area.  Set up may begin up to 30 minutes before the Center opens; break down after an event can be completed up to 30 minutes after closing, if needed.  Staffing fees are determined by the Facility Administrator, dependent on size of event.  To rent space at this facility, complete the Facility Request Form below.

Rental Fees:

Meeting Room:

  • $50/hour for each of the first three hours
  • $25/hour for fourth and each subsequent hour

Staffing:

  • $15/hour for events occurring after regular operating hours

The jackson Home at Freedom Park-By 1805, William Ludwell Lee’s executor had begun constructing cabins for Lee’s former slaves, who were allowed to live on the “Hot Waters” for ten years, rent- free. One housing type made use of log and timber construction and a wooden chimney. This very modest dwelling was typical housing for slaves, Free Blacks, and poor whites. Such cabins might last only 20 years before falling into despair, leaving behind very little archaeological evidence. This house represents a household occupied by John Jackson, a former Lee slave, his wife Nancy, and two children. John Jackson eventually was able to purchase and develop his own property and his descendants still live in the areaFree Black Settlement

The final of three recreated cabins was completed in 2008 in Freedom Park. On this original tract is a purposefully established community whose inhabitants consisted of Free Blacks. Here, visitors can see three types of dwellings that they occupied between 1804 and 1860. In 1802 William Ludwell Lee bequeathed his slaves their freedom and specified that comfortable homes were to be built for them on the “Hot Waters,” a subsidiary farm of the nearby Green Springs Plantation. Lee died in 1803 and soon after his executor began building houses for the former slaves. This interpretation draws upon historical and archaeological research to convey a sense of what life was like for these men, women and children. It also takes into account the rigors of everyday life and economic hardships that James City County’s Free Blacks experienced nearly 60 years before President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Homes of Freedom Park

The Jackson Home
By 1805, William Ludwell Lee’s executor had begun constructing cabins for Lee’s former slaves, who were allowed to live on the “Hot Waters” for ten years, rent- free. One housing type made use of log and timber construction and a wooden chimney. This very modest dwelling was typical housing for slaves, Free Blacks, and poor whites. Such cabins might last only 20 years before falling into despair, leaving behind very little archaeological evidence. This house represents a household occupied by John Jackson, a former Lee slave, his wife Nancy, and two children. John Jackson eventually was able to purchase and develop his own property and his descendants still live in the area.

The Brown HouseThe Brown House
This small house with its only 288 square feet of living space has a brick chimney, windows that contain glass and stairs leading to an overhead loft— improvements suggesting permanency. It is the type of house that would have been occupied by Anthony Brown, a former Lee slave who spent much of his adult life on the Hot Water tract. Brown was a farmer. He shared a home with his wife Rachel, a washwoman and their several children. The disposable income Anthony earned enabled him to purchase a horse or mule to help with his farming operations. Pictured above is a view of the home with its chicken coop (left) and livestock pen that would have enabled him to maximize his agricultural productivity.

imageThe Lightfoot House
An artisan or worker with marketable skills would have occupied this more comfortable home. This one-room house, which reflects economic success, has refinements such as wooden floors, plastered walls, and an attic. It is covered with clapboards and has a shingled roof and brick chimney. Juba Lightfoot, a bricklayer and plasterer, though not one of Williams Ludwell Lee’s ex-slaves, spent much of his adult life on the Hot Water property. He and his wife Betsy, a laundress, shared their home with several children.

Helpful Links:

Location   5537 CENTERVILLE ROAD, WILLIAMSBURG, VA 23188

Freedom Park Map

York County Sports Complex

imageThe York County Sports Complex features 13 lighted athletic fields including: 2 Instructional Soccer Fields, 4 Regulation Soccer Fields, 5 Youth Baseball/Softball Fields, 1 Adult Softball Field, and 1 Adult Baseball Field.

Park amenities include 3 concession/restroom buildings, playgrounds, 31 picnic shelters, vending machines, over 2 miles of multipurpose paths, and bike lane. The park can accommodate over 900 vehicles. The concession stands offer a full array of menu items for breakfast, lunch, dinner or post-game snack.

