• Yorktown Battlefield

    Yorktown Battlefield

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia

Rivers and Streams

Wormley Pond

Wormley Pond on Yorktown Battlefield

NPS Photo

More than 30 miles of shoreline along the James and York rivers help form the boundary of the park. In addition, approximately 24 miles of perennial streams and 30 miles of intermittent streams and drainage's flow through the park. Numerous freshwater and brackish creeks also flow through the park. The Colonial Parkway passes among upland and tidal streams as well as freshwater and brackish ponds. A freshwater spring and a small creek are at Green Spring plantation. Also, a series of springs and seeps originate on Yorktown Battlefield. Most of the water bodies and wetlands in the park have major portions of their drainage basin upstream and outside of park boundaries. Therefore, activities outside of the park can have a detrimental effect on water quality within the park (oil spills, erosion and sedimentation, chemical use).

Did You Know?

Living History Participants

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.