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Parks and Recreation

The City operates twelve parks and recreational facilities.  Bicentennial, College Landing, and Redoubt are passive parks, and the remaining parks offer a wide array of recreational activities, nature trails, and bike trails. 

The James City / Williamsburg Community Center, operated by James City County, also offers a variety of fitness and recreation services and facilities to residents of the City for a membership fee. 

Outdoor Activities

The area offers unsurpassed facilities for both fresh water and salt-water fishing.  The City’s Waller Mill Park has a 343-acre lake that is open for fishing, boating, pedal boating, kayaking, and canoeing with a tunnel connecting the upper and lower sections of the lake. The park also has a new 1.5-acre dog park and trails for hiking, running, and mountain biking.  Both the James and York Rivers provide superb opportunities for inland fishing excursions. The Chesapeake Bay is also nearby.  Other water-related activities in the area include sailing, windsurfing, and crabbing.

State Parks

Nearby state parks include Chippokes Plantation State Park and York River State ParkFirst Landing and False Cape State Parks are also within the Hampton Roads region.

Colonial National Historical Park

The National Park Service administers two of the most historically significant sites in North America, Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield.  It also administers the Colonial Parkway, a 23-mile scenic roadway stretching from the York River at Yorktown, through Williamsburg, and to the James River at Jamestown.