Colonial National Historical Park

Overview

Colonial National Historical Park (NHP) administers two of the most historically significant sites in English North America. Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America in 1607, is administered jointly with the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, and Yorktown Battlefield, the final major battle of the American Revolutionary War in 1781. These two sites represent the beginning and end of English colonial America. Situated on the Virginia Peninsula, these sites are connected by the 23 mile scenic Colonial Parkway. Colonial NHP also includes Green Spring, the 17th century plantation home of Virginia's colonial governor, Sir William Berkeley, and the Cape Henry Memorial, which marks the approximate site of the first landing of the Jamestown colonists in April of 1607. Colonial NHP has a variety of natural resources including extensive wetlands, forest, fields, shorelines and streams, as well as rare, threatened and endangered plants and animals.

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Seasonality / Weather

Summers in the Southeastern United States are humid during the day. The best times to visit are fall and spring.

Directions

Driving: 

Colonial National Historical Park is located near Interstate 64 (I-64). For Jamestown from Interstate 64 take exit 242A (Route 199 west). At the second stop light, S. Henry, turn right. Make another immediate right (50 feet). This will bring you to the Colonial Parkway. Turn right onto the parkway and follow it to its end.

For Yorktown from Interstate 64 east take exit 242B (Route 199 east) and follow the signs to the Colonial Parkway. Follow the parkway to its end.

From Interstate 64 west take exit 250B (Route 105 east/Fort Eustis Boulevard). Follow Fort Eustis Boulevard until you come to Route 17/George Washington Memorial Highway and turn left (North) onto Route 17. Follow the signs to the Yorktown Battlefield.

Flying: 

From Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (20 minutes from Yorktown), Norfolk International Airport (one hour east) and Richmond International Airport (one hour west) provide commercial air service.

Public Transport: 

Various public and private transportation services are available throughout the area. AMTRAK has stations in Newport News and Williamsburg, Greyhound has commercial bus service to Newport News and Williamsburg, and rental cars and taxi service are sometimes available from all of these locations. For air service there are three airports within one hours drive of Colonial National Historical Park: Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (20 minutes from Yorktown), Norfolk International Airport (one hour east of the park) and Richmond International Airport (one hour west of the park).

Historic Triangle Shuttle From March 22 through October 31, 2010, the Historic Triangle Shuttle will provide shuttle service from the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center to and from the Jamestown and Yorktown areas. This shuttle service travels the scenic Colonial Parkway. There is no charge for the service, although a shuttle pass is required. Service to both Jamestown and Yorktown depart the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center every hour and half-hour between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily.

Service to Jamestown departs from the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center daily on the half-hour between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and upon arriving at Jamestown, makes stops at both Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement. Return service to Colonial Williamsburg departs every half-hour from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and makes a final departure at 5:15 p.m from March 22 through October 31, 2010.

Service to Yorktown departs from the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center daily on the half-hour between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and makes stops at both the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center and the Yorktown Victory Center. Visitors can board for return service to Colonial Williamsburg from either the Yorktown Battlefield or the Yorktown Victory Center, with pickups every half-hour between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and a final pickup at 5:15 p.m. Visitors should note that the Historic Triangle Shuttle merely provides transportation to Yorktown; it does not provide interpretive tours or transportation to individual attractions around the Yorktown Battlefield.

Jamestown Area Shuttle

Once arriving at Jamestown on the Historic Triangle Shuttle, visitors have the opportunity to visit all that Jamestown has to offer by making use of the Jamestown Area Shuttle. Completing a loop approximately every 10-15 minutes, the Jamestown Area Shuttle makes stops at Historic Jamestowne (including the Visitor Center and Glasshouse), the Jamestown Settlement and the Jamestown Information Station along the Colonial Parkway (seasonal operation).

The Jamestown Area Shuttle service is free of charge and operates daily from March 22 through October 31 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Yorktown Trolley

Upon arrival in Yorktown, visitors can ride to the many historic sites throughout the village by means of the Yorktown Trolley. Provided as a free service by York County, the trolley provides transportation throughout the village of Yorktown from the Yorktown Battlefield to the Yorktown Victory Center, as well as several stops in between, including Riverwalk Landing (NOTE: The trolley does not travel to or make any stops along the Yorktown Battlefield tour roads).

The Yorktown Trolley is free of charge and operates daily from March 22 through October 31, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.