First Day Hike at York River State Park
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kick off the New Year with a trek to a distant, hidden gem. The Pamunkey Overlook is at the bottom of a steep bluff along the York River. The observation platform offers a commanding view over the cord grass and across the river to Wererocommico, where Chief Powhatan once ruled Tidewater Virginia. We will cover a little over 4 miles. Bring water and a lunch/snack. Be prepared to pack in/pack out. Much of the terrain is flat. But, the hill leading to the overlook is steep.
We will also have a shorter hike around Woodstock Pond through the quiet Beaver Trail. It is narrow with one steep ravine and surrounded by a mix of pines and hardwoods. This trek ends with a gorgeous view of the river and pond leading back up to the Visitor Center. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
We will begin the day with a welcome to the New Year for all the hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikers. No fee for this event and parking fees waived for the day.
York River State Park
9801 York River Park Road Williamsburg VA 23188
First Day Hike at Chippokes Plantation State Park
January 1, 2020. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
10 to 11:30 a.m.- Discover the Trace – this 2 mile hike will take visitors on a journey to discover what is left of the original road that took travelers from Bacon’s Castle to the river. Dress warm, as we will take the open air tram to the start of the trail. Space is limited to 25 guests, please contact the park office to save a seat. Meet at the Farm and Forestry Museum.1 to 2:30 p.m. – James River Walk – The hike will be about 3 miles round trip long grassy, sandy, and hilly terrain. Meet at the Jones-Stewart Mansion Parking Lot. Due to the terrain, the hike is not accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. 12 to 4 p.m. – Jones-Stewart Mansion Tours – Warm up inside the mansion and take a tour before, during, or after the James River Walk. The last tour begins at 3:15 p.m. The tour will include a short walk through the first floor, then up the staircase and through the second floor. Meet on the back porch of the mansion.Parking fees are waived for the day. Find out about our photo contest and New Year Challenge here: https://vasp.fun/2020firsthike
Chippokes Plantation State Park,
695 Chippokes Park Rd., Surry, VA 23883.