Outdoor Recreation

Explore the Outdoors!


Ideally situated on the Hampton Roads peninsula, James City County offers access to the Chickahominy and James Rivers, home to the John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail; the Colonial Parkway and the Historic Triangle; and lies along the Virginia Capital Trail. In addition to these great opportunities, James City County Parks offer a variety of amenities and programs for you to explore our area!
Have you heard about the technical terrain for mountain biking? Freedom Park is home to some fantastic Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association trails as well as Go Ape, a treetop adventure course.   

Traditional Outdoor Pursuits


We provide archery instruction for both youth and adults, as well as opportunities to take part in biking, birding, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, paddling and wildlife viewing. The James City County Marina has rental bicycles, canoes and kayaks for you to explore Jamestown Island by land or sea. You can also follow the path of Captain John Smith as he explored the waters around Jamestown Island by renting canoes or kayaks from Chickahominy Riverfront Park.

Seasonal/Special Programs

  • Archery – Skill building programs for ages 9+
  • Camping Under the Stars - Pitch your tent (or borrow one of ours) and spend the night at Chickahominy Riverfront Park!
  • Environmental Education Days – Grant-funded program highlighting the Chesapeake Bay watershed
  • Karaoke in the Park – Free family program held at Chickahominy Riverfront Park
  • Movies Under the Stars – Free family program held at Chickahominy Riverfront Park
  • Outdoor Summer Camps – Day camp opportunities for ages 6-15
  • Rafting the James - Pack your lunch and a towel, we’re headed to Richmond to join up with Riverside Outfitters for an afternoon of whitewater rafting along the James River.
  • Wildlife Mapping - Team up with the Virginia Master Naturalists to learn about and
    catalog wildlife in our local parks!
Check out what we’re offering this season or find a facility or park that meets your outdoor adventure needs. 

We would love to hear from you about offerings you would like to see in Outdoor Recreation.