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?
On July 6, 1781, near Jamestown, the Marquis de Lafayette’s small American force fought General Cornwallis’s army at the Battle of Green Spring. Lafayette lost this, Virginia’s largest infantry battle of the war, but saved his army, enabling him to spy on the British army as it moved to Yorktown.