We welcome your visit!
- The battlefield is open to visitors from dawn to dusk year round.
- Parking is available at 9465 General Winder Road, where you will find the trailhead and a kiosk with maps. Please do not park along the road or anywhere on the battlefield unless directed to do so during an event.
- Please follow COVID-19 precautionary guidelines, such as physical distancing from other visitors.
- Wear comfortable and sturdy shoes as the terrain can be uneven. In summer you may want to wear a hat and apply insect repellent.
- You are welcome to picnic. There are tables near the parking area at 9465 General Winder Road. Please respect the battlefield’s pristine environment and leave no trace of your visit. Your trash should be packed out.
- Please note that the portion of the Cedar Mountain Battlefield owned by the American Battlefield Trust and stewarded by the Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield is a protected historic and cultural resource, and, as such, recreational relic hunting or metal detecting are not permitted.
Planning your visit
Request a tour with a guide. Tours are available to individuals, families, and groups. Friends of Cedar Mountain Battlefield guides can provide an overview of the battle or respond to your particular interest. Please contact us in advance of your visit to set up your tour.
“It was a great tour, conducted by two expert battlefield guides!” –2021 tour participant
Explore the battlefield on your own. To prepare for your visit, take a look at the trail overview written by guide and board member Brad Forbush. On your visit, you’ll be walking scenic trails marked with interpretative signage. Watch for monuments placed by veterans groups to mark key battle locations. Imagine the clamor of battle while looking at the 120-year-old replica cannon placed where Confederate cannon were positioned and fought over.
There are two known cemeteries on the battlefield. The Throckmorton cemetery is the resting place for members of a family who lived on the battlefield immediately after the war. Read about the Throckmortons.
The second cemetery was found during a Park Day clean up effort, and little is known about it. The one readable headstone shows the name Mariah Willis. It appears there may be more graves in this small cemetery.
Strolling the trails also offers opportunities for spotting wildflowers and birdwatching (the battlefield is an eBird hotspot). Pets are welcome; in consideration of other visitors, please keep your pet on a leash. Visitors’ efforts to respect the landscape by packing out all waste are very much appreciated.
Battlefield location and parking: 9465 General Winder Road, Rapidan VA 22733
The American Battlefield Trust‘s website is a useful resource for additional information about Cedar Mountain. Click on the trail map below to view this map with interpretative signage on the ABT site.
To prepare for your visit, you might also want to watch the American Battlefield Trust’s Cedar Mountain Virtual Tour with ABT’s director of history and education director Gary Adelman.
Visiting from out of town? Take a look at visitculpeperva.com for information on great places to stay, dine and visit that are located near Cedar Mountain Battlefield.