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York River State Park

About Teddy Bear Ratings5526 Riverview Road
Williamsburg, Va. 23188-6732
phone: (757) 566-3036

York River State Park is located near the unincorporated town of Croaker in James City County, Virginia on the south bank of the York River about 10 miles downstream from West Point.

The York River is formed from the confluence of the Mattaponi River and the Pamunkey River at West Point. The York River empties into the Chesapeake Bay about 30 miles downstream from Croaker Landing.

In the state park, the historical Croaker Landing is an archaeological site listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1987. The name "Croaker" is believed to have derived from the abundant quantity of Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus), an inshore, bottom-dwelling fish found in the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the York River.

The town of Croaker was known in its early history as Taskinas Plantation. It was the site of a 17th and 18th century public tobacco warehouse where local planters stored their crops to be shipped to England.

York River State Park opened in 1980. It is accessed from Exit 231-B of Interstate 64, which is signed �Croaker-Norge.� The old Richmond-Williamsburg Stage Road, now U.S. Highway 60, also is nearby.

PICNIC SHELTERS: Three picnic shelters that overlook the picturesque marsh or York River may be reserved by calling the Reservation Center. They can be rented for the entire day, 8 a.m. to dusk, or for a half-day, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or from 3 p.m. to dusk. Shelters 1 and 3 hold up to 35 people; shelter 2 holds approximately 75. Also, 40 picnic tables throughout the park are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Playground equipment also is available (three sets conveniently located near picnic areas).

LOCATION: 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.

Official Website: York River State Park

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