|Safety everywhere you go
- Heat and humidity are major safety hazards. Stay in the shade when you can, drink plenty of water, wear a hat, and take it easy if you are outside for long periods, whether you're exploring a historical site or taking a hike. High humidity can add another five degrees to the "feels like" temperature. Sunscreen is often a good idea too.
- Check the weather with the National Weather Service or other sources. Thunderstorms can pop up quickly: remember that if you hear thunder, you're in reach of a lightning strike, so take cover.
- Watch your step. Humid conditions and rain can make streets, sidewalks, and boardwalk trails surprisingly slick.
- Lock your vehicle and put valuables out of site.
Ticks are prevalent. Mostly active spring to fall, these pesky biters can transmit Lyme disease and other illnesses. To protect yourself:
For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Ticks page.
- avoid brushy areas and dense leafy areas where ticks are abundant
- wear long pants and sleeves
- check your skin and clothes frequently for ticks,
- use an appropriate insect repellent containing DEET
- shower soon after being outdoors.
Bicycling is permitted on the 24 mile Colonial Parkway that connects Historic Jamestowne to Yorktown. The Colonial Parkway has rolling hills and traffic. Cycling the Colonial parkway is recommended for intermediate or expert cyclist only and not recommended for children cyclist.
Cyclists are required to ride single file.
Bicycle accidents can occur anywhere - even in a national park. We want your visit to the park to be safe and enjoyable. Please observe the national park regulations and safety suggestions on this page. Parents and group leaders: Please set an example of responsible cycling.
Historic Jamestowne Tour Loop Drive and Yorktown Battlefield Tour Roads
Bicyclists must obey all the same traffic laws as motorists. Ride to the right side of the road, with traffic in single file. Observe all traffic signs, including speed limits.
On tour roads, ride only in the direction indicated by the one-way signs. Be alert for walkers, other bicyclists, vehicles and wildlife.
Ride only on paved roadways. To protect natural and cultural resources, including archaeological sites and earthworks, off-road bicycling is prohibited.
Ride with at least one other person if possible. All bicyclists should wear a helmet and proper eye protection.
A few joints in the pavement along the Colonial Parkway may be wide enough to catch a bike tire and affect your balance or control.
Wear brightly colored clothing for improved visibility. Avoid riding at night or during times of reduced light.
Virginia can be very hot during the summer. It is wise to carry and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
Tour Roads are open to pedestrians, bicycles and motor vehicles. Safety issues prohibit buses, motor homes or vehicles over 5-tons from using them. All state and local traffic regulations apply.
COLONIAL PARKWAY TUNNEL
- Clearance/height of tunnel at curb line, Jamestown-bound: 10' 4"
- Clearance/height of tunnel at curb line, Yorktown-bound: 10' 6"
- Clearance at the two rows of overhead tunnel lights: 14' 8"
Yorktown Battlefield is located on approximately 3500 acres. The Battlefield is comprised of both natural and suburban areas with 16 miles of battlefield tour roads. To help protect park resources and ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone, please follow park rules and posted regulations.
General Safety ·
- In an Emergency call 911. ·
- Stay off all earthworks. ·
- Please dispose of your garbage in trash containers or take it with you when you leave. ·
- Swimming is prohibited in all water areas within the legislative boundary of Yorktown Battlefield.
Driving Safety ·
- Obey all traffic laws and speed limits. ·
- Always wear your safety belt. ·
- Obey all vehicle weight and size limits. ·
- Stay on designated tour roads. ·
- Parking outside of designated areas is prohibited. ·
- Lock your valuables in your car. ·
- Be alert for pedestrians, bicyclists, and wildlife.
- Bicycling is permitted on the tour roads of Yorktown battlefield. ·
- Bicyclist must obey the same traffic laws as motorist.
- Ride to the right side of the road with traffic in a single file.
- Observe all traffic signs including speed limits. ·
- On tour roads, ride only in the direction indicated by the one-way signs. ·
- Be alert for pedestrians, other bicyclists, vehicles and wildlife. ·
- Ride only on paved roadways.
- To protect natural and cultural resources, including archeological sites and earthworks, Off road biking is prohibited. ·
- Plan Ahead. Know your equipment, your abilities and the area in which you are riding, and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times;keep your bicycle in good repair, and carrying necessary supplies for changes in weather. ·
- Ride with at least one other person if possible.
- All bicyclists should wear a helmet and proper eye protection. ·
- A few joints in the pavement along the Colonial Parkway may be wide enough to catch a bike tire and affect your balance or control. ·
- Wear brightly colored clothing and avoid riding at night or during times of reduced light. ·
- Virginia can be very hot in the summer. It is wise to carry and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
- Walk against traffic. ·
- Stay on designated tour roads and trails. ·
- Watch your step on uneven surfaces. ·
- Be careful crossing busy streets. ·
- Be alert for bicyclist and vehicles. ·
- Keep a safe distance from wildlife ·
- Walk with at least one other person if possible. ·
- Virginia can be very hot in the summer.
- It is wise to carry and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
- Pets must be kept on a leash at all times. ·
- Pets are not allowed inside the visitor center or National Cemetery, unless a designated assistive animal.
- Pet excrement must be removed from the park by the pet owner handler.
- Do not feed wildlife. ·
- Do not approach wildlife and keep a safe distance. ·
- Ticks and Mosquitoes can be numerous in spring and summer. Take measures to minimize exposure.
- Virginia can be very hot in the summer. It is wise to carry and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. ·
- Thunderstorms can be severe and develop suddenly. Stay aware and seek shelter if one approaches. ·
- High winds can knock down trees and branches, use caution on windy days.