Every April the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service come together to celebrate National Park Week.
This year, National Park Week runs from April 17 through April 25. During that time, various special programs and events will be held in parks across the country. Each day of National Park Week has its own theme:
For a list of all National Parks in Virginia click here.
Locally the the Colonial Parkway will be closed to traffic for biking, walking or running:
A seven-mile portion of the Colonial Parkway will be available for biking, walking or running, April 23-25. Park staff will close the Colonial Parkway to vehicle access between Highway 199/Kingspoint and Route 359 at Jamestown beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 23 and ending at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 25.
When outdoors, face masks are required on NPS-managed lands, including the Colonial Parkway, when physical distance cannot be maintained. Portable restrooms and a handwashing station will be available at Archer’s Hope, thanks to support from BikeWalk Williamsburg. Indoor restrooms are available at the Jamestown Visitor Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Friday, April 23: Friendship Friday
Caring for our parks is a big job. Park partners, like BikeWalk Williamsburg, have played an important role since the NPS was founded in 1916, and this tradition of generous, committed support continues today with individuals, groups and communities helping preserve and enhance the national park experience. In honor of Friendship Friday, bring your pals to bike or walk on the Parkway!
Saturday, April 24: Junior Ranger Day
The NPS Junior Ranger program provides fun and engaging ways for young people to connect with our country’s heritage and landscapes, both virtually and in-person. Pedal the Parkway participants can pick up Jr. Ranger booklets from Park Rangers outside the Yorktown Battlefield, 1000 Colonial Pkwy. and Jamestown Visitor Center, 1368 Colonial Pkwy, Jamestown.
Sunday, April 25: BARK Ranger Day
National parks are fun to share with those we love – including those of the fluffy variety! BARK Ranger principles ensure a pet’s visit to a park is fun and safe. Pets are welcome to join you during Pedal the Parkway, just remember to bring bags for pet waste.
Free parking is available at Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Road and at the NPS Visitor Center on Jamestown Island. For more information about National Park Week visit nps.gov/npweek and nationalparkweek.org.
If you’re looking for more information on what you can do during National Park Week, check this website.