EASY 8 reviews

Chancellorsville is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Fredericksburg, VA that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.0 miles 264 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly




Civil War history, wooded trails Here in the tangled thickets of the Wilderness, near a roadside tavern called Chancellorsville, Robert E. Lee achieved his greatest victory of the Civil War. For nearly a week Lee's 60,000 man army battled a force more than twice its size across miles of wooded terrain. Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded during the fighting here, as well as and estimated 24,000 men - making it the third costliest battle of the entrie war. This loop trail, approximately four miles in length, traverses portions of the May 3rd battlefield and the final Union defensive line. Blue blazes on trees and mowed paths in clearings mark the route. Signs and maps at key locations will help you understand what occured here.

4 months ago

Along the trail were placards marking what was going on during the battle which was nice to help visualize how it all happened! The battlefield itself was different as I grew up near Gettysburg and am used to the high number of monuments there, but it was refreshing to visit a battlefield that had less of those and more of a natural appearance.

5 months ago

Easy trail, but be careful with the poison ivy. Some areas are narrow. There are several muddy spots due to all the rain. Trail well marked.

6 months ago

I love this trail cuz it mostly all in the wood. It a great hike. Well mark and easy to do.

7 months ago

I was expecting a lot more historical sites. The trail just bad plaques that stated what happened in the surrounding woods. It's an easy trail for kids and dogs but I wasn't entirely impressed with it.

2 years ago

Nice trail. Well marked. Mostly flat. Visitors center has a well presented display of the local civil war history.

2 years ago

Nice little 3.6 mile trail great for a leisurely walk with pups or kids, nice little jaunt for a trail run too. Clearly marked, watch your step for roots when running. Enjoy!

3 years ago

Very easy trail! If you are a runner, this trail is perfect for that.

trail running
5 years ago

Makes for an pleasant run on flat terrain challenged only by a few roots and other tripping possibilities and interaction with vehicular traffic is slight but when reaching pavement attention to fast-driving locals and distracted tourists doing motor tours is essential. Too brief and flat for a walking workout but the history is of course the high point, and its interesting to note that Stonewall Jackson suffered his fatal wound near the visitor center by the parking lot where the loop begins. Very good interpretive signage at center and various points around the park.