Park Regulations

Fredericksburg & SpotsylvaniaNational Military Park

March 2006

Compendium

Recommended By:

Keith Kelly, Chief Ranger

Approved By:

Russell P. Smith, Superintendent

Compilation of Regulations

In accordance with regulations and the delegated authority provided in Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR), Chapter 1, Parts 1 through 7 & 12, Authorized by Title 16 United States Code, Section 3, the following regulatory provisions are established for the proper management, protection, government and public use of those portions of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Unless otherwise stated these regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in 36 CFR, Chapter 1, Parts 1 through 7 & 12 (National Cemetery Regulations).

Visitors may obtain additional information or permit applications by contacting:

By mail:

Chief Ranger's Office

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

120 Chatham Lane

Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405

By calling:

(540) 899-2698

By fax:

(540) 372-3030

By Web site:

https://www.nps.gov/frsp

36 CFR 1.5 - CLOSURES AND PUBLIC USE LIMITS

The need for the following regulations is to provide for the maintenance of public health and safety; the protection of historic, scenic and/or environmental values; the protection of natural and cultural resources; and to aid in research and study. They will also provide for the implementation of management responsibilities; equitable allocation and use of facilities; and promote the avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities.

1.5 (a)(1)

The following park roads are closed to vehicular traffic.

· Chancellor Cemetery Road (Chancellorsville Battlefield)

· Landrum House Road (Spotsylvania Battlefield)

The following areas are closed to all public use and access from sunset to sunrise.

ChathamArea:

· Parking areas

· Roads

· Building

· Grounds

· Fields

· Woods

· Rappahannock River front area

FredericksburgBattlefield:

· Fredericksburg National Cemetery

· Visitor Center parking area and grounds (except the Sunken Road, which will remain open for pedestrian use at all times)

· Pontoon Crossing site

· Lee Hill Shelter and Trail

· Pickett Circle

· South Lee Drive

· All fields and woods throughout the battlefield

· All trails

Stonewall Jackson Shrine:

· Parking area

· roads

· grounds

· fields

· woods

ChancellorsvilleBattlefield:

· Bullock Road

· Chancellor House site

· Catharine Furnace parking area

· Visitor Center parking area and grounds

· Berry-Paxton Drive

· Slocum Drive

· Maury Birthplace and parking area

· Flank Attack parking area

· All fields and woods throughout the battlefield

· All trails

· McLaws Wedge parking

Wilderness Battlefield:

· Exhibit Shelter parking area and grounds

· Ellwood

· Tour Stop 12

· Hill-Ewell picnic area

· Widow Tapp parking area

· Grants Knoll

· Wilderness Tavern

· All fields and woods throughout the battlefield

· All trails

SpotsylvaniaBattlefield:

· All roads except Hancock Road

· All parking areas

· Trails

· All fields and woods throughout the battlefield

Old Salem Church:

· Parking area

· Grounds

Vehicles may not stop, stand, or remain on the following roads from sunset to sunrise.

Fredericksburg Battlefield:

· North Lee Drive

· New Jersey 15th monument

Chatham:

· Chatham Lane (outside entrance gate)

Chancellorsville Battlefield:

· Miles Drive (SR 618/River Road) within CBF

· Stuart Drive

· Sickles Drive

· McLaws Drive

· Old Furnace Road

· Catharine Furnace parking area

· Jackson Trail (East and West)

· Flank Attack exhibit area off State Route 3

Wilderness Battlefield:

· Hill-Ewell Drive

Spotsylvania Battlefield:

· Hancock Road

All park areas enclosed by chain-link fence are closed to public access and private vehicles, except for those on official business.

1.5 (a)(2) The following areas have been designated for a specific use or activity, under the conditions and /or restrictions as noted:

Sports and Recreation Limits

The park and National Cemetery are closed to public use involving sports or recreation in accordance with the Policy for Non-Traditional Uses. Regulated activities include but are not limited to kite-flying, ball playing, Frisbee throwing, model airplane flying and the use of other motorized or non-motorized devices.

