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Yorktown Battlefield, a unit of Colonial National Historical Park

Important Notices

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Description

From the visitor center, two driving loops access approximately 35 wayside exhibits commemorating the defeat of Lord Cornwallis in the last significant battle in the fight for American independence. These driving loops pass through a combination of open mowed fields, former battlefields and both upland and riparian woodlands. By driving these loops, birders may expect to encounter bald eagles, osprey, woodland birds, and species that favor the open grasslands. Additionally, during the warmer months, a variety of butterflies and dragonflies are present. Whitetail deer, groundhogs, and squirrels are also plentiful and conspicuous.

Note: Entrance fee required.

Directions

Physical Address: 1000 Colonial Parkway, Yorktown, Virginia 23690

From eastbound I-64, take exit 242B for Yorktown, to the Colonial Parkway. Follow the parkway to its end.

From westbound I-64, take exit 250B for Route 105 East (Fort Eustis Boulevard east) to Route 17 (George Washington Memorial Highway). Turn left (North) onto Route 17. Follow the signs to the Yorktown Battlefield.

From the Previous Site on the Lower Peninsula Loop of VBWT: From New Quarter Park, return to the Colonial Parkway and travel east towards Yorktown. The Parkway ends at the Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (757) 898-2433, dorothy_geyer@nps.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Entrance Fee, Open Daily 9:00 am - Sunset (must enter by 4:30 pm), Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Visitor/Nature Center
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Parking
  • Phone
  • Picnic
  • Restrooms