Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

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Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Virginia

(202) 426-5961

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Things To Do

Overview

Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania is the bloodiest landscape in North America. No place more vividly reflects the Civil War's tragic cost, in all its forms. A city bombarded, bloodied, and looted. Farms large and small ruined. Refugees by the thousands forced to the countryside. More than 85,000 men wounded and 15,000 killed with most now in graves unknown. The fading scars of battle, the homeplaces of bygone families, and the granite tributes to those who fought still mark these lands. These places reveal the trials of a community and nation at war is a roiling cataclysm, a virtuous tragedy that freed four million Americans and reunited a nation.

Map of Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania

Latitude, Longitude: 38.257863, -77.469406

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is allowed on park roads, but not on park hiking trails. Keep in mind that some of the roads through the park are state and county roads, not park roads. Several of the state and county highways are narrow with no road shoulder and others are heavily traveled which is not conducive to safe, enjoyable biking. Park roads are generally wider and much less traveled. The best and most popular places to bicycle are the five-mile stretch along Lee Drive on the Fredericksburg Battlefield and the five-mile route through Spotsylvania Battlefield. Hill-Ewell Drive on the Wilderness Battlefield is more hilly and rarely used for bicycling. The Chancellorsville Battlefield has only short stretches of park roads that connect with state and county roads for the driving tour route. Bicyclists rarely use Chancellorsville.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The park driving tour covers nearly 60 miles. The tour takes you through four different battlefields and to four historic structures.

  • Hiking

    Please contact the park for information on hiking trails.

  • Picnicking

    Please enjoy a picnic in the historic park. Do not litter.

Seasonality/Weather

Summers in the Southeastern United States are humid during the day. The best times to visit are fall and spring.

Directions

Driving

The Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center is located at 1013 Lafayette Boulevard. Take exit 130A from I-95. Drive east on Route 3 for approximately 2 miles. Turn left at the traffic light at Lafayette Boulevard (US 1 Business). Proceed approximately 1/2 mile. The visitor center is on the left. The zip code is 22401.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(202) 426-5961

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