Signs and Notices

The park and National Cemetery are closed to the posting of non-commercial signs. These include but are not limited to private signs, announcements, and political advertisements, except as may be permitted by the park’s policy on the Distribution of Printed Matter.

Parking

The parking of motor vehicles along park road shoulders is prohibited except as indicated under 36 CFR 2.16(g).

Picnicking

The park is closed to picnicking except in the areas designated for that purpose in accordance with 36 CFR 2.11.

Camping

The park is closed to camping except as may be permitted by living history groups in accordance with 36 CFR 2.50.

Geo-caching

Geo-caching is prohibited throughout the park and National Cemetery except that virtual caching is allowed.

36 CFR 1.6 - PERMITS

Special events, weddings, public assemblies, meetings, commercial filming and photography, sale or distribution of printed matter, and any other activities conducted by organized groups require a written permit from the Superintendent. Applications for a permit must be submitted within applicable time limits prior to the requested date of use. The permit must be approved prior to the event. (See FRSP Policy for Non-Traditional Uses)

36 CFR 2.1 - PRESERVATION OF NATURAL, CULTURAL, ARCHEOLOGICAL RESOURCES

2.1(a)(5) The following earthworks/archeological resources may be walked on utilizing an established trail designated or undesignated, for the purpose of viewing the battlefield or utilizing trails within the park:

· Prospect Hill overlook on Walker's Artillery Battalion's gun emplacements

· Lee Drive trail through Longstreet Corp hut site

· Olde Greenwich trail over earthworks to Lee Drive

· Olde Greenwich trail over earthworks to Pickett Circle

· Chancellorsville History Trail over Hooker's Last Line

· Trail over Posey's line to Furnace Road

· Horse trail through Catherine Furnace to Jackson Trail

· Trails over Anderson's Line to McLaws Drive

· Federal Line Trail over Warren's Line to Route 20

· Spotsylvania Trail over Lee's Middle Line to Harrison House Site

· Upton's Attack Trail over Dole's Salient earthworks

2.1(b) Shortcutting on all trails is prohibited.

2.1(c) Gathering of fruits, berries, and nuts in small quantities is permitted; but the quantity shall not exceed what can be consumed by an immediate family in one day. Gathering any other natural product is prohibited. Gathering is prohibited in the immediate vicinity of tour stops.

36 CFR 2.2 - WILDLIFE PROTECTION

2.2(d) Hunters may transport legally taken, properly tagged and identified wildlife through park areas via legally established accesses if no other access to their private property exists.

2.2(e) Viewing, or attempting to view, wildlife by means of motor vehicle headlights or other artificial light (spotlighting) is prohibited park wide.

36 CFR 2.4 - WEAPONS. TRAPS. AND NETS

2.4(d)(4) Landowners who have no other access to their property except across the park land via a legally established access may transport weapons to their property as long as they are rendered temporarily inoperable or are packed and cased or stored in a manner that will prevent their ready use in accordance with 36 CFR 2.4 (B) (3).

36 CFR 2.10 - CAMPING

2.10(a)The park is closed to camping except as may be permitted by living history groups in accordance with 36 CFR 2.50.

36 CFR 2.11 - PICNICKING

The park is closed to picnicking except in designated picnic areas. Designated picnic areas are found in the following areas:

· Chatham

· Fredericksburg Visitor Center

· Pickett Circle

· Chancellorsville Visitor Center

· Hill-Ewell Drive Picnic Area

· Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter

· Jackson Shrine

36 CFR 2.13 - FIRES

2.13(a)(1) Open fires are prohibited in the park except in grills provided in picnic areas.

36 CFR 2.15 - PETS

2.15(a)(5) Pet excrement shall be removed by the pet owner/handler from picnic areas, exhibit areas, trails, and other high public use areas.

2.15(e) Pets may be kept by park residences under the conditions established by the park Superintendent.

