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Road / Trail Closures

GENERAL PARK CLOSURE: In the event of severe weather the park may need to be closed so snow and/or debris removal can take place. To determine the park's status of operation, please call (804) 732-3531 and then press "9".


*The northern portion of Poor Creek Trail is now open. The seasonal trail closure usually ends on July 15, however, the eagles have already left the nest so the trail has opened early.

*Seasonal Trail Closure Due to Bald Eagles Nesting (December 15 - July 15)
Northern portion of Poor Creek Trail located between tour stops 5 & 6.

A new, printable Eastern Front Unit trail map is available here.

Five Forks Trail System: The Five Forks Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield now has approximately eight miles of trails open to the public. These trails can be used for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Trail maps are available at the new Visitor Contact Station located at 9840 Courthouse Road in Dinwiddie County. Click here for a printable Five Forks Unit trail map.

Did You Know?

Charles Dimmock, Architect of the Petersburg defense line.

From the summer of 1862 until the spring of 1863, Confederate Captain Charles Dimmock appealed to slaveholders to hire their enslaved people, and also hired free black laborers to dig the ten-mile defense line around the City of Petersburg. The defenses became known as the Dimmock Line.