Whether you’re a hiker, biker, kayaker, power boater or beach lover, York County is your outdoor recreation destination. Historic Yorktown’s mile-long pedestrian Riverwalk is the perfect place for casual strolling or serious power walking. You’ll also enjoy the two-acre beach just off the Riverwalk where you can sunbathe, swim, gather shells and watch the boats pass by. You can catch your supper at the fishing pier, dock your boat at the Riverwalk Landing pier and/or book a sunset cruise on the Schooner Alliance or York River Charters.
York County Blueways offer plenty of opportunities for canoeing and kayaking. You can launch a canoe or kayak from the beach in Yorktown and from New Quarter Park in upper York County near Williamsburg. Boat launches at Old Wormley Creek Landing, Rodgers A. Smith Landing in Tabb and Back Creek Park in Seaford accommodate canoes and kayaks.
Hikers appreciate miles of trails through mature forests, meadows, ravines and tidal wetlands at New Quarter Park. Also available are trails for mountain biking and family biking, an 18-hole disc golf course, horseshoe pits, basketball and sand volleyball courts, a softball field, picnic shelters, and a large playground.
The new York County Sports Complex on Route 17 features 13 lighted athletic fields for soccer, baseball and softball. This park also offers three concession/restroom buildings, playgrounds, a 1.8 mile multi-purpose path and a bike lane.
Have you ever wondered what happens to water as it travels from a road to the land and eventually drains into a river or lake? Let us introduce you to the beauty of nature and educate you about the importance of protecting and restoring our natural resources. Through an interactive guidebook and a series of trail markers at WISE – Wetlands Interpretive Sanctuary for Education – let us show you why wetlands are important to our shoreline, water quality, and even our economy. As you walk the half mile trail adjacent to Charles Brown Park, you will experience a myriad of plants and wildlife. Learn about different types of wetlands and why they are constantly changing. Learn about the native plants that thrive in our wetlands and why they are important for our wildlife and waterways. Read, look, and listen to your ever changing environment.
Other recreational opportunities include an award-winning tennis facility at Back Creek Park. Parks throughout the county offer lighted softball fields, lighted regulation baseball fields, basketball courts, and more. For more information about York County parks and recreational facilities, call 757-890-3500, or visit the York County Parks and Recreation website.