York River

A bridge on Route 17 connects Yorktown, Va., with Gloucester Point, seen on Aug. 24, 2018. "Gloucester Point, Va." by Will Parson is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

The York River is a navigable estuary that begins at the confluence of the Pamunkey and Mataponi Rivers in West Point, Virginia. From there, it flows 34 miles to the Chesapeake Bay and Mobjack Bay. In the summer, marine species such as sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins may make their way into the river. Five miles inland of the river’s mouth is Yorktown, just one of several historically and culturally relevant sites along the river. (Based on the Chesapeake Conservancy.)