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!

Project 547: Longest Day of Play
Check out what we’re offering this season or find a facility or park that meets your outdoor adventure needs. 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. 

Make sure you are enjoying the outdoors safely! Before heading out, take a look at these Outdoor Safety Tips.

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

  1. Classes
  2. Camps
  3. Special Events
  4. Trips

Fall Classes

To register for any Parks & Recreation programs, click here.

Garden Preparation | 10/23 from 2-3 p.m.

Get a head start on your garden! Come out to Chickahominy Riverfront Park and learn what you can do in the fall to prepare your garden for the spring. Composting, organic soil preparation, and a discussion on various plants included. No registration is required. FREE! Chickahominy Riverfront Park. 

History of Jack-O-Lanterns & Pumpkin Painting | 10/27 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Ever wondered why we carve pumpkins around Halloween and where did that name, Jack-O-Lantern come from? Come out and learn about the origins of this holiday tradition and paint your own pumpkin in the style of a Jack-O-Lantern. FREE! Freedom Park. 

Holiday Ornaments from Nature | 12/4 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Stop by Freedom Park and transform acorns, sweetgum balls and pine cones into adorable ornaments! Bring billfold size school photos if you would like to make a surprise for Grandma or a remembrance ornament for your tree. Drop-in for free anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., spend an hour or so, and head home with some new tree ornaments! All materials provided. FREE! Freedom Park.