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

Fall Classes - Registration Now Open!

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Archery 101 - Ages 9-15

In this course designed for beginner to intermediate ability, learn the safe use and handling of recurve bows and arrows in addition to proper range procedures. All equipment provided. Register by 9/22 to reserve your spot. Sessions take place between 9/29-10/20 at Warhill Sports Complex.

Archery for Adults - Ages 16+

Do you remember shooting bows and arrows at camp when you were a kid or maybe you’ve always wanted to? In this course, designed for beginner to intermediate ability, you’ll learn the safe use and handling of recurve bows and arrows as well as work on your concentration and upper body strength. Register by 9/22 to reserve your spot. Sessions take place between 9/29-10/20 at Warhill Sports Complex.

Freedom Park Night Hikes - All Ages

Come experience the sights and sounds of Freedom Park after dark! Join park staff on a guided nature walk through the park as the sun sets, and get a chance to see some of the nocturnal wildlife that roams the park! Friday, Sept. 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 26 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center, weather permitting. 

Forest Explorers Walk & Talk - All Ages

Join us on the first Saturday of every month this fall for a nature program and guided walk on the Living Forest Interpretive trail! One of our expert nature guides will present a nature program on a different topic, then lead children and their parents on a trip through the forest to learn about plants, wildlife, insects, and anything else we may encounter! The nature program will take place at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. Guided walks will begin at the Freedom Park playground from 10 a.m. - noon. Weather permitting.

  • Oct. 6: Backyard Birds (9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.)
  • Nov. 3: Mammals (9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.)

ABC's of Starting Pollinator Gardens - Ages 16+

Would you like to see more birds, bees, and butterflies in your yard? Not know where to start? Fall is the best time to plant perennials - join us at Freedom Park to learn where to begin. Get ideas for trees, shrubs, and perennials, which will have your yard buzzing with activity next summer! Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6-7 p.m. at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. 

Challenges of Gardening in James City County - Ages 16+

Whether you are new to gardening here or you want to get started, challenges meet you each season. Come learn about the soil, the weather, the critters, and other obstacles that you can overcome—or at least manage. Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6-7 p.m.at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. 

Adventure is Out There!

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.  

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