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Chickahominy Riverfront Park

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWT: Be Safe While OutdoorsDWR encourages you to be safe while outdoors. Before heading out, first check with individual sites on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail for any COVID-19 policies or closures. This information is typically posted on a site's own website. Remember to maintain CDC social distancing guidelines while enjoying the outdoors.

Description

This park, owned by James City County, possesses amazing habitat along the Chickahominy River and Gordon’s Creek. Canoe and kayak rentals make this habitat among the most accessible of any on the trail! (See park website for rental seasons and fees.) The park offers a many areas to view tidal streams and rivers. During low tide, mudflats may reveal a variety of marsh birds. Belted kingfisher and varied woodpeckers can also be observed. During winter, look for a diversity of waterfowl.

An additional option for exploration from this location is the Virginia Capital Trail, a 52-mile multi-use trail which runs adjacent to the park. The park offers a trailhead for parking.

Directions

Physical Address: 1350 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg, VA 23185

From Previous Site on the Plantation Loop of VBWT:

From Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area, return to SR 5 on Rt. 623 and turn left (east). Follow SR 5 for approximately 4.0 miles. The Park is on your left immediately after you cross the Chickahominy River.

To return to I-64 return to SR 5 and turn left (east). Continue for 9 miles to SR 199. Follow SR 199 north and west to return to Richmond via I-64 West or south and east to continue onto the Lower Peninsula Loop via I-64 East.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: James City County: 757-258-5020, parks.rec@jamescitycountyva.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Grounds are Free, Fee for Rentals and Boat Ramp Launch, Open Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Chickahominy Riverfront Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Dark-eyed Junco

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Bike Trails
  • Camping
  • Environmental Study Area
  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Parking
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms
  • Kayak/Canoe Launch
  • Observation Platform