36 CFR 2.16 - HORSE AND PACK ANIMALS

2.16(a)Thefollowing animals are designated by the Superintendent as pack animals: Horses, burros, donkeys and mules.

2.16(b) The use of horses or pack animals is permitted only on the following trails, routes or areas:

· Park road shoulders

· Paved portions of roads where such travel is incidental to use of road shoulders, i.e. crossing from one side of the road to another.

· Apperson Maintenance Access Trail in Wilderness Battlefield

The use of horses or other pack animals elsewhere in the park including on otherwise established hiking trails, picnic areas, fields and woods is prohibited.

2.16(g) Organized groups and groups with larger than 4 horses or pack animals are required to call the park at least 14 days prior to their proposed ride in order to obtain permission from the Superintendent.

Trailer parking is allowed at the following locations:

· Slocum Drive road shoulders

· Hill-Ewell Drive east road shoulder between Wilderness Run bridge and Lee Dr.

· Anderson Drive road shoulder opposite bus turn-around

36 CFR 2.18 - SNOWMOBILES

Operation of snowmobiles is prohibited everywhere in the park.

36 CFR 2.19 - WINTER ACTIVITIES

Cross country skiing and snowshoeing is allowed on established park trails and road shoulders only. Sledding, tobogganing, tubing, etc. is prohibited park wide.

36 CFR 2.21 - SMOKING

Smoking is prohibited in all park buildings.

36 CFR 2.22 - PROPERTY

Property may not be left unattended longer than 24 hours unless specific permission is given by the Superintendent.

36 CFR 2.35 - ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

2.35(a)(3) In an effort to conform with Virginia State law and to protect park visitors and resources, all public use areas of the park are closed to the consumption of alcoholic beverages and/or the possession of a bottle, can, or other receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage that is open, or that has been opened, or whose seal is broken, or the contents of which have been partially removed. The Superintendent has determined that the use of alcoholic beverages is an inappropriate activity considering the purpose for which the park was established.

36 CFR 2.51 – Public Assemblies, Meetings

2.51(e) Permits for this type of activity will be issued by the Superintendent and limited to areas designated on maps contained in the Superintendents Office. Written application must be submitted to the Superintendent and received at least 7 days prior to the date desired for commencement of the activity. Those areas with designated locations include: Chatham Manor, Fredericksburg Visitor Center, Pickett’s Circle, Chancellorsville Visitor Center, Wilderness and Spotsylvania Shelters, and Jackson Shrine.

36 CFR 2.52 – Sale and Distribution of Printed Matter

2.52(e) Permits for this type of activity will be issued by the Superintendent and limited to areas designated on maps contained in the Superintendents Office. Written application must be submitted to the Superintendent and received at least 7 days prior to the date desired for commencement of the activity. Those areas with designated locations include: Chatham Manor, Fredericksburg Visitor Center, Pickett’s Circle, Chancellorsville Visitor Center, Wilderness and Spotsylvania Shelters, and Jackson Shrine.

36 CFR 3.21 - SWIMMING

Swimming and/or bathing is prohibited in all areas within the park. Use of park shorelines for access to swimming or bathing is prohibited.

36 CFR 4.21 - SPEED LIMITS

4.21(b)The speed limit is set at 20 miles/hour on the following roads:

· Hancock Road

· Jackson Trail (East and West)

· Stonewall Jackson Shrine entrance road

The speed limit is set at 25 miles/hour on the following roads:

· North Lee Drive (from Lafayette Blvd. to the bottom of the south side of Howison Hill)

· Bullock Road

· Hooker Drive

· Grant Drive

· Anderson Drive

· Gordon Drive

· Bloody Angle Drive

· Burnside Drive

· Berry-Paxton Drive

The speed limit is set at 35 miles/hour on all other park roads.

36 CFR 4.30 - BICYCLES

4.30(a)Bicycles are restricted to established public roads and parking areas, except for the designated bike path connecting South Lee Drive to State Route 750.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

120 Chatham Ln
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Phone:

(540) 693-3200

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