Middle Peninsula State Park
Bordered by Chesapeake Bay and the tidal estuaries of the Rappahannock and York rivers, Virginia’s Middle Peninsula offers the potential for first-class boating and waterfront recreation. But until 2005, the peninsula had no state park offering waterfront access. In 2002, voters passed the $119 million Parks and Natural Areas Bond, that called for acquisition of land for a state park. In September 2005, TPL helped create the new park by acquiring 438 acres of open fields, hardwood forest, and marshlands along the York River. In addition to providing opportunities for recreation, conservation of the land will help protect the water quality of Chesapeake Bay. This is one of three properties protected by TPL in 2004-2005 to create new state parks in Virginia.