• Paddling on the Potomac River

    Potomac Heritage

    National Scenic Trail DC,MD,PA,VA

Virginia's Tidewater Potomac Flora

In general, writes Karen T. Zachary in Cultural Landscapes of the Potomac, the vegetation of the Coastal Plain is the oak-pine forest type. “Close examination, however, reveals a mosaic of different forest” types that arise from the distinctive hydrology of the soils here. These soil characteristics include water-holding capacity and the frequency and duration of floods. “In fairly dry areas,” writes Zachary, “chestnut oak, red maple, white oak and hickory dominate, while in well-drained areas tulip poplar is added to the combination. In floodplains and along the banks of the Potomac, where vegetation has to tolerate some degree of salt water inundation, sycamore and birch thrive.”

Did You Know?

Samuel Cooper

The Civil War Defenses were generally named after well known Union officers (many deceased during the war). This was not always the case. Fort Williams was first named Fort Traitor because the owner, Samuel Cooper (left), pledged an oath to the Union only to become a Confederate later on in the war.