Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail

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Site CLP01: York River State Park


The 2,505 acres of York River State Park offer upland forests, cypress swamps, riparian thickets, marshy creeks, brackish inlets, ponds, and open fields. With so many habitats close at hand, it is not surprising that birders have recorded 70 species in a morning's outing. There are a number of trails throughout the park, though birders seem to favor the Taskinas Creek Trail (Note: The Taskinas Creek Trail is closed indefinitely.), which offers a glimpse at the greatest diversity of habitats, including estuaries, bottomland marsh and hardwoods, as well as, mixed deciduous and pine forests. Other trails recommended by birders include the Backbone Trail, Woodstock Pond Trail, and Majestic Oak Trail. A variety of dragonflies and damselflies may be seen in the wetlands and butterflies are plentiful. During winter, diving ducks often congregate on the York River behind the visitor's center.


From I-64, take the Croaker Exit (231B). Travel north on Rt. 607 for 1.0 miles, then right on Rt. 606 for about 1.5 miles, and turn left onto York River Road. Take York River Road approximately 2 miles to Day Use area and parking lots.

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