Cornfield Trail Guide

Modern photo of the historic Cornfield


The Cornfield Trail starts at Auto Tour Stop 4. The trail is 1.25 miles in length and takes approximately sixty minutes to complete. The terrain is gently rolling, but the surface can be slightly uneven, so good walking shoes are recommended.

Please stay on the trail and remember you are in an agricultural area. There are groundhog holes and poison ivy, so watch your footing. Please note that the Cornfield is not always planted in corn. The National Park Service issues permits to local farmers who plant crops and pasture animals that help the park maintain the rural appearance of the landscape.

You will be hiking most of the area where the early morning action of battle took place. More than 25,000 men in blue and gray struggled mightily for control of this northern end of the field. As many as 8,000 men were killed or wounded from dawn until 9:00 a.m. during two major Union attacks and numerous Confederate counterattacks.
Cornfield Trail Map 2021

Cornfield Trail

Last updated: October 15, 2021

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