The Historic Triangle ... Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown ... are all about the great outdoors ... even more so now, thanks to three new brochures that pitch the area's golf, biking and ecotourism.
Produced by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance, the pamphlets are ideal for visitors and residents who want to explore beyond Duke of Gloucester Street and Busch Gardens. The free brochures are available at the chamber's office, 421 N. Boundary St., Williamsburg; call 229-6511.
"Williamsburg is one of the most scenic and environmentally rich communities in the nation," says Alicia Braxton with the chamber.
Here are just some samples of what the brochures highlight:
Kayaking. You've got plenty of options such as the 140-acre Chickahominy Riverfront Park or the New Quarter Park and Queens Creek Blueway. The 996-acre Little Creek Reservoir Park even offers boat rentals.
Powhatan Creek Park and Blueway is an 18-mile tributary of the James River; it's mostly undeveloped, giving you great places to see birds and other wildlife while you paddle your kayak or canoe.
Boating. Overnight and transient boaters will find docking and restroom facilities, as well as beaches and eateries, at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown.
Birding and wildlife watching. Greensprings Greenway Interpretive Trail behind Jamestown High School on Route 5 features more than 200 species of birds, many of which you can see from a three-mile hiking trail and a 600-foot boardwalk over wetlands.
In the city of Williamsburg, look for woodland birds, waterfowl and other wildlife along a three-mile trail winding through forests adjacent to the home of John D. Rockefeller.
Fishing. The 23-mile-long Colonial Parkway that goes from Yorktown to Jamestown offers numerous turnouts with access to the York and James rivers, as well as estuaries, all teeming with fish.
A fishing pier at the Yorktown waterfront is free and no fishing license needed.
Horseback riding. Stonehouse Stables and York River State Park each offer trails and enticing vistas.
Walking and hiking. The Yorktown Battlefield, Williamsburg historic area and Jamestown Island Drive are just three areas where you can lose calories while you count steps.
The Williamsburg Area Bicyclists Club helped compile this brochure, which features eight of the most popular biking trails. Routes take you through the historic area of Williamsburg, along the Virginia Capital Trail which traverses 50-plus walking and biking miles and through the Three County Challenge which is a ride through the rural regions of James City, New Kent and York counties.
A Williamsburg Winery ride stops at the winery where you can have lunch and sit a spell.
The bicyclists club also offers an extensive Guide to Cycling Routes in and around Williamsburg. The guide provides details routing information on 25 rides. To join the club or get the guide, visitwww.wabonline.org.
As far back as 1774, John Murray, Earl of Dunmore, practiced his golf game on the grounds of the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg. Even earlier, various items of golfing equipment were listed in the estates of 17th-century coastal Virginia planters.
Today, Williamsburg boasts 14 award-winning courses, and has been named one of the top 25 golf destinations in the world.
Williamsburg's newest course, the Yorktown, is a 7,000-plus yard challenge with two of the last three holes measuring more than 600 yards each.