Vegetation Inventory and Map for Shenandoah National Park

Timber Hollow
Sunset from Timber Hollow Overlook

NPS Photo / Neal Lewis


Over 1,400 species of vascular plants are found in Shenandoah National Park. The park's 70-mile length and 3,500-foot elevation range create numerous habitats that support a wide variety of forest cover types. The primary factors determining which plants grow in certain areas of Shenandoah National Park are elevation, available moisture Chestnut oak and red oak forests are most common in the park, but other forest types such tulip poplar, cove hardwood, and even small areas of spruce-fir forest, may also be found when exploring the park's hillsides, sheltered stream valleys, and peaks.

The Shenandoah National Park Vegetation Inventory Project delivers many geospatial and vegetation data products, including an in-depth project report discussing methods and results, which include descriptions to vegetation associations, field keys to vegetation associations, map classification, and map-class descriptions. The suite of products also includes a database of vegetation plots, and accuracy assessment (AA) sites; digital images of field sites; digital aerial imagery; digital maps; a contingency table listing AA results; and a geodatabase of vegetation, field sites (vegetation plots, and AA sites), aerial imagery, project boundary, and metadata.


The products of vegetation mapping projects are stored and managed in the National Park Service's Data Store, a repository for documents and publications relating to park resources. From the highlighted items below, click on the type of information you are looking for.

Last updated: October 19, 2018