National Park Service in Spotsylvania County

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Spotsylvania County offers visitors insightful experiences and a truly different perspective on the Civil War. Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park memorializes four major engagements of the Civil War: the Battles of Spotsylvania Court House, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness and Fredericksburg. The park preserves and interprets some of the scenes of those battles, where the peaceful woods and fields invite us to reflect on the history of Spotsylvania here at the "Crossroads of the Civil War."

Click here for an overall park map showing a driving tour.

The information below is an overview of the park's visitor centers, tours and facilities, plus park regulations. Picnic tables are available in each battlefield unit, as well as at Chatham and the Stonewall Jackson Shrine. The park has no overnight camping facilities.

Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield
Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter is an open-air exhibit shelter available to help visitors understand the battle. The exhibit shelter is not staffed during the winter.

Chancellorsville Battlefield
Visitor Center features a 22-minute film shown on the hour and half hour (fees apply for film only).
Daily: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Jackson Wounding Walking Tour is a 35-minute guided walk along the site of "Stonewall" Jackson's wounding. Leaves from Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center.

Wilderness Battlefield
Wilderness Exhibit Shelter is an open-air exhibit shelter available to help visitors understand the battle. The exhibit shelter is not staffed during the winter.

Fredericksburg Battlefield
Visitor Center features a 22-minute film offered on the hour and half hour (fees apply for film only).
Daily: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunken Road Walking Tour is a 35-minute guided walk along the battlefield. Leaves from Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center.

Ellwood
A historic 1790s farm home used as a Union headquarters, which played host to presidents and patriots, with connections to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Maintained and staffed by the Friends of Wilderness Battlefield. For information about visiting the property, please call or visit the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center.

"Stonewall"Jackson Shrine
Historic building where General Jackson died.
Saturday - Monday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (free)
Closed Tuesday through Friday

Chatham
Historic building and Union headquarters located in Stafford County.
Daily: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (free)

National Park Service Regulations
To help us preserve this historic area, please observe these regulations.

  • Relic hunting or the possession of metal detectors on park property is strictly forbidden.
  • Recreational activities, such as ball playing, kite flying, skateboarding and in-line skating, are not permitted.
  • Climbing on cannons, monuments, earthworks or historic ruins is not allowed.
  • Possession or use of any kind of weapon is prohibited in the park.
  • Pets must be on a leash. Pets are not allowed in the National Cemetery.
  • Picnicking is allowed only in designated areas.
  • Washing, polishing or repairing motor vehicles is prohibited, except in emergencies.
  • All vehicles, including bicycles, must stay on roadways that are open to the general motoring public.
  • Cutting or gathering firewood of any kind is not allowed.
  • Hunting, trapping or intentionally disturbing wildlife is forbidden.
  • Consuming and/or possessing open alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

For Your Safety
Driving tours require turning onto and off of heavily traveled roads and highways. Hiking, jogging, and bicycling are encouraged in the park, and motorists need to be alert to these activities. You may also encounter stinging insects, poisonous snakes and plants during your visit. Wear proper walking shoes while hiking park trails, and be alert for footing hazards. Please use caution while you are with us, and have a safe, enjoyable visit.

Accessibility
The first floors of Chatham, the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center and the Stonewall Jackson Shrine are accessible to wheelchairs. The Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center is completely accessible to wheelchairs; visitors with disabilities are especially encouraged to visit that site.