From the National Park Service:

Fredericksburg, VA — Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park will once again combine health and history with a new series of “Fit-History” hikes this spring. These ranger-led hikes are designed to cover a lot of ground in addition to a lot of history. This season’s hikes will range from 2 to 6 miles, covering two to three miles per hour. All hikes begin at 10 a.m.

April 1: Chancellorsville: Chancellorsville History Trail (3.6 miles round trip)

Join historian Becky Oakes to learn about the struggles of soldiers and civilians alike in the tangled wooded landscape. Meet at the Chancellorsville Visitor Center, 9001 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553.

April 15: Fredericksburg: Slaughter Pen Farm (2 miles round trip) 

Join historian Becca Jameson to hike in the footsteps of the Union soldiers who temporarily succeeded in breaking the Confederate line of battle. Meet at11190 Tidewater Trail, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.

April 29: Wilderness: Chewning and Tapp Farms (~4.5 miles round-trip)

Join historian Peter Maugle, and discover the dynamic stories of two farm sites transformed by the fighting in May of 1864. Meet at Stop #5 on the Wilderness Battlefield.

May 13: Spotsylvania: Spotsylvania History Trail (5.7 miles round-trip)

Join historian Beth Parnicza to walk the entirety of the Spotsylvania History Trail, covering the major actions of a nearly two week battle. Meet at the Spotsylvania Exhibit Shelter.

When attending any of our Fit-History programs, please remember to wear sturdy shoes, bring plenty of water, and pack a snack. Bug spray and long pants are also suggested.

Visit the Hiking Series page of our website at for more details about each hike, or call 540-693-3200 for more information!