Colonial National Historical Parkway Travel Guide

  • April 1963
    April 1963
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    Picture taken at VA199 overpass
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  • Marina from the Colonial Parkway
    Marina from the Colonial Parkway
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Colonial National Historical Parkway Things to Do

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    Place to stop and read the signs 3 more images

    by grandmaR Written Feb 18, 2006

    There are various turnouts (scenic overlooks) along the Colonial Parkway which allow you to read the informational signs, and look at the scenery. It was difficult for me to get Bob to stop at these points. In fact we did not stop at any of them, although we took the Jamestown Loop automobile trail (5 miles) where he did drive the car up to the signs so I could photograph them.

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Colonial National Historical Parkway Warnings and Dangers

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    Parkway from the car

    by grandmaR Written Mar 14, 2005

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    The road is meant to give you a 'colonial experience' from the car. Practically speaking, this means that there is minimal signage and NO lines on the road. You have to be able to drive on the road without the normal road markings to keep you in your lane.

    Also be aware that there's NO services on this road. No food and no fuel.

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    Parkway near Jamestown from the car 2 more images

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 14, 2005

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    I did not get a picture of the sign, but cyclists are warned that the road has open joints. They look pretty deep, although the ones parallel to the road look to be mostly in the middle.

    Note that there is no cyclists path marked off.

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Colonial National Historical Parkway Sports & Outdoors

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    Marina from the Colonial Parkway

    by grandmaR Written Feb 18, 2006

    I saw what looked like a marina from the Colonial Parkway, but I have been unable to find anything out about it.

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    April 1963 2 more images

    by grandmaR Updated Aug 24, 2009

    Favorite thing: If you want to drive on a road that has no visual pollution, this is the place. The first photo was taken in 1963. The other two were taken 40+ years later

    On this road, there are no signs or other normal highway accoutrements visible. The bridges are low brick arches with round holes in them (why the round holes I don't know) which is described on the website as clad in antiquated "Virginia-style" brick laid in English and Flemish bonds and, "A labor intensive process of brooming and acid washing was used to expose the aggregate in the pavement to simulate the shell and marl roads of colonial Yorktown."

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