National Park Service Centennial

National Park Service Announces Fall 2016 Fit History Hikes

by | Aug 30, 2016 | Events

By Becky Oakes, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park Historian and Webmaster

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park will continue to combine health and history in the National Park Service’s Centennial year with a new series of Fit-History hikes. These ranger-led hikes are designed to cover a lot of ground in addition to a lot of history. The fall 2016 hikes will range from three to seven miles, covering two to three miles per hour. All hikes begin at 10 a.m.

September 17: Fredericksburg: North Lee Drive (5.4 miles, round-trip)
Join historian Frank O’Reilly for a hike along North Lee Drive, exploring Confederate earthworks and a vital command post. Meet at Stop #3 on the Fredericksburg Battlefield.

October 1: Chancellorsville: Hazel Grove and Fairview (2.5 miles, round-trip)
Join historian Peter Maugle to walk the ground of the bloody but crucial fighting on the morning of May 3, 1863. Meet at Hazel Grove, Stop #9 on the Chancellorsville Battlefield.

October 15: Wilderness: Federal Line Trail (7 miles, round-trip)
Join historian Greg Mertz for a sojourn through the Wilderness, along the rarely-walked Federal Line Trail. Meet at the Wilderness Battlefield Picnic Area, between Tour Stops #3 and #4.

October 29: Spotsylvania: Upton’s Attack and the Bloody Angle (3.5 miles)
Join historian Beth Parnicza to learn about two significant attacks by the Union Army against the Confederate Muleshoe Salient. Meet at Upton’s Road, Stop #2 on the Spotsylvania Battlefield.

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 http://www.nps.gov/frsp/planyourvisit/hiking.htm for more details about each hike, or call 540-693-3200 for more information!

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park was once the bloodiest landscape in North America. Two major Civil War armies clashed in and around Fredericksburg in four pivotal battles within an 18-month span, resulting in 100,000 casualties. The park is the second largest military park in the world, and includes four major battlefields and five historic structures that park staff work daily to preserve and interpret for the public.

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