• Yorktown Battlefield

    Yorktown Battlefield

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia

Forests

Aerial view of Yorktown forest
Aerial view of forest on Yorktown Battlefield
Chuck Rafkind
 
Three types of forests grow on parklands. These include the pine, mixed pine and hardwood and hardwood forest types. Loblolly and Virginia pine is the dominant species. A number of hardwood species exist in both the wet and dry areas of the park. The dry species include tulip poplar, white oak, willow oak, black cherry, red oak and hickory. Hardwood species found in the wet or poorly drained soils include sweet gum, white ash, red maple, black walnut, black gum and sycamore.

Did You Know?

Civil War Earthworks around Yorktown

Yorktown played a role in not only the American Revolution but also during the Civil War. In 1862 it was the site of the first siege operations of the Civil War. In May 1862 Confederates abandoned Yorktown and Union troops occupied it for the remainder of the war.