Five Forks Battlefield is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dinwiddie, Virginia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.4 miElevation gain291 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingWalkingrunningForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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The Five Forks Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield now has approximately eight miles of trails open to the public. These trails can be used for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Trail maps are available at the new Visitor Contact Station located at 9840 Courthouse Road in Dinwiddie County A great trail system for a day hike. Please review the latest parking fee at the National Park Service website - Petersburg National Battlefield - Five Forks Battlefield

Parking and Facilities are are located at the visitor center. 9840 Courthouse Road, Dinwiddie, VA.

Visitor Center (804) 469-4093

9840 Courthouse Road, Dinwiddie, VA (804) 469-4093 For GPS users enter 37 8' 7.08" N, 77 37' 12.31" W If not using these coordinates then do not use GPS and follow directions below. From I-95: Take exit #51 onto I-85 south. Then take exit #61 onto 460 West. Travel seven miles and take left onto Rt. 627 - Courthouse Road. Travel three miles to contact station on right. From I-85 north: Take exit #53 and left onto Rt. 703. Then make a left onto Rt. 1 and then a right onto Rt. 627 - Courthouse Rd. Travel 5 miles to contact station on left.

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Kyle Olson
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Prairie Oyster
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Hiking

It was chilly out there!

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Alyssa Gomez
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Derrick George
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Yves Roblin
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Hiking

unfortunately the southeastern part of the trail is overgrown and poorly marked. Otherwise its a good trail.

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Jennifer W
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WalkingOver grown

There are actually several trails, the trees are marked but the pathways are not always clear if you’re not paying attention. It’s not crowded at all, very quiet and peaceful. Grab a branch to swing in front of you, there are some spiders. You’ll definitely want bug spray.

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Thomas Blankenbaker
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Easy trail run, minus may flies. End of the loop, trail was a little hard to find.

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john gibbs
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if you spray peppermint oil on hat and cloths the flys and bugs will be gone

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Da Cliza
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

A shady walk in the woods. Starting off the trails are clearly marked but towards the end they are very over grown. Was tough seeing the red blazes. Was a hot day so the shade really helped. Don’t know how you stay on this trail without this app!

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Sharon Moore
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Mountain bikingBugsClosedOver grown

Since the visitor center was closed, I located a parking area right past it on the left. I rode my bike from here to access the trail head behind the visitors center. There were several trees that were down across the trails. This could be due to fact that the visitor center was closed and nobody is really maintaining the trails, not sure. However, the Petersburg National Battlefield trails located near Fort Lee are very well maintained as I'm a regular there. The two biggest negatives of this trail was the BUGS and poor guidance for trail markers. The bugs were outrageous as I had to keep getting off of my bike because of being bit on the face/neck/arms. Also, If it wasn't for the All Trails app/map, I wouldn't have known which direction to go several times. I would say the level of the trail is moderate. There was a mailbox located on the trail where you overlooked what looked like a pond/marsh that has a log book inside (Hatcher's Run) that you can sign, which is pretty cool. There were also some nice boulders on this trail.

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Brittney Strandahl
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HikingBugsOff trail

Was a good moderate trail. Easy to get turned around if you aren’t constantly watching the map. We were warned before entering that the last portion of the trail coming out of second marker had a lot of ticks so we avoided that by just finishing on the road. Ended up right back at the lot we parked at since the actual Visitors Center was closed.

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Tyler Wilson
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Matthew Barber
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Hiking

(Note: this trail is actually a combination of multiple named trails in the park. Make sure to check your map at splits!) A quiet, easy trail through a pretty but unspectacular forest. Not much in the way of historical signage so if you are going for historical facts you may be disappointed. Also, this trail as indicated on the app leads into a giant patch of brambles right over Courthouse Road. I recommend avoiding that section. Overall a nice walk but nothing that will wow you.

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Zinc Park
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Amazing when you think about the adversity civil war soldiers had to overcome in these battles.

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Lena Rankin
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HikingOver grown

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.

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Emily Kellar
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HikingBugsOver grown

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.

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Abbey Hensley
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Hiking

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.

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Colin Hennessee
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Hiking

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’.

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Chubby Trekker
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Hiking

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!

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Robert Tench
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Mountain biking

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.

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Mike Easingwood
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Mountain biking

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.

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Johnny Utah
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Running

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

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Sharon K
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Hiking

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.

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Ben Galle
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Fun

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Sheila M Priest
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I loved this trail. There were several paths that you could take. In some areas it was like taking a walk in the woods without a path. Some areas you went slightly uphill and down hill. I went early in the morning with my dog and he enjoyed the hike as well.

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