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Yorktown, Va. – The National Park Service (NPS) at Colonial National Historical Park invites the community to recreate on a seven-mile section of the Colonial Parkway on three weekend days this year: Sunday, May 15, Saturday, June 11 and Sunday, November 6. Park staff will close the Parkway to vehicle access between Hwy 199/Kingspoint and Rt. 359 at Jamestown from 7:00 am-12:00 pm on the Parkway Rec Days. Vehicle access will continue on Jamestown Island. Free parking is available at the Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd. and at the National Park Service Visitor Center on Jamestown Island. Indoor restrooms are available at the Jamestown Visitor Center from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily and at the Jamestown Glasshouse.
In 2021, the NPS solicited public comments about recurring, temporary closures of a seven-mile portion of the Parkway for recreation. After receiving an overwhelming response, park managers decided to offer safe recreational opportunities on the Parkway several times each year.
Colonial National Historical Park, including the Parkway, is a federal fee area. Local community members and visitors alike are encouraged to purchase their annual entrance pass or 7-day pass in advance of the Parkway Rec Days. Passes can be purchased online or in person at the Yorktown Battlefield or Jamestown Island Visitor Centers. Fee dollars collected remain at the park and fund critical facilities and visitor services projects that could not otherwise take place.
About Colonial National Historical Park. Colonial National Historical Park was established in 1930 to preserve important 17th and 18th century sites that tell the story of English arrival in a Native homeland, colonization and suppression, and the struggle for American independence. Jamestown’s legacy includes representative government, but also slavery, a brutal institution that spread throughout the colonies. At Yorktown, colonists fought in the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. The scenic 23-mile Colonial Parkway links the sites and is recognized as an “All-American road”. Learn more at www.nps.gov/colo, and on Facebook and Instagram.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 423 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov, and on to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Last updated: April 25, 2022