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Colonial National Historical Park Invites the Community to Parkway Rec Day on October 23

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Date: October 4, 2021
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 757-871-0590

Yorktown, Virginia – 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 Saturday, October 23. 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. Vehicle access will continue on Jamestown Island. Free parking is available at the Jamestown Settlement, 2110 Jamestown Rd. and at the NPS Visitor Center on Jamestown Island. Indoor restrooms are available at the Jamestown Visitor Center from 9:00 am-5:00 pm daily and at the Jamestown Glasshouse.

The NPS solicited public comments about recurring, temporary closures of a seven-mile portion of the Parkway for walking, running and, biking earlier this year. After receiving an overwhelming response, park managers decided to offer safe recreational opportunities on the Parkway two to three times each year. The NPS encourages visitors and community members to recreate responsibly at all times. Whether seeking wide-open spaces or exploring historic areas, visitors should follow CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The Colonial Parkway is a 23-mile scenic roadway stretching from the York River at Yorktown to the James River at Jamestown. It connects Virginia's historic triangle: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown.

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, 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, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

Last updated: October 22, 2021

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