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Guided Tours

Petersburg National Battlefield's daily summer tours usually occur from June through mid-August when staffing and weather permit.

Eastern Front Auto-Caravan Tours are 75 minutes long and begin at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am and 2:30 pm. The caravan tour begins with a walk to Battery V (behind the visitor center) where the ranger will talk about the opening attacks on Petersburg. The tour continues to Tour Stop 3 where soldier life in the trenches is discussed, and then the tour concludes at Tour Stop 5 with a talk about the Battle of Fort Stedman. Visitors use their own vehicles to follow the park ranger from one stop to the next.

Battle of the Crater Walking Tours begin each day from the Tour Stop 8 parking lot at 11:30 am and 4:00 pm (15 minutes after the conclusion of the caravan tours). The 45-60 minute program focuses on one of the most vicious battles of the entire Civil War.

- Ranger guided tours will be offered in the off-season when staffing allows.

- For information about park programming, please call the Visitor Center at (804) 732-3531 ext. 200 on the day of your visit.

Did You Know?


Bobcats are rarely seen residents of Petersburg National Battlefield's Five Forks Unit. Averaging in size to twice that of the common house cat, Bobcats enjoy the widest North American habitat range of any wildcat. At Five Forks their diet consists mainly of mice, squirrels, and other small prey.