• Poplar Grove National Cemetery Luminary Event (photo courtesy of Joanne Williams)


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  • No Parking Available in the Eastern Front Unit August 2

    Free shuttle service will transport all visitors to and from the Eastern Front Unit on August 2 during 150th Anniv. of the Battle of the Crater events. Shuttles will depart from the Farmer's Market located at 9 Old St. in Old Towne Petersburg.

  • Eastern Front Unit Trails Closed to Horse Traffic on August 2

    Those who would like to ride horses at the park on Aug. 2 are encouraged to use the trails at Five Forks in Dinwiddie County as other trails will be closed to horses that day while the park commemorates the 150th Anniv. of the Battle of the Crater.

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".


July 18, 2014:
No horseback riding will be allowed at the Eastern Front Unit on Saturday, August 2 as the park commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of the Crater. This also means that the horse trailer parking area off of Hickory Hill Road will be closed that day as well. We encourage those who would like to ride horses in the park that day to enjoy the trail system at the Five Forks Unit in Dinwiddie County. The horse trailer parking area is located off of White Oak Road, just east of Five Forks.

*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?

The Crater in Petersburg

The 4th Division of the Union 9th Corps lost 209 men killed and wounded at the Battle of the Crater. Poplar Grove National Cemetery is the resting spot for 331 United States Colored Troops. Most of these men are unidentified burials from the Crater battlefield. (Petersburg Nat'l Battlefield)