Falling Leaves. Mild Temperatures. Outdoor Fun.
Autumn in the Historic Triangle
Consider an autumn getaway to the Historic Triangle where you can stroll, hike, walk and run through the many paths and parks that are in abundance. Mild temperatures allow you to enjoy the area’s outdoor activities through November.
Pack a picnic and drive the Colonial Parkway from Jamestown to Yorktown by way of Williamsburg. Squeeze in a visit to historical attractions, Jamestown Settlement, the Yorktown Victory Center and Colonial Williamsburg, and two national park sites, Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield, all adjacent to the Parkway.
Shop along Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown and relax on the waterfront beach, and then take a boat down the York River. For a little more of a workout, you can use the Great City Walks Guide for suggestions. If Golf is your game, don’t forget to bring your clubs. With so many championship courses from which to choose, your only obstacle will be how long your family will let you spend on the fairway.
Go Ape will have you swinging through the trees (literally). Take and trip on the water in a kayak, paddleboat or other rentals at Eco-Discovery Park and enjoy the beauty of nature’s bounty at Williamsburg Botanical Garden.
Hike or bike along Greensprings Greenway Interpretive Trail and watch beavers build their dam as neighborhood otters frolic nearby.
- Colonial Parkway
Take a leisurely drive or bike along the scenic 23-mile Colonial Parkway, which provides a physical and metaphorical link between the two Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg.
- Chickahominy Riverfront Park:
Enjoy this 140-acre outdoor facility on the banks of the beautiful Chickahominy River. From fishing, boating, hiking and sunsets, this Park has got it all!
- College Landing Park:
Right down the road from William and Mary, this passive park provides a lookout tower and marsh walkway through College Creek.
- Freedom Park:
Rich in history, this 676-acre park preserves the First Free Black Settlement in America (1803), the Revolutionary War Battle of Spenser’s Ordinary (1781) and 17th century domicile. Peaceful and relaxing, take some time to enjoy open meadows and trails.
- Greensprings Greenway Hiking Trail
Link history and nature by hiking a 4.7-mile soft surface trail that retraces the footsteps of Native Americans and early colonists. Weave your way through one of the areas largest wildlife habitats with boardwalks over marshes and a beaver pond. Near Jamestown Island.
- Kiwanis Municipal Park
This 27-acre park provides two lighted ball fields, numerous pieces of playground equipment and a shelter with picnic tables. Seven lighted all-weather tennis courts are available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Little Creek Reservoir Park
Ready for a quiet day on the water? This scenic park overlooks a 996-acre reservoir that’s a fisherman’s paradise. Perfect for outdoor family time in the Historic Triangle.
- Mid County Park & Kidsburg
Take a break and enjoy one of the community’s favorite parks. Outdoor family activities are plentiful at the 19-acre Park including Kidsburg, the area’s largest community-built playground.
- New Quarter Park
Offering 545-acres of land next to the Colonial Parkway and close to Williamsburg, New Quarter offers a tranquil, woodland setting and the pleasures of outdoor recreation from hiking, biking, and fishing to picnicking.
- Powhatan Creek Park and Blueway
Bring a canoe or kayak and see Jamestown Island like no one else. Powhatan Creek is part of the Chesapeake Gateways Network created by the National Park Service and the Chesapeake Bay Program. Provides access to Jamestown Island and the James River.
- Quarterpath Park
This 23-acre facility includes three lighted softball fields; a 25-meter, 6-lane, z-shaped outdoor swimming pool; three all-weather tennis courts; playground equipment; and a picnic shelter.
- Skate Park
Think outside the triangle (the Historic Triangle, that is). Ten thousand square feet of concrete jumps and ramps for skateboards and in-line skates. Helmets and protective gear recommended. An adult should accompany kids under 12.
- Stonehouse Stables/Lakewood Trails
We offer guided horseback riding daily year-round, weather permitting. A fun-filled environment for the whole family (ages 7 and up). A guide will take you out for a ride on one of our experienced and quiet-mannered horses. Please call to make reservations.
- Waller Mill Park
A beautiful park close to everything that overlooks a 343-acre lake and provides a variety of outdoor activities from boating to hiking. A community favorite for picnics and natural beauty. Rent a boat or bring your own.
- York River State Park
Experience the environment of a coastal estuary. This park is known for its rare and delicate environment, where freshwater and saltwater meet to create a habitat rich in marine and plant life. Access to Taskinas Creek and York River provides access to a local natural treasure. A wide variety of activities.
- Yorktown Waterfront
On the York River at historic Yorktown, this 2-acre beachfront offers a relaxing day for everyone whether it’s fishing, relaxing in the sun or picnicking in the 10 1/2 acre Beach picnic area. Perfect for families in a peaceful, no-hassle setting.