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Hazel Grove-Fairview Trail

Hazel Grove-Fairview Trail

Trail length: 1.7 miles round-trip  Skill level: easy  Main usage: walking, hiking This trail connects two different Civil War artillery positions, that were utilized during the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863. This trail is part of...
Chancellorsville History Trail

Chancellorsville History Trail

Trail length: 4.3 mile loop Skill level: easy Main usage: walking, hiking, trail running This trail is rich in Civil War history, and contains sites such as Chancellorsville crossroads and house site, the Bullock House Site, and the apex of Hooker’s last...

Hamilton’s Crossing Walking Trail

Trail length: 0.32 miles one way Skill level: easy Main usage: walking, hiking This trail leads to the site of Hamilton’s Crossing, a National Park Service historical site. The crossing (of the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad) was named for...
Bernard’s Cabins Trail

Bernard’s Cabins Trail

Trail length: 1.2 mile loop Skill level: easy Main usage: walking, hiking This scenic trail leads to Bernard’s Cabins, the site of a small slave community at the Mannsfield plantation. This trail is part of the Fredericksburg...
Sunken Road Walking Trail

Sunken Road Walking Trail

Trail length: 0.8 miles round trip  Skill level: easy  Main usage: walking, hiking This trail follows the historic Sunken Road and passes through Marye’s Heights, finishing at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery.  Sunken Road is a prominent site...
Lee’s Hill Trail

Lee’s Hill Trail

Trail Length: 0.6 miles, paved  Skill Level: easy  Main Usage: walking, hiking This features views of the Fredericksburg Battlefield and is perfect for walkers of all skill levels, and their dogs (as long as they’re on a leash)! The path climbs a...

Ficklen Island

Trail length: 0.3 mile loop  Skill level: easy  Main usage: walking, hiking Tale a nice and easy walk along the Rappahannock River! This short hike is perfect for all ages.
Virginia Central Railway Trail

Virginia Central Railway Trail

Trail Length: 2.7 miles out and back Skill Level: easy  Main Usage: walking, hiking, jogging, biking The Virginia Central Railway (VCR Trail) extends from the eastern end of the Cobblestone development off of Lafayette Boulevard, out along Lafayette Boulevard,...
Widewater State Park

Widewater State Park

Long Pond Trail Length: 0.8 mile loop Skill Level: easy  Main Usage: walking, hiking On a peninsula where Aquia Creek and the Potomac River meet, Widewater provides access to both bodies of water. The park lies on non-contiguous parcels surrounded by private...
Rappahannock/Rapidan Rivers

Rappahannock/Rapidan Rivers

Above Fredericksburg, the Rappahannock and Rapidan provide excellent smallmouth bass and redbreast sunfish angling. Herring and shad run the river below Fredericksburg each spring. The Rappahannock, below Fredericksburg, has white perch, largemouth bass, crappies,...
Spotsylvania Court House Battlefields

Spotsylvania Court House Battlefields

Trail Length: 4.4 mile loop, with access to the 1.1 mile Bloody Angle Trail Skill Level: easy  Main Usage: walking, hiking, jogging, biking Scene of nearly two weeks of fighting, the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse reached a climax at the “Bloody...
Alum Spring Park

Alum Spring Park

Trail length: 1 miles round trip  Skill level: moderate  Main usage: walking, hiking Picnicking, exercise trails, and hiking with scenic views of the forest and river. View this trail on a map here.  
Lake Anna State Park

Lake Anna State Park

The park has a beach on one of Virginia’s most popular lakes, a fishing pond accessible to children and the disabled, a bathhouse-concessions complex and a boat launch. Overnight stays are made possible by camping, six camping cabins, two six-bedroom lodges and...
Government Island

Government Island

Trail length: 1.5 mile loop Skill level: easy Main usage: walking, hiking, trail running See the Quarry where the stone that was used to build two of the nation’s most significant buildings – the White House and the U.S. Capitol – was sourced....
Motts Run Nature Center

Motts Run Nature Center

Manned by volunteers, this beautiful one-room log cabin features hands-on nature displays, our resident snake “Pocket” and information that the whole family will enjoy. Looking for a fun family day? Visit our Nature Center and then head off on one of the...
Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area

Motts Run Reservoir Recreation Area

This lovely oasis within easy reach of town provides a multitude of recreational opportunities. The 860-acre natural area, including the 160-acre reservoir, is a haven for fishing, canoeing, hiking, and picnicking. It also serves the residents of Fredericksburg and...
Dixon Park

Dixon Park

Trail length: 1.5 miles of trails, paved Skill level: easy  Main usage: walking, jogging The City’s newest outdoor facility is 46 acres and features athletic fields, outdoor swimming pool, playground equipment, 1.5 miles of trails, restrooms, and nature...
Nature Trails: Gari Melchers Home and Studio

Nature Trails: Gari Melchers Home and Studio

Belmont When Gari and Corinne Melchers purchased Belmont in 1916 they acquired a stately house and 22 acres with gardens, hayfields, pasture land and woodlots. Over time, they bought land along the Rappahannock River, an old canal which had fed water power to the...
Chancellorsville Battlefield

Chancellorsville Battlefield

Located 13 miles west of Fredericksburg, the area around this visitor center was the scene of the accidental wounding of Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson in the May 1863 battle known as Robert E. Lee’s greatest victory of the Civil War. Audio-visual program,...