Lawrence Lewis, Jr. -Park Charles City County

 Civil War Trails site

Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park is a 24-acre site located on the James River and accessible from Route 5 via Wilcox Wharf Road.  This is a great place for fishing, bird watching and picnicking.  The park is home to eagles, blue heron and other waterfowl.   A Virginia Civil War Trails exhibit tells the story of Union army crossing the river from this landing in 1864.  Six historical exhibits related to the 1600s connect the park to the John Smith Adventures on the James driving tour.  The park is also a Chesapeake Bay Gateways site and a stop on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife tour.   Park amenities include a picnic area, comfort station, fishing and birding pier and a short swamp boardwalk leading to a wooded trail.  The park has separate entrances for the upper and lower levels – don’t miss half the park

imageThis  park provides the only north side public access to the James for approximately 36 river miles between Henrico and James City County. A wooded area surrounded by acres of farm fields, the park provides a tranquil setting in which to fish, picnic or appreciate nature. A 200 foot fishing/birding pier provides a panoramic view of the James River. Bald eagles winter in trees overlooking the river and great blue herons and wood ducks nest in park wetlands created by active beaver. The site is an historic river landing once the site of tobacco warehouses and in 1864 the point from which the Union Army crossed the James before the siege of Petersburg.

Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park Website

Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park
12400 & 12580 Wilcox Wharf Road, Charles City, VA

 

Park Location

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Gloucester Point Beach Park

imageGloucester Point Beach Park is located on the bank of the York River near where it flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The park offers a large, shady, and grassy area with picnic areas and a shelter. The swimming area and sandy beach are perfect for enjoying the beauty of the Bay while sunbathing, wading, or building sand castles. The park has bathrooms, a picnic shelter, grills, sandy beach, fishing pier, boat ramps and a seasonal concession stand. A local business maintains the salt water license for the pier so anglers do not require individual licenses.

Gloucester Point Beach Park Website

My Place Playground-James City County

imageOpen daily sunrise to sunset

This inclusive playground is designed to welcome all individuals and families, regardless of ability.

My Place includes all the features of a traditional playground such as swings and climbing equipment, but was constructed to allow those with disabilities to access every aspect of the facility. The playground, which opened in December 2009, is a privately funded project of the Leadership Historic Triangle Class of 2009.

5301 LONGHILL ROAD

(ADJACENT TO THE JAMES CITY/WILLIAMSBURG COMMUNITY CENTER)

WILLIAMSBURG, VA 23188

(757) 259-5360

Fundraising supports the maintenance and repair of the playground. Your donation can ensure future generations know that My Place is your place.

To donate, visit MyPlaceForm or contact Joan Etchberger at jetchberger@james-city.va.us or call 757-259-5410.

Jamestown Beach Park

imageCome settle on the beachfront at Jamestown Beach Park!  You can have fun under the sun and tan on the sand all while you enjoy the sensation of the summer breeze that makes its way across the James River and ushers in the waves to shore.  The park features a newly restored beach with a beautiful waterfront view of the natural environment and sunsets that will leave you in awe!  You can bring your own gas grill or use the park’s charcoal grills to prepare your favorite summer foods in a shaded picnic area.  The park is located  next to the Jamestown Ferry @ 2205 JAMESTOWN ROAD WILLIAMSBURG, VA 23185

Historic Yorktown

imageImmerse yourself in 300 years of Yorktown history.  Here you can experience 18th century homes, revolutionary battlefields, a scenic riverfront beach, one-of-a-kind restaurants and lodging apart from city crowds. Park your car and stroll along picturesque streets or take the free trolley. Visit art galleries, antique stores and specialty shops. Experience the museums offering hands-on history programs and exhibits. Walk along the scenic Riverwalk and relax on the sandy beach at river’s edge. Enjoy sounds of The Fifes and Drums of York Town and live entertainment on the riverfront. After working up an appetite, dine at one of the charming restaurants, many with a view of the York River.  Enjoy a sail on the York River during the day and as the sun goes down, enjoy a sunset sail on the Schooner Alliance.

A 12-acre beachfront on the York River providing opportunities for swimming, picnicking, and boating. Two public piers at adjacent Riverwalk Landing accommodate transient and overnight boaters. Beach restrooms and outdoor show facilities open from April through mid-October.

Warhill Sports Complex

imageimageThis complex is host to most local sporting events for County league play and tournaments.  The baseball complex includes three lighted youth baseball fields, one lighted majors baseball field, four tee-ball fields, a concession building with restrooms and playground. The soccer/multiuse fields complex includes six synthetic turf multiuse fields, four premier full-size and four intermediate grass soccer fields and a concession building with restrooms.  In addition, the Park includes three outdoor basketball courts, a one-mile paved multiuse trail, a 3.5 mile hiking trail, two ponds for shoreline fishing, the 3000 seat artificial turf Sanford B. Wanner Stadium, and the 50,000 square foot Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex.  (Please note: The Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex is a private for-profit venture that is not managed by James City County.)

