Chancellorsville Battlefield is one section of the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. This small area west of Fredericksburg witnessed the heaviest and most brutal fighting in American history. The battle of Chancellorsville involved more men, and resulted in more casualties, than any other battle ever fought on Virginia soil. The casualties from these battles number in the thousands and many lie buried and unknown beneath these hills.
Address: 9001 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553
Hours: Park grounds are open sunrise to sunset. Lobby and Park store are open 9 am-5 pm. Exhibits and Auditorium are closed. There may be park rangers to provide orientation.
There are four hiking trails that go throughout the battlefield: Jackson Wounding Walking Tour Trail, Chancellorsville History Trail, Hazel Grove-Fairview Trail, and McLaws Line Trail.
Tips: Lots of walking, but easy walking. Bring snacks and water. Beautiful scenery with historical information along the way. If you’re into Civil War history, a visit here is a must. If you’re looking for a quiet, peaceful walk, this spot is for you.
The Battlefield Country Store is not far from Chancellorsville. Head there after your hike for ice cream or a huge sandwich. Their sandwiches have generous portions of meat. Large family tip: By bringing along our own extra bread slices, we’ve been able to get 2-3 extra sandwiches out of one of theirs.
Address: 6150 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Hours: Daily 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturdays open at 7:00 a.m. Closed Sundays.
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