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Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania Nat’l Military Park

Description

The battlefield at Spotsylvania Courthouse has returned to fields and woodland with the numerous trenches now small ridges that snake through the fields. The woods here are filled with the sounds of red-bellied and downy woodpeckers and the only blues and grays left in the forest are those of blue jays and Carolina chickadees. As you wander the edge of the forest, watch for a flash of red in the undergrowth signaling the arrival of a northern cardinal or an American robin. Out in the open, check the taller grasses for skulking sparrows including song, savannah and vesper. Be sure to keep checking overhead for a red-tailed hawk soaring high above the treetops amongst the turkey and black vultures or perhaps a northern harrier quartering the meadow in search of invisible rodents hidden deep in the grass.

Directions

Physical Address: 9550 Grant Drive West, Spotsylvania, VA 22553

From I-95, exit onto Patriot Highway/Jefferson Davis Highway/US-1 North, turn left onto Hood Drive, turn left onto Courthouse Road/VA-208 West, turn right onto Brock Road, turn right onto Grant Drive West, and the exhibit center parking lot is on the left.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: Sara Strickland; 540-693-3200; sara_strickland@nps.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Free, open daily sunrise to sunset

Birds Recently Seen at Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania Nat’l Military Park (as reported to eBird)

  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Carolina Wren

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Visitor/Nature Center
  • Hiking Trails
  • Parking
  • Restrooms
  • Scenic Drive/Driving Tour
  • Historical Site