In the Fall of 2015, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania began a popular new hiking series, combining health and history leading up to the National Park Service's Centennial year. Called "Fit-History" Hikes, these ranger-led programs are designed to cover a lot of ground in addition to a lot of history. In 2018, we will have one hiking series in the spring and one in the fall.
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“Fit-History” Hikes for Spring 2019
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park will once again combine health and history with a new series of “Fit-History” hikes. These ranger-led hikes are designed to cover a lot of ground in addition to a lot of history. Including shorts stops for rest and history, we try to average 2 miles per hour. All hikes begin at 10 a.m.
April 20: Ecology of “The Wilderness” (2.5 miles) The plants, animals, and natural resources found within the Wilderness Battlefield have a story to tell. Join ranger Becca Jameson to hike through “The Wilderness” and listen to what nature tells us about the area’s history. Meet at Hill-Ewell Drive Picnic area between Tour Stops #3 and #4, Wilderness Battlefield (GPS Coordinates: 38.310931, -77.751347)
May 4: Chancellorsville History Trail (4.3 miles) Take a hike on one of the park’s most popular trails with historian John Hennessy. Learn about the struggles of soldiers and civilians alike in the tangled wooded landscape. Meet at the Chancellorsville Visitor Center, 9001 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, 22553.
May 18: Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle (3 miles) Join historian Britt Brewer to explore the fighting at the Bloody Angle and Lee’s second line. Meet at Tour Stop #3, Spotsylvania Battlefield (GPS Coordinates: 38.223558, -77.601730)
June 1: Fredericksburg Battlefield: Prospect Hill (3.5 miles) Join historian Nathan Varnold for a hike along the elevation change on the southern end of the Fredericksburg battlefield. Learn how terrain, and the slope of Prospect Hill, gave an advantage to the Confederate counterattack on December 13, 1862. Meet at Tour Stop #6, Fredericksburg Battlefield (GPS Coordinates: 38.248090, -77.435651)
When attending any of our Fit-History programs, please remember to wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water, and pack a snack. Bug spray and long pants are also suggested.