Elsewhere in the Tidewater and Piedmont regions, continental weather overcomes the eastern marine influence to produce colder winters.
By the early 21st century Virginia was among the most prosperous states in the South and in the country as a whole.
Its northern counties reflect the cosmopolitan character of the country’s capital, and Civil War.
Black bears still are found in Virginia’s mountains and in the Great Dismal Swamp.
Common fauna are rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, opossums, muskrats, woodchucks, foxes, and deer.
The Valley and Ridge province consists of linear ridges in its western segment and the region of the eastern United States) consists of lower rolling hills, reaching from the Blue Ridge to the fall line, the place where rivers descend, often in rapids, from higher and geologically older regions onto the flatter coastal plains.
To the east the Coastal Plain province—or region—lies low between the fall line and the Atlantic coast.In southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, January temperatures average about 40 °F (4 °C); July temperatures average in the upper 70s F (about 26 °C).These temperatures allow growing seasons of up to eight months, three months longer than those in far western Virginia.Game fish and smaller panfish abound in Virginia’s inland waters and offshore.is one of the world’s richest marine-life estuaries, noted for finfish, blue crabs, oysters, and clams.Less common are otters, beavers, mink, and wildcats.