Outdoor Activities

James River Waterfront at City Point
Old City Point Waterfront Park

Eastern Front Unit - Self Guided Trails

You can learn about significant battles during the Siege by walking on the same grounds where they were fought. The Eastern Front Unit includes three historic interpretive trails that cover the opening attacks on Petersburg (Stop 1), the Battle of Fort Stedman (Stop 5) and the Battle of the Crater (Stop 8). These walking trails are approximately 1/2 mile long and include wayside exhibits and, in some cases, audio boxes to help you learn more about the events.

** Although trails are paved, there are areas where people in wheelchairs may have difficulty navigating slopes and rough areas. Please proceed with caution.

Eastern Front Unit - Nature Trails

There are approximately 10 miles of nature trails located within the Eastern Front Unit. The trails are suitable for hiking, running, and bicycling. For those who own their own horses, horseback riding is also allowed on the allotted trails. Trail maps are available at the Eastern Front Visitor Center and online.

General Grant's Headquarters Unit
As you walk the grounds of the General Grant's Headquarters Unit, you will find a number of wayside exhibits explaining the history of the site including the free and enslaved people who lived at Appomattox Plantation, as well as exhibits focusing on important events which took place at City Point during the Siege of Petersburg. If you continue your walk to the James River waterfront, you will find the Old City Point Waterfront Park which includes a fishing pier as well as exhibits dealing with the wharf operation which helped supply an average of 120,000 Union soldiers during the siege. Also, while in Hopewell, please take advantage of the new Hopewell River Walk which opened in April, 2019. It's a great way to experience the history and beauty of the Appomattox River.

Five Forks - Self Guided Tour
The Five Forks Battlefield Unit has a driving tour which included 5 stops with wayside exhibits. In addition to the auto tour stops, there is an 8 mile nature trail system within the unit. Like the Eastern Front trail system, the trails are suitable for hiking, running, bicycling and, in some cases, horseback riding.

Last updated: May 3, 2019

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Petersburg National Battlefield Administration Office
1539 Hickory Hill Road

Petersburg, VA 23803


(804) 732-3531 x0

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