The complex host many different teams during the year including football, soccer, lacrosse, rugby and others. . It hosts numerous events including  the VA Legacy Presidents Day Cup, Memorial Day Bash, Williamsburg Cup Labor Day Tournament, and the VCCL Boys and Girls College Showcase events.

The complex also holds numerous events through VYSA, US Club Soccer and ODP.  In 2009 Warhill will hold the Virginia Youth Soccer State Cup Championship Final Four.  Virginia State ODP has used the facililty to conduct its State Team Tryouts, State Team Training as well as Regional Friendlies with states such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and North Carolina.

If you play on Grass fields #4,7,8, the Stadium, or Turf fields #3 or 6 please use 4605 Opportunity Way.

Directions  map below

Warhill Master Plan

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Mid County Park-James City County

Mid County Park

Website: Go To Website

kidsburg1Come to this 19-acre facility that has something for the whole family.  For the adults, enjoy lighted recreation areas , basketball and tennis courts, as well as sand volleyball courts. Enjoy the paved 2/3 mile ADA accessible multi-use path that encircles the park. For the children, play at Kidsburg, a community-built playground that has become an area attraction.  Planning a small family outing, family reunion, or perhaps a group meeting – then you may want to consider Mid County Park.  There is a large picnic shelter and a small picnic shelter and spacious play areas for games or other functions.  The park hours are from sunrise to sunset daily.  The park is staffed daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day and weekends only the rest of the year.  Access to the park is free and if you want to reserve a shelter or field, check out our low fees!

Redoubt Park Williamsburg

Redoubt Park
This beautiful, wooded 22-acre park preserves and interprets two of the fourteen Civil War earthworks forts – or redoubts – which made up the Confederate’s Williamsburg Line in the Battle of Williamsburg. This engagement on May 5, 1862, resulted in more than 3800 Union and Confederate casualties and left the Union in control of the Virginia Peninsula. 757-259-3760

Chickahominy Riverfront Park-James City County

Come enjoy this 140-acre park located on the Chickahominy River.  This park has something for every member of your family to enjoy.  Facilities include two outdoor swimming pools, boat ramp, fishing pier, camp sites, a playground, picnic shelters, a small store and access to the Virginia Capital Trail.  You can bring your own boat or rent one at the park to enjoy fishing or exploring the Chickahominy River and Gordon Creek.  There is space for monthly rental of boat and RV storage. The large fields and picnic shelters are available for special events.

Chippokes Plantation State Park-Surry

Just a short ferry ride from Williamsburg lies a state park with a working farm with all kinds of animals, crops and historic buildings.  The park also boast museums dedicated to farming, fossils and early plantation life.  Top that off with Cobham Bay Beach and a pool for swimming and what’s not to love?

Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg, with all  they have to offer, are on the other side of the bay and a 20 minute ferry ride away.  The ferry ride alone  is just plain fun.

I’ve hiked most of the trails here and will tell you it’s flat as a pancake and easy walking.  I would highly encourage anyone to visit Chippokes which is only about an hour or so from Richmond, VA Beach and totally worth the drive.

Chippokes Plantation State Park is one of the oldest working farms in the United States. Chippokes is a living historical exhibit located in a rural agricultural area along the James River in Surry County. In addition, the park has a wide variety of traditional park offerings, including a swimming complex, visitor center, picnic facilities, and hiking and biking trails. The plantation has kept its original boundaries since the 1600s and has a variety of cultivated gardens and native woodland. The formal gardens surrounding the Chippokes Mansion are accented by azaleas, crepe myrtle, boxwood and seasonal flowers. The plantation grounds are also home to the Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum.

Chippokes Plantation State Park is operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation in cooperation with the Chippokes Plantation Farm Foundation. The Virginia General Assembly created the foundation in 1977 to establish, administer and maintain the model farm. Funding for the foundation comes from farmland rent payments, donations, admissions and gift shop sales.

Park Size: 1,683 acres.
Current Weather: Click here to visit the Weather Channel’s site for this zip code.

AT-A-GLANCE: The pictographs directly below show park offerings. Click on those of interest or read below for more detail. Mouse-over the image for a short text description or click here to view a legend in which each pictograph’s meaning is expressed.

some wheelchair accessability Amphitheater Bike Trails Cabins Camping Fishing Food/Restaurant Hiking Trails Horse Trails Parking Fee Picnic Shelters Restrooms RV Sites Sanitary Disposal Facilities Showers Camp Store Swimming

Map: Park Location for Chippokes PlantationLOCATION: Surry County. From I-95 and I-295, take Route 10 towards Hopewell. Follow Route 10 East for approximately 40 miles to Surry. Turn left at the intersection of routes 10 and 31 (this continues on Route 10). Turn right at the stop light. Turn left at Route 634 (Alliance Road), and the park entrance is four miles on the left.

