Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park preserves and interprets the history of four major civil war battlefields. There are park visitor centers at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Bridging the Watershed field studies begin at the Chancellorsville Visitor Center which is located near where “Stonewall” Jackson was accidentally mortally wounded during the battle. The adjacent seven-mile driving tour weaves through the battlefield, stopping at significant home sites and critical points of the battle, like Jackson’s Flank Attack and the Hazel Grove-Fairview corridor. 

Location: 9001 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553. Take Exit 130B from I-95, and head west on VA Route 3. Proceed approximately 7 miles, and the Visitor Center is on the right (north) side of the road.



  • Field Studies available: Water Canaries, Watershed Watchdogs, Exotic Invaders, and Don’t Get Sedimental
  • Habitat: Scott’s Run (shallow stream)
  • Terrain:  Field studies take place on Scott’s Run. To access Scott’s Run students depart the bus from Stuart Drive and hike for a short distance through forested terrain.
  • Additional Info: Ideal group size is 50. The site could accommodate larger groups if enough rangers/educators are able to participate. The Chancellorsville Visitor Center contains exhibits and a 22 minute movie (offered on the hour and half hour) to help orient visitors to the 1863 battle. There is a seven mile driving tour and several walking trails nearby.
  • Facilities: The Visitor Center has restrooms. There are no restrooms at Scott’s Run. Steep descent to Scott’s Run from Stuart Drive – not suitable for the disabled.

For more information on Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, including directions, visitor information and hours of operation, visit their official website: