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Follow the Battle at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

A long line of re-enactors portraying Union soldiers.
A long line of reenactors portraying Union soldiers.

NPS

Follow the Battle of Cedar Creek from where the Confederate soldiers surprised the sleeping Union camps in the foggy dawn of October 19, 1864, to the final counterattack late that afternoon.

Ranger Program

A two-hour guided tour, using a car-caravan system (visitors follow the ranger's vehicle), which covers the Battle of Cedar Creek in a chronological fashion. This 13 mile tour follows the major events of the fighting and includes approximately 5 or 6 stops at key battlefield landmarks. Meet at the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP Visitor Contact Station.

Self Guided Tour

This 18-mile self-guided auto tour consits of 10 stops, starting at the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Headquarters. Download the driving tour directions and map or find a podcast audio version of the tour to listen to. For more information on the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley visit the park website.
Details
Distance: 18 miles
Time: Allow 2 Hours
Pets are allowed, but must remain on a leash at all times. Service animals are welcome in all of our park buildings and on the grounds. 
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park is a no fee park for the interim visitor contact station and ranger led programs. 
 7712 Main Street, Middletown, Virginia 22645
 

Car
The park is located near the intersection of Interstates 81 and 66 in the northern Shenandoah Valley. The historic Valley Pike (U.S. Route 11) runs through the park. Strasburg and Middletown are adjacent to the park.

From the North -
Take I-81 exit 302 and then head south on U.S. Route 11. The office is located in the Middletown Courts strip mall on your left. It is before you go through the only traffic light in Middletown.

From the South - 
Take I-81 exit 298 and then go north on U.S. 11. The office is located in the Middletown Courts strip mall on your right, just after going through the only traffic light in Middletown.

From the East - (Metro Washington DC)
Take I-66 West to I-81 North and then follow exit 302 and then head south on U.S. Route 11. The office is located in the Middletown Courts strip mall on your left. It is before you go through the only traffic light in Middletown.

Facilities. The Park Headquarters office is located at 8693 Valley Pike in Middletown. (Please call ahead to make sure the office is staffed before visiting--540-868-9176).

The Cedar Creek Foundation Headquarters and Belle Grove Plantation house are located on U.S. 11 just a few miles south of Middletown (or north of Strasburg).

Park Map click here for a downloadable map of the park.

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP Visitor Contact Station

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. We have reduced winter hours from November - March. Always call ahead, especially during the winter, to make sure the Visitor Contact Station is open. We have a limited staff and sometimes we have to close due to unforeseen circumstances.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday:  - 
  • Monday:  - 
  • Tuesday:  - 
  • Wednesday:  - 
  • Thursday:  - 
  • Friday:  - 
  • Saturday:  - 

Winter Hours

  • Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Accessibility Information
The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove Visitor Contact Station and Headquarters buildings are handicap accessible. Service animals are welcome in all of our park buildings and on the grounds. If you have any questions about accessibility accommodations, please call ahead to Cedar Creek and Belle Grove Visitor Contact Station (540) 869-3051.

Last updated: December 6, 2017