In 1862, the Union engaged the Confederates in Williamsburg en route to the widely known Seven Days Battle near Richmond during the Peninsula Campaign. The land that would become York River State Park was neither a major nor minor battlefield. But, both armies did tread our woods and shoreline.
Kids learning soldier skills
In commemoration of the Civil War, the Nature Explorers (6-9 year olds in July) and Junior Rangers (10-12 year olds in August) are given a chance to experience the life of Civil War soldiers. AmeriCorps intern Ryan Lilly and William & Mary intern Caleb Helsley have put together a unique blend of education and recreation for the younger campers. Park Interpreter Scott Deane will lead the camps in August. Various staff members lend their assistance and expertise as needed.
Chief Ranger Brad Thomas as a Civil War Soldier
This year, or Kid's Kamps (day camps from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) were filled up by mid-May and we had to squeeze in a third week for Nature Explorers. If you have a child that would love to have fun in the outdoors, please call our park office in early Spring to reserve a space for him or her at a York River State Park Kid's Kamp.
Ryan and Caleb taking a well-deserved break
Directions to York River State Park: 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.