Looking for a great trail in Petersburg National Battlefield, Virginia? AllTrails has 5 great walking trails, dogs leash trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Petersburg National Battlefield ranging from 3.2 to 6.4 miles and from 118 to 298 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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

hiking
over grown
16 days ago

Great walk through the woods, didn’t cross paths with anyone. Would definitely recommend downloading the map for this one. Majority of the trail is well maintained but the signage is not great and the last 1.5 mi or so is overgrown and hard to navigate. Lots of spiderwebs, but that’s to be expected in the setting.

hiking
bugs
over grown
17 days ago

We were going to do a long here. The first two steps on the trail I walked into a spider web. We kept going and my husband soon ran into three spider webs one of which had a large spider on it. Needless to say we turned around and ran on the road.

hiking
25 days ago

Nice, peaceful and well shaded, wide trail.

hiking
2 months ago

I started trail running at this park and it’s awesome! Beautiful trails that you can pick the distance you want to run. The trails vary from 3 miles to 7 and are easy to maneuver through.

hiking
muddy
over grown
3 months ago

Avoid this trail as it is not maintained well at all. There are impassable swampy areas, fallen trees and towards the end the path is difficult to follow. The worst part is the ticks.

was well kept and easy to follow through the part I made it through. it started raining though and I had to leave, didn't make it all way through but I started from the intersection, not the visitor center. they were closed when I went.

trail running
3 months ago

Great trail running course, only complaint is that maybe should start from the parking lot to the north across HWY 36 as the trailhead marked on the map is only one way traffic by car. This is fine on the way in, but a good 20 minutes to get out at 15mph. This does let you see more of the battlefield. Also keep in mind that this trail is in the National Park so the roads will be closed outside of park hours.

hiking
3 months ago

Most of the trail is good. there are currently several muddy spots that you can walk around. There is one portion that is closed because of eagle nesting (north part of trail).

hiking
4 months ago

Quick and easy. Kinda cool history to go with it. Not a hike by any means.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Lots of bugs in the summer but nice trail.

nice, easy trail. has a few swampy parts, which is fine for hiking beginners. Great for walking dogs. You can run it if you don't mind wet feet.

hiking
8 months ago

Trail is not as well or clearly-marked as All Trails would make it seem. Make sure you print out a map or something. The park doesn't have any useful maps posted near trailheads or any explanation of what any of the trail markings mean.

hiking
8 months ago

It's a nice enough walk in the woods. There are different colored blazes and some stone trail markers with letters on them, but no explanation of what any of them are or mean. There's no map posted at any of the trailheads. Kind of a failure on the part of the park. Keep walking and you'll probably figure out how to get back to your car.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice short walk with a few signs. The cabin from the picture above is not on this trail. Be warned that on weekends there may be cannon blasts. Very surprising to hear that on the trail when you're not expecting it.

Trails need a LOT of maintenance. There is no trail from the Visitor’s center to Courthouse Road (even though this trail shows it). And the one from Courthouse road to road stop #2 is poorly marked and maintained. Not to mention there was gunfire close by and plenty of arrows stuck in trees along these ‘trails’.

Interesting and historical hike. Trail gets a little ‘lost right at the last ‘interpretive stop’. The blue ribbons on the trees sent to have been knocked over during a storm. (And looks to be one awhile ago). Also be careful of black snakes. They are out and about. I saw three of them. (Two at the Clements House)

walking
10 months ago

There were other trails I could walk down but I stuck to this particular prescribed route. This was a terrific route, very short but the history behind it could keep you here for over an hour. Can you imagine fighting in a place like this in a war that did not have the strategies like we have today. The story of this conflict, the siege at Petersburg, is an inspiring story of patriots sacrificing everything for their country, for the union as well as the confederacy. This trail is a must for anyone in the area.

hiking
10 months ago

It's a decent wooded trail, nothing too exciting. Unfortunately, the trail is covered in pebbles, which means it's crunchy, loud, and unpeaceful. The noise scares off deer and birds...

Nice easy trail, just a tiny bit of elevation gain. Interesting history. Some areas close to traffic but peaceful and quiet overall. Not heavily trafficked.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

This park has very long trails. I have run over 10 miles through these trails and didn't come close to seeing everything. It is much longer than the .7 miles that is listed. Very friendly running, hiking, walking, biking and horseback riding.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Pretty scenery. Very short. Loads of bugs. Definitely not bike friendly. Disappointed. It's more of a tourist stop than a hiking or biking trail.

hiking
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Had a great time walking the trail. Some parts are a little overgrown but still passable. Creek crossings, road crossings, animals, and plant life were awesome. Fun trail!

hiking
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

We did the 7 mile loop. It is covered by trees most of the way, which is nice for Virginia summer weather. Very little elevation.

hiking
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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.

hiking
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

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

backpacking
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

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.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Love this place!!

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