Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Here’s what’s open in James City County if you’re planning to go out for a walk, bike ride, etc.

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

James City County officials on Friday said all parks in the county are open, but urged visitors to continue practicing social distancing.

“The use of these amenities and facilities are permitted in accordance with Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Order Fifty-Three. However, opportunities may change so please check daily for any changes in policy,” according to a news release from the county.

Two amenities will open Monday:

  • James City County Marina, 2054 Jamestown Road: The Marina Store service window will open daily from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for fuel sales, payments and other Marina transactions.
  • Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway: The campground will open to stays of 14 days or longer. The walking trail, boat ramp, fishing pier and lots of open space are also open and available.

What’s open

  • The county’s tennis courts and pickleball courts are open, available for singles play only. The tennis courts are located at Jamestown High School, Warhill High School and Lafayette High School. At Veterans Park, only the eight pickle ball courts are open, 7 a.m. to sunset daily.

Patrons must practice social distancing; please maintain a social distance of at least 6-feet and groups of more than 10 will are prohibited. Dogs must be leashed and under the complete and immediate control of their owner at all times.

  • Brickyard Landing, 990 Brickyard Road (off Forge Road): public boat ramp
  • Chickahominy Riverfront Park, 1350 John Tyler Highway: walking trail, boat ramp, fishing pier & open space; the campground is open for stays of 14 days or longer
  • Diascund Reservoir Park, 9551 Diascund Reservoir Road: boating access & fishing
  • Freedom Park, 5537 Centerville Road: mountain biking, hiking, walking, nature trail & open space
  • Greensprings Interpretive Trail, 3751 John Tyler Highway: ADA accessible trail, hiking, running & wildlife viewing (no bikes)
  • Ironbound Park, 150 Carriage Road: ADA accessible walking trail
  • James City County Marina, 2054 Jamestown Road: wildlife viewing; the Marina Store service window is open daily 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for fuel sales, payments and other Marina transactions (there are no bike and paddle craft rentals until further notice).
  • James City County Recreation Center Park, 5301 Longhill Road: mulituse trails for hiking, biking & jogging
  • Jamestown Beach Event Park, 2205 Jamestown Road: jogging, walking and exercising are allowed on the beach; swimming for exercise; fishing in fishing area; sitting/standing in picnic areas only; paddle craft launching only in the designated area.
  • Little Creek Reservoir Park, 180 Lakeview Drive: mulituse trails for hiking, biking and jogging, boat launch & fishing
  • Powhatan Creek Park and Blueway, 1831 Jamestown Road: fishing, small watercraft launch & wildlife viewing
  • Powhatan Creek Trail, 3131 Ironbound Road: mulituse trails for walking, running, cycling & wildlife viewing
  • Upper County Park, 180 Leisure Road/Toano: mountain biking and mulituse trails for hiking, biking and jogging & open space
  • Veterans Park (Kidsburg), 3793 Ironbound Road: ADA accessible multiuse trails for hiking, biking & jogging
  • Warhill Sports Complex, 4900 Stadium Road: mulituse trails for hiking, biking and jogging, shoreline fishing & open space

What’s closed

  • All James City County facilities including the recreation centers and Legacy Hall are closed
  • All restrooms and water fountains in County Parks are closed
  • All public basketball courts, volleyball courts, sports courts, athletic fields, playgrounds and skate park are closed. This also includes these courts at local schools.
  • Chickahominy Riverfront Park – the campground is closed for stays of 13 days or less.
  • Jamestown Beach Event Park – sunbathing; picnicking; grilling; wading in the water; sitting, standing, picnicking or loitering on the beach are not permitted. Observation pier.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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