Lower Oyster Loop

Oyster reefs no longer project above the waves, but echoes of the Chesapeake John Smith explored still await Antebellum mansion at Chippokes State Park  Antebellum mansion at Chippokes State Park along the lower James. Never a true island, Jamestown Island remains hemmed in by forest and marsh, connected to the mainland by only a narrow spit of land. Downstream, the developed waterfront of Newport News on the north bank contrasts with the parks, preserves and farms on the Jamesí southern shore.

The lower James widens to more than 5 miles, resembling a bay more than a river. Tributary streams like Powhatan Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery at Jamestown Settlement Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery Creek offer excellent fishing and are ideal for exploration by canoe or kayak. Chippokes Plantation State Park offers cabins and camping as well as hiking and biking trails.

Motorists traveling on the southern shore will find museums and other services in Smithfield. One of the nationís most scenic roads, the Colonial Parkways connects Jamestown to Yorktown via the restored colonial capital of Williamsburg. It also affords motorists views of the York River.

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