From Backcountry to Breadbasket to Battlefield—and Beyond

The Shenandoah Valley invites you to learn about its rich heritage, from Native Americans who first shaped the land, to pioneers of this frontier; this fertile area became one of the most important wheat producing regions of the entire South. The Valley also witnessed some of the most dramatic events of the Civil War, including the Battle of Cedar Creek, a decisive October 19, 1864 Union victory.

A group of about twenty people stand in a mowed hay field under a blue fall sky.


Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park invites you to join one of our many ranger led programs.

A ranger and a demonstrator demonstrate for an audience in a historic kitchen.

African American History Programs

The National Park Service and Belle Grove Plantation work together to share emerging knowledge of Valley's African American history.

A road sign labeled auto tour 6 marks a tour stop and exhibit by a cemetery.

Tour Cedar Creek Battlefield

Mount Carmel Cemetery is a stop on the auto tour of Cedar Creek Battlefield.

The rising sun lights the clouds over an antebellum stone mansion with a white portico.

Belle Grove Plantation

Visitors on tours of the 1797 Manor House learn about the plantation owners and enslaved workers alike

A mountain looms behind a grass field with a mowed trail and a belt of trees.

Walk the Morning Attack Trails

Follow the Morning Attack Trails to sites of the early morning attack during the Battle of Cedar Creek.

Last updated: June 27, 2022

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