Plan Your Visit

The Wilderness Battlefield, including Ellwood Manor, is one of four Civil War battlefields located within the Fredericksburg and Spostylvania County Battlefields National Military Park (FRSNMP).  The park is located in and surrounding historic Fredericksburg, Virginia, located along the I-95 corrider approximately half way between Washington, DC and Richmond, VA.  The Wilderness Battlefield and Ellwood Manor are located about 20 miles west of Fredericksburg. Directions to Ellwood
We recommend that you begin your visit at one of the park’s two visitor centers–either the Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center or the Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center. You can pick up a park map and other brochures, and the staff can advise you about park programs, walking trails, and touring opportunities. Each visitor center also offers an orientation film and exhibits about the respective battles. Entrance to the park is free, and the only charge is for our orientation films.

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Explore the other links here for hoursspecial events, and basic information as you plan your visit. We know that your visit to this hallowed ground will be a memorable one–no matter the season or the time you have available.

How Much Time is Required to Visit the Wilderness Battlefield and Ellwood Manor?

It takes approximately a full day to take the self-guided driving tour through the battlefield, stopping to read the interpretive panels, walk the trails and to tour Ellwood Manor. A tour of Ellwood Manor is approximately 30 minutes in length, but your visit can be longer if you want to spend more time in the house or on the grounds.

Historic Ellwood Tour

What Tours are Available? 

Early Morning Group Tour
Wilderness Driving Tour

The Wilderness Battlefield driving tour begins at Grant’s Headquarters, proceeds to the Wilderness Battlefield Exhibit Shelter in Saunders Field, where the battle opened, and continues down the Confederate line to the key corridor of the battlefield, stops 6-8. Ellwood Manor is open seasonally. The grounds at Ellwood are open and accessible via a gravel driveway from dawn to dusk.

Wilderness Map

Are there Hiking/Walking Trails on the Wilderness Battlefield?

There are five trails within the Wilderness Battlefield: Wilderness Crossing, Gordon Flank Attack, Vermont Monument, Widow Tapp Farm and Federal Line. Click here for links to trail guides within the Park.