THING TO DO

Hike Through History at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

A cannon in a battlefield at sunset.
A cannon in a battlefield at sunset at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

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Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park has many stories to tell. Four bloody conflicts. Slaves freed. Homes destroyed. A nation's efforts to remember.

Hike through history by exploring the park's extensive trail network, and discover the Civil War battles that took place here by attending a guided walking tour or attending one of our special events.
Details

If you have…

One Hour:


•Visit one of our two visitor centers: the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center or the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center.

•Pick up a park map, watch our 22-minute orientation film and look through our exhibits. You may also want to roam around  our visitor centers and take a self-guided walking tour of the Sunken Road (at Fredericksburg) or the Wounding of Stonewall Jackson (at Chancellorsville).


Half-Day:


•Check out our guided tour offerings during the warmer seasons. Touring with one of our park historians is the best way to understand a battlefield or site and its significance!

•Take a self-guided driving tour of one of our four battlefields.

•Stop at Chatham on the Fredericksburg Battlefield and tour the historic plantation home. The home was a hospital, headquarters, and communication center during the battle.

•Stop at Ellwood if you are on the Wilderness Battlefield. Tour the house in the warmer months, or if it's the off-season, walk the grounds of this hospital and Union Headquarters during the Battle of the Wilderness. Take a walk to the family cemetery to see the arm of Stonewall Jackson.

•If you are traveling south, head to the “Stonewall” Jackson Shrine. You can stand in the room where Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson died. The small plantation office building is open for tours.


Multiple Days:


•Rent or purchase a self guided driving tour CD of the battlefields. You can obtain the CD in one of our two park bookstores. Each CD will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete.

•Walk some of the trails. Spotsylvania has a beautiful 7 mile trail that criss-crosses the battlefield. The Wilderness Battlefield has the Gordon Flank Attack Trail, a two mile trail following old road ways, battle trenches, and the north end of the battlefield.

•Visit the Old Salem Church on Route 3. The church is open seasonally, so be sure to check our hours of operation. Scars of battle still are visible on the inside and outside of the church.

Dogs on leashes are allowed in the park, with the exception of the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Service animals are permitted in all areas of the park, including the Fredericksburg National Cemetery and all buildings.

Areas where horses are allowed in the park are very limited. The park visitor centers has information on where these areas are located. Horses are not allowed on the hiking trails. If you have questions, contact the chief ranger at 540-693-3200 ext. 3010

Service Animals are permitted throughout the park.
Entrance to the park and all buildings is free.
For detailed directions to the battlefields and places throughout the park, please visit the park website. 

Hours of operation vary by season and building. Park buildings are closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Hours of operation vary by season and building. Please visit the park website for a detailed description of park hours.

Park buildings are closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Park grounds are open every day from sunrise to sunset.

Please check our Facebook page for updates regarding inclement weather (www.facebook.com/fredericksburgspotsylvanianmp) or call our Weather & Park Closing hotline at 540-693-3200 ext. 3190.

All programs are staff dependent; we recommend calling in advance to verify hours and tour times. For additional information, call the park at 540-693-3200.

Accessibility Information

With a few exceptions, park buildings and many park trails 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 at 540-693-3200.

Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center

A ramp at the front door makes the main floor of the building accessible. This includes the park's orientation desk and upstairs exhibit areas. The basement is not handicap accessible. It contains one room of exhibits, the auditorium, and restrooms.

A handicap accessible restroom is located in the adjacent brick bookstore that is also handicap accessible. The 22-minute orientation film is available on the main floor, and listening devices with volume amplification or audio description are available for the hearing or visually impaired. For either of these accommodations, please inquire of the front desk staff.

Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center

The building is totally handicap accessible. It contains an orientation desk, auditorium, exhibits, bookstore, and rest rooms. For those who are hearing or visually impaired, listening devices with volume amplification or audio description are available to accompany the movie. Inquire at the front desk to obtain a listening device.

Chatham Manor

This building functions as the park's headquarters and office space as well as museum. A ramp provides access to the exhibit area. A separate building contains handicap accessible restrooms.

Stonewall Jackson Shrine

The first floor of this two story historic building is handicap accessible through a deployable metal ramp. A separate building contains handicap accessible restrooms.

Ellwood Manor

The first floor of this historic building is handicap accessible. The second floor is not yet open to the public and is not handicap accessible. A handicap accessible porta-potty is located on the grounds.

Salem Church

The first floor of this historic church is handicap accessible through a deployable metal ramp. There is a small handicap accessible restroom. The balcony is not handicap accessible.

Park Trails

Many of the park trails are handicap accessible but others traverse swampy ground and forests without smooth surfaces. We recommend the following trails as the most accessible:

Fredericksburg Battlefield: the Sunken Road trail just outside of the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center and the grounds at Prospect Hill (Fredericksburg Battlefield Tour Stop 6)

Chancellorsville Battlefield: the Jackson Wounding loop trail around the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center and sections of the trail to Fairview at Chancellorsville Tour Stop 10 (broken by a non-accessible wooden bridge that passes over earthworks)

Wilderness Battlefield: the Tapp field trail at Wilderness Battlefield Tour Stop 6 and the Brock Road-Plank Road Intersection trail at Wilderness Battlefield Tour Stop 8

Spotsylvania Battlefield: portions of the trail network around the Bloody Angle (Tour Stop 3) and the path linking the Bloody Angle to the East Face of the Salient (Tour Stop 3 to Tour Stop 6)

Last updated: September 19, 2017