Drive Time: Northern Virginia: 2 – 3 hours; Richmond: 1.5 hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach: 1.5 hours; Roanoke: 4 hours

 

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES: Cabins and camping. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1 1-800-933-PARK. Rental rates for cabins and camping vary by season, dwelling and park. First, determine the appropriate season, which can vary by park, then the relevant rate.You also may want to learn about cancellation and transfer policies. A fee is charged per pet per night for overnight stays.

SWIMMING: Note: From mid-August through Labor Day, swimming may be available only on weekends and Labor Day. If your stay depends on using the pool, please contact the park before making a reservation. Olympic size swimming pool and separate kiddie pool open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; on Friday through Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Click here for park fees.

In the summer, swimming is free for overnight guests in campsites, cabins and the lodge, however it cannot be guaranteed should circumstances beyond the park’s control require that swimming be closed. We do not give refunds for swimming to overnight guests under any circumstances.

TRAILS: The park has 3.5 miles of hiking and bicycling trails, a half-mile of which is accessible to people with physical disabilities, through the historic area, as well as an auto farm tour road. The park also has an equestrian area with about 10 miles of riding fun available around farm fields as well as two long, multiple-use trails.

Explore Virginia Outdoors link iconVisit the Explore Virginia Outdoors website for enhanced maps and video tours of Chippokes Plantation’s trails.

WILDLIFE: Virginia State Parks are great places to discover and reconnect with the wild world. Bring a camera and share your captures with the world. But please don’t disturb or get too close to the animals. The park is, after all, their home. Here are a few recent natural encounters others have had at Chippokes Plantation.

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Waller Mill Park-Williamsburg

imageWaller Mill Park is located on Airport Road (Rt. 645) between I-64 and Rt. 60 West, is the City’s 2705-acre park situated around its reservoir that was opened to the public in July 1972. The 286-acre lake is open for fishing, boating, pedal boating, canoeing and kayaking with a tunnel connecting the upper and lower sections of the lake. Numerous picnic tables, four shelters, play fields, and playground equipment are nestled among the trees providing a scenic picnic area. The shelters can accommodate 25-150 people.

Hiking trails provide an interesting, picturesque walk with water and wooded views. A two-mile asphalt bike trail offers a scenic connection between Mooretown and Rochambeau Roads. A short hike from the park along the asphalt bike trail will bring you to the Lookout Tower, which offers a panoramic view of the water and woodlands. In an effort to preserve the natural characteristics of the park, feeding of wildlife is prohibited.

The Waller Mill Dog Park is a joint venture between the City of Williamsburg and James City County.  Click on this link for more information about Waller Mill Dog Park.

Waller Mill Park has four shelters with a variety of amenities. Please call (757) 259-3778 to check date availability and prices.  Click on this link for more information about our shelters.

Click on the following pdf files for additional Waller Mill Park information:

2012 Hours of Operation (pdf file)

2012 Fee Schedule (pdf file)

Brochure: Waller Mill Park (pdf file)

Brochure: Waller Mill Dog Park (pdf file)

Waller Mill Park Rules (pdf file)

 

The Waller Mill Dog Park, which is located at Waller Mill Park on Airport Road, is approximately 1½ acres. It has two areas, one for small dogs, 20 lbs. or less, and an area for larger dogs over 20 lbs. .
The park allows dog owners to let their dogs run freely within the fenced-in boundaries. Prior registration is required in order to access the park and all owners/handlers must read and agree to abide by the dog park rules. This project is a joint venture between the City of Williamsburg and James City County. All dog owners using the dog park, whether daily access or membership, must present their dog license certificate and their rabies vaccination certificate.  This paperwork is required to access the Waller Mill Dog Park.

Annual Membership & Daily Access Information:

(for dogs in the same family)

Williamsburg & James City County Residents (prices include entrance fee):
$27 – 1st dog   
$10 – each additional dog

Non-Residents (prices include entrance fee):
$62 – 1st dog
$25 – each additional dog

Daily Access Pass (price does not include entrance fee):
$2 – per day / per dog

Before Entering the Dog Park :

  • Register your dog(s) at the Operations Building .

