Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the park open?

The park grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset except Thanksgiving Day, January 1 and December 25. Occasionally the park is closed because of a storm. To find out if the park is closed call the park at 540-693-3200 ext. 3190.

Building hours and staffing vary seasonally. Please check our Operating Hours & Seasons page for current information!


2. When are there special programs?

The park hosts a number of special programs and events every year! Check the special events and calendar sections of this website for current information.


3. Are there walking or driving tours of the battlefields?

There are self-guided walking trails as well as driving tours of all four battlefields. There are also CD tours to rent or purchase, which are longer and more detailed tours. Depending on the day of the week and time of year, there are also guided walking tours led by historians.

4. Are dogs allowed in the park?

Dogs on leashes are allowed in the park, with the exception of the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Service animals are permitted in all areas of the park, including the Fredericksburg National Cemetery and all buildings.

5. Are there horse trails in the park?

Areas where horses are allowed in the park are very limited. The park visitor centers has information on where these areas are located. Horses are not allowed on the hiking trails. If you have questions, contact the chief ranger at 540-693-3200 ext. 3010


6. Is there picnicking in the park?

Yes, each battlefield has a designated area where picnicking is allowed. Each area is small (only a couple of picnic tables) and it is a first come first served basis. Picnicking is only allowed at the picnic tables.


7. Is food available in the park?

No. There is no shortage of restaurants in the Fredericksburg area. The outlying areas of the park such as the Stonewall Jackson Shrine, Wilderness Battlefield and Spotsylvania Battlefield have fewer places to eat.


8. How much time should I allow myself to see the park?

We recommend at least two full days to see the entirety of the park at a comfortable pace. If you have more or less time, consult our Things To Do page for suggestions!


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