Self Guided Battlefield Tours

Auto tour sign
The tour route is marked by these auto tour directional and stop signs.


Official Battle of Cedar Creek Self Guided Auto Tour

Follow the battle from where the Confederate soldiers surprised the sleeping Union camps in the foggy dawn of October 19, 1864 to the final counterattack late that afternoon.

The Tour
This 17.5-mile tour consists of 9 stops.

Distance: 17.5 miles
Time: Allow 2 Hours
Start: Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP Visitor Contact Station - 7712 Main Street Middletown, VA 22645
To start the tour, turn left out of the parking lot and proceed 1.9 miles south on U.S. Route 11 to the Stop 1, which is located at a gravel pull-off just beyond Belle Grove Road.

Road Conditions: All of the roads used are public (state or county) and traffic on some can be fairly heavy (especially the Valley Pike, U.S. Route 11). Use caution, especially when pulling into traffic or slowing for a stop. Obey all posted speed limits and traffic regulations.

Caution: Buses and RVs should not attempt this tour. Long Meadow Road and Bowman’s Mill Road, located at the southern end of the park, are unimproved (narrow, gravel surfaced and two-way – Commercial buses and large RVs are not allowed on these roads). Some roads are very narrow and two sections include low clearances.

You can pick up the tour brochure at the trail head, the NPS Visitor Contact Station or find it here.


Battle App for Iphone and Android

The Civil War Trust, the nation's largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization, today announced the newest entry in its popular Battle App series - a free, multimedia and GPS-enabled smartphone tour of the Cedar Creek Battlefield, available for both iPhone and Android phones. The project was underwritten with a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation and created in partnership with NeoTreks, Inc., an industry leader in mobile GPS-based touring.

Featuring GPS navigation, primary source material and the commentary of respected historians, the Cedar Creek Battle App offers the convenience of a self-guided tour with the benefits of an expert-led presentation - and all at no cost. To date, more than 50,000 people have downloaded the Trust's Battle Apps, offerings which have, on average earned 4-star reviews from users.


For more detailed tours see:

*Joseph W. A. Whitehorne, Self-Guided Tour of The Battle of Cedar Creek (Center of Military History, U.S. Army, DC, 1992). For sale at Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Headquarters, Hupp's Hill Civil War Park and Belle Grove

The Battle of Cedar Creek by Kurz and Allison
Battle of Cedar Creek

Kurz and Allison

Last updated: March 9, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 700
Middletown, VA 22645



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