  • The following information must be provided at the Park Office:

    1. The name, age, address, telephone number, and email address of the owner of the dog.
    2. The name, age, address, telephone number, and email address of any person who does not own the dog, but has custody of the dog. 
    3. The name, approximate age, and breed of the dog 
    4. Registration paperwork for your dog license from your City or County of residence.
    5. Paperwork indicating all vaccinations are current.
  • Each dog allowed to enter the Dog Park must have a current dog license and a current rabies vaccination as well as any other vaccinations required by law.

If you would like more information regarding the Waller Mill Dog Park , please contact the Williamsburg Parks and Recreation Department at (757) 259-3760, Waller Mill Park at (757) 259-3778 or email.

Waller Mill Dog Park Brochure (PDF)

Complete Waller Mill Dog Park Rules & Regulations (PDF)

New Quarter Park

New Quarter Park includes 545-acres of mature forests, meadows, ravines and tidal wetlands and is located close to historic Williamsburg.
The Park has 10 picnic shelters, 8 hiking trails with scenic overlooks, a mountain bike trail, routes for family biking, an 18-hole disc golf course, basketball and sand volleyball courts, a softball field, horseshoe pits, a large playground and access to the waterways for canoes, kayaks and fishing.

 

1000 Lakeshead Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Park Office: 757-890-5840
Map and Directions

PARK HOURS:
May through October – Daily 8:00 a.m. until Dusk
November through April  – Friday 10:00 am – Dusk / Saturday & Sunday 8:00 am – Dusk

DOGS: Must be on leash at all times. Owners must  dispose of waste.

PROHIBITED: Swimming, alcoholic beverages, golf, horses, motorized boats, radio/wire airplanes, overnight camping, metal detectors.

CONTACT: York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3500 for more information or to reserve picnic shelters. You may submit a request for a shelter; however, requests are not approved until staff processes the request and ensures that shelters are available. You will receive written confirmation if the request is approved.  For information on coyotes or bluebirds at New Quarter Park

York River State Park

imageKnown for its rare and delicate estuarine environment where freshwater and saltwater meet to create a rich habitat for marine and plant life, this park is on the York River and is designated as a Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. This pristine environment offers clues to a rich natural and cultural history. Programs, activities and visitor center displays focus on the history, use and preservation of the York River and its marshes, as well as wildlife found in the river and the park. More than 25 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails allow visitors to explore the marsh, river shoreline and forests. A boat ramp, fresh and saltwater fishing spots, a saltwater fishing pier, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and seasonal bike, boat, and recreational equipment rentals are available.

Activities:

Freshwater and saltwater fishing are available at several areas in the park (valid Virginia freshwater and/or saltwater fishing licenses are required). Boating: rental boats are available April through October for use on a freshwater pond; guided canoe trips and rental canoes are also available; motor boats are allowed only on the York River. Bicycling rentals available April through October.

Interpretive programs: pontoon boat tours; Native American programs; canoe trips on Taskinas Creek; Junior Rangers/Nature Explorers; Pre-school Prowlers; fossil hikes; nature hikes/games; wildlife observations; marine life; night canoe trips; ghost night hikes; seine netting and estuarine life studies; fishing clinics; children’s programs; beach activities; hay rides and campfire programs; various workshops.

Biking Birding and Wildlife Viewing Boat Access Camping Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Picnicking Canoeing / Kayaking

Facilities:
Visitor Center: Visitors to York River can learn more about the value of the coastal estuary to the environment and about the area’s historical significance by touring this facility. Activities in the center focus on the history, use and preservation of the York River and its marshes. A small wet lab, resource library and variety of equipment and animals are available for use by school groups for environmental education activities.

Size:
2,505 acres

Accessibility:
Paved path along native plant arboretum leads to canoe dock. ADA restrooms in day use area. Boat launch restrooms are ADA accessible. One-half mile, self-interpreted, paved path around day use area. Three-fourths mile (one way), primitive, imagebackwoods, ADA trail. (Depending on ability, assistance may be required.) Amphitheater is handicapped accessible. Visitor center. Wet lab with live exhibits (in season) Paved path leads to picnic shelters 1 and 2.

Fees:

Weekdays:

  • 10 am to 4 pm: $2 per adult and $1 per child.
  • Other weekday times: $1 per car.

Weekends:

  • 8 am to 6 pm: $2 per adult and $1 per child. Maximum fee per car is $5.
  • Other weekend times: $2 per car.

Parking for buses is $8. The park also offers special packages that include admission fees and other park amenities; contact the park for details.

For more information about York River State Park call (757) 566-3036 or visit the following website:http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/parks/yorkrive.htm.

Directions:
From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 for one mile, then right on Route 606 about one and a half miles and turn left on York River Park Road. The day use area is approximately 2 miles down this road.

 

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