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Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

Tall green corn and round hay bales sprawl across historic plantation fields.
Duration Full Day
Topic(s) Civil War, Enslavement, Plantations, Monuments and Memorials, Roads, Routes and Highways, Colonization and Settlement, Scenic Views, Caves, Caverns and Karst, Forests and Woodlands, Geology, Trails, Farming and Agriculture, Foothills, Plains and Valleys, Battlefields, Architecture and Building
Activities Self-Guided Tours - Auto, Junior Ranger Program, Guided Tours, Museum Exhibits, Self-Guided Tours - Walking
Type Educational, Indoors, Outdoors, Road Trip, Group Friendly
Parks Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

Activities
  • Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

    Start at the Visitor Contact Station

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Museum Exhibits
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Get Started
    • Duration: 30–60 Minutes
    Maps and illustrations surround a three dimensional map in a history exhibit.

    Start your visit at the Visitor Contact Station, where park rangers and volunteers can help plan your visit.

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  • Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

    Earn Your Cedar Creek & Belle Grove Junior Ranger Badge

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Junior Ranger Program
    • Age: 5–13 years old
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Visitor Contact Station
    • Duration: 2–3 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Maps and illustrations surround a three dimensional map in a history exhibit.

    The Junior Ranger program helps kids get involved and learn more about Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. Anyone can become a Junior Ranger by completing activities during a visit to the park.

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  • Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

    Visit the Battlefield Museum

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Museum Exhibits
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Museum & Visitor Center
    • Duration: 30–60 Minutes
    • Time of Day: Day
    A white farmhouse-like building stands on a rural property with a large sign in front.

    The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Museum and Visitor Center building houses its exhibits, book and gift shop, and visitor services.

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  • Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

    Drive the Self-guided Auto Tour

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Self-Guided Tours - Auto
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Visitor Contact Station
    • Duration: 1–3 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    A road sign labeled auto tour 6 marks a tour stop and exhibit by a cemetery.

    Follow the Battle of Cedar Creek on a self-guided driving tour, from where the Confederate soldiers surprised the sleeping Federal camps in the foggy dawn of October 19, 1864 to the final counterattack late that afternoon. This 17.5-mile tour has 9 stops.

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  • Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

    Walk the Morning Attack Trails

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Self-Guided Tours - Walking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: 8739 Valley Pike
    • Duration: 30–60 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    A mountain looms behind a grass field with mowed trails and a belt of trees.

    The three trails combined are 1.7 miles long. All three are on national park land. Pick up a free trail guide at the trail entrances or at the Visitor Contact Station. The guide follows numbered stops marked on the trails.

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  • Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

    Tour Belle Grove

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Guided Tours
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Belle Grove Plantation
    • Duration: 45–60 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    The rising sun lights the clouds over an antebellum stone mansion with a white portico.

    Belle Grove’s expert volunteer docents and staff lead guided tours of the 1797 Manor House. Guided tours typically last between 45 minutes and one hour. Self-guided brochures of the grounds and outdoor signs interpret the property.

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  • Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

    Go to a Ranger-led Program

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Guided Tours
    • Pets: Yes
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dusk
    A ranger with visitors on a grass field points past a US flag held by a Civil War reenactor.

    The National Park Service offers ranger-led programs from April to October. Topics may include the peopling and rich cultural history of the Shenandoah Valley, including the Civil War and Battle of Cedar Creek. 

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  • Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park

    See Civil War Earthworks & Artifacts at Hupp's Hill

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Museum Exhibits
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Strasburg Visitor & Information Center
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Time of Day: Day
    An iron cannon is mounted on park grounds in front of a 19th century cabin.

    Trails pass through Civil War earthworks to show the historical and natural environment of the battlefield. The museum, inside the Strasburg Visitor and Information Center, displays artifacts curated by Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

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Last updated: August 11, 2021