Yorktown Battlefield, a unit of Colonial National Historical Park

Important Notices

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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.


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.

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

Birds Recently Seen at Yorktown Battlefield, a unit of Colonial National Historical Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Mourning Dove
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • American Crow
  • Fish Crow

Seasonal Bird Observations


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