As a park that preserves four major Civil War battlefields and the "Stonewall" Jackson Death Site, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park is large and spread-out!
Fredericksburg Driving Tour
The Fredericksburg Battlefield driving tour begins at the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center, located along the Sunken Road portion of the battlefield. Stop 2 takes you across the river to Chatham Manor, a Union headquarters and field hospital. Stops 3-6 are along the Confederate defensive line, including the location of the only Union breakthrough during the battle.
Chancellorsville Driving Tour
The Chancellorsville Battlefield driving tour begins at the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center, located near where "Stonewall" Jackson was mortally wounded. The following stops weave through the battlefield, stopping at significant home sites and critical points of the battle, like Jackson's Flank Attack and the Hazel Grove-Fairview corridor. Consider driving to partner-owned Day 1 at Chancellorsville, just to the east, or drive the Jackson Trails in the footsteps of Jackson's soldiers on his famous flank march.
Wilderness Driving Tour
The Wilderness Battlefield driving tour begins at Grant's Headquarters, proceeds to the Wilderness Battlefield Exhibit Shelter in Saunders Field, where the battle opened, and continues down the Confederate line to the key corridor of the battlefield, stops 6-8. Ellwood Manor is open seasonally. The grounds at Ellwood are open and accessible via a gravel driveway from dawn to dusk.
Driving Tour Description
The Spotsylvania Battlefield driving tour begins at the Spotsylvania Battlefield Exhibit Shelter beside Laurel Hill where the battle opened. Follow the remaining tour stops to understand how this two week battle unfolded, with its horrific climax at the Bloody Angle, tour stop 3. As our best-preserved battlefield, Spotsylvania Battlefield also features a 7.5-mile trail that weaves throughout the battlefield. To see a set of reconstructed earthworks, deviate from the driving tour by bearing right before you reach stop 4, the Harrison House. The reconstructed works are at the road's dead end. Retrace your steps to continue on the driving tour.
Last updated: September 29, 2021