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.

Equestrian Trail Update - February 9, 2021: A large portion of the Eastern Front Unit equestrian trails have reopened following trail repairs conducted by our maintenance staff. A small area near Poor Creek remains closed while park staff works to rehabilitate that section of the trail system. As a reminder, the horse trailer parking area for the Eastern Front Unit is located behind our Administrative building located at:

1539 Hickory Hill Road
Petersburg, VA

Equestrian Trail Map

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 and links onto larger trail systems. The Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) have done great work to create and enhance trails in the Hopewell/Petersburg area. Utilizing the trail system is 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. The nature/primitive trails are suitable for hiking, running, bicycling and, in some cases, horseback riding.

Last updated: February 9, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Petersburg National Battlefield Administration Office
1539 Hickory Hill Road

Petersburg, VA 23803


(804) 732-3531 x203
Office Telephone As of Oct. 7, 2020, telephones in the visitor center are not working. Please e-mail questions to the address listed.

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