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The Siege of Petersburg: The Longest Military Event of the Civil War Nine and a half months, 70,000 casualties, the suffering of civilians, thousands of U. S. Colored Troops fighting for the freedom of their race, and the decline of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of No. Virginia all describe the Siege of Petersburg. It was here Gen. Ulysses S. Grant cut off all of Petersburg's supply lines ensuring the fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865. Six days later, Lee surrendered. Petersburg National Battlefield is open daily form 8:30am to dusk

2 months ago

Fairly flat hike through nice broadleaf forest. Wide trails shared with bikes and horses. Only a little Civil War history on this hike; the main earthworks and theaters of action are to the south and west of this loop. To see the history, hike the battlefield's interpretive trails as well as this one.

2 months ago

Nice trail. Very easy and wide enough for a vehicle. hiked entire trail at moderate pace in less than 2 hours.

I spent about 7 hours hiking the trails here and still didn't see all of it. There is great scenery and history, but the map is inaccurate otherwise this would be a 5.

Nice trail but I got irritated with the poor mapping. Even talked to some employees that said some of the older side trails aren’t listed on the maps that All Trails has as well as online & the printed maps. Not a good idea if you ask me, especially someone who can’t figure out their directions (I don’t have a problem with this) Pay attention to your tree markers & you’ll be okay. If going with your dog bring water, there isn’t much on the trail, especially if it hasn’t rained recently.

peaceful run trail with alot of history

Great hiking trails. Flat. Good for bikes as well.

Great hiking trails. Flat. Good for bikes as well.

I truly have enjoyed running through the park. Have run the Road Tour. Good shoulder for bikers, walkers and runners.
7+ miles for round trip. (Many trails that could be explored as well)
Good challenge. Some decent hills along the way, both ways.
Beautiful, peaceful scenic road lined with trees. Seen multiple deer while running.
If in the Colonial Heights area and want a very nice place to get some miles in, make sure to visit this park.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Some areas are not well kept, but that being said, I did have fun and it is a great ride through the woods. A bit confusing at some points but with gps or a map from the visitor center (I had gps) you can figure it out.

love the creek

11 months ago

Nice hike through a historic area. The entire trail is well marked as well.

11 months ago

The first three quarters of the hike were ok. In some spots the trail was unkept and you have to go through so brush but not terrible. The trees are well marked as well and at a good interval. When you get to the section of White Oak and Courthouse road don't go in. The trail is non existent save for marked trees and you are wading through brush and spider webs the entire time.

Great trails for running or hiking with the family.

trail running
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Great and safe for running; easy for hiking.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Great walk. Wet in some areas.

Beautifully maintained wide trails. Friendly and helpful staff. Superb educational value. Very convenient for soldiers.

mountain biking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pros: Great looking scenery, truly feel deep in the woods on this one. No noises from outside world. 95% of trail is pine needles for roadbed. I mountain biked the trail. This was a fun trail overall. Marked well.
Cons: I felt it was marked well, but very confusing. If I didnt have my map from alltrails I would have been lost for sure. Trail is supposed to be a bhike trail, however the section (2miles) from courthouse rd to Courthouse rd gets progressively worse to the point that it was not passable biking. I had to walk the bike from White Oak Rd to Courthouse Rd.

Very overgrown. The recent rain has made it pretty water slogged. The house is very spooky and unkempt. We didn't even stop there for the lunch we brought but opted to just go back to the car and eat. I hope it gets more maintenance. It's in a great spot.

trail running
Monday, April 11, 2016

Great clean trails, well marked. I suggest getting a trail map at the welcome center because of all of the intertwining trail segment names.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Nice trail. There are some self guided civil war history notes along the way. You will also see some trenches. Trail gets very wet and muddy during rainy periods and can be impassable. I suggest going when there hasn't been much rain. Parking is very limited also. Maybe two cars at a time but you shouldn't worry too much about it. It's a fairly new trail and it's not very known.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Nice long hike, trails are marked but if you don't have the map you may get turned around a bit by not knowing which trail to take back to your car. A lot of cool trees and rocks along the trails. Very quiet and shaded most the way. You can pick up a trail map at the visitor center.

Saturday, June 06, 2015


on Five Forks Battlefield

Friday, May 22, 2015

Clean, quiet, well marked

The Petersburg Battlefield- Eastern Front is a nice easy drive with lots of opportunities to get out of the car and traverse the historical battlefields. Lots of areas to park and take in some of the provided historical markers and information, including the Battle of the Crater. Definitely more "user friendly" than the Western Front.

scenic driving
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

We drove the front roads of which there are about 25 miles.

trail running
Thursday, November 14, 2013

From 1988 to 1991 I ran the trails of the park on a daily bases. At the time, I was assigned to the 85th Evacuation Hospital, and attached to Kenner Army Hospital. The park was just across a parking lot from Kenner and I would run every day after work. We soldiers had no idea we were trail runners at the time, it was just getting our miles in for the week. Since that time I have met many trail runners on trails in Georgia and Florida. I admire them for their skill. A great park for hiking and trail running. History is all around you.

mountain biking
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

This is our go to trail. Not sure too many people know of the 12 miles of mostly single track (some jeep type access roads) that run through the park. See runners and horse back riders, but seldom run across mountain bikers back in the woods. I would rate it easy to moderate, some steep climbs and good turns, not many roots.

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