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Outdoor Activities in Williamsburg

As you’re exploring Greater Williamsburg, be sure to make some time for outdoor exploration and activities.

Experience Greater Williamsburg’s Outdoor Activities

There are a variety of experiences to have when you visit Williamsburg, as well as nearby Yorktown and Jamestown. The Greater Williamsburg area may be known for its historical sites, but the area also offers an abundance of scenic outdoor attractions. As you’re exploring Greater Williamsburg, be sure to make some time for outdoor exploration and activities.

Outdoor Activities in Williamsburg

From exploring the local parks, kayaking the waterways of the York River or biking down the Colonial Parkway, there are a number of outdoor experiences to have in the Historic Triangle. Here are some of our favorite outdoor activities in the Greater Williamsburg area.

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The Greater Williamsburg area has over 25 scenic biking routes. Those looking to peddle can choose from the 23-mile Colonial Parkway. This trail connects Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown. There’s also the 52-mile Virginia Capital Trail that runs from Jamestown to Richmond. There are even more cycle-friendly trails throughout Williamsburg and in the local parks.

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Spend a night under the stars by securing overnight accommodations at one of the campgrounds in Williamsburg. Local campgrounds, including Williamsburg KOA, offer tons of amenities to keep the kids occupied. For more traditional camping, head to a local park, such as Chickahominy Riverfront Park, for fishing, swimming and more during the day.


Anglers will find several locales for casting a line in the Williamsburg area. From lakes and rivers to the bay, there are plenty of places to reel in a great catch. The Little Creek Reservoir offers almost 1,000 acres for fishing. Find fishing piers at Yorktown Beach, Jamestown Beach and more.


Hikes are a great way to view wildlife, amazing vistas and the area’s natural surroundings. Take a walk along the brick streets of Duke of Gloucester Street. Or, hit the trails of one of the local parks. Hiking these trails can range from an easy stroll to a more strenuous workout along varied terrain and elevations.


Navigate Greater Williamsburg’s waterways with a kayak or canoe. Kayaking and canoeing are a great way to explore the area’s tranquil waters and get up close to the area wildlife. Take a guided tour or rent a kayak from a local park for some self-exploration.


For an action-packed experience, take to the treetops at Go Ape Treetop Adventures. Located at Freedom Park, Go Ape offers two different ziplining adventures that will send you soaring through the wooded landscape. Navigate suspended obstacles and swing through the forest. There’s a course for every age and ability, making Go Ape a great experience for the whole family

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