National Parks Around Newport News

Appalachian

National Scenic Trail

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.

Silhouette of a man with backpack standing on McAfee Knob at sunset with mountains in the distance.

Weather

It is your responsibility to be prepared for all weather conditions, including extreme and unexpected weather changes year-round. As the trail runs from Georgia to Maine there will be different weather conditions depending on your location. For weather along specific sections of the trail and at specific shelters, please refer to: http://www.atweather.org/

Driving Directions

There are many points of access along the Appalachian Trail, whether it is by car, train, bus or plane. For more detailed directions, please refer to the "Directions" section of our park webpage. More directions to Appalachian.

Operating Hours

In general, the Appalachian Trail is open year-round. The northern terminus at Mount Katahdin in Maine is within Baxter State Park, which may be closed in winter months, depending on weather conditions. Particular sections of the Trail, and less-developed roads accessing the Trail, may be closed temporarily for a number of reasons, but otherwise the trail is open.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Entrance Fee: The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (NST) does not charge an entrance fee for use of the trail on Appalachian NST land.

Contact

Mailing Address:
Appalachian Trail Park Office
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Physical Address:
Appalachian Trail Park Office
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Phone Number: 3045356278

Appomattox Court House

National Historical Park

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On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia signaled the end of the nation's largest war. Two important questions about its future were answered. Could the nation survive a civil war intact, and would that nation exist without slavery? The answer to both was yes and a new nation was born.

This is the home where Gen. Lee surrendered to Gen. Grant on April 9, 1865

Weather

The park may close due to emergency weather conditions (typically snow or ice). For updated information about possible closure or altered hours due to weather, please call 434-352-8987 ext. 245.

Driving Directions

Appomattox Court House NHP is located 3 miles east of U.S. Highway 460, and 3 miles east of the modern town of Appomattox, Virginia along Rt. 24. More directions to Appomattox Court House.

Operating Hours

The park is open all year, seven days a week. It is only closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fee: NO ENTRANCE FEE STARTED OCTOBER 1, 2016 Visitors will not be charged an admission fee to visit the park. Qualifying visitors may obtain any of the passes for which there is no charge. These passes include the Access Pass (persons with a permanent disability), Military Pass (active military) and Every Kid in a Park (4th graders with a printed voucher from www.everykidinapark.gov)

Contact

Physical Address:
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Appomattox, VA 24522

Mailing Address:
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Appomattox, VA 24522

Phone Number: 4343528987

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

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Arlington House is the nation’s memorial to Robert E. Lee. It honors him for specific reasons, including his role in promoting peace and reunion after the Civil War. In a larger sense it exists as a place of study and contemplation of the meaning of some of the most difficult aspects of American History: military service; sacrifice; citizenship; duty; loyalty; slavery and freedom.

Wreaths at Arlington Cemetery

Weather

Summers on the parkway are generally hot and humid, with daytime highs frequently above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Please carry water while participating in physical activity and be prepared to take shelter from lightning. Winters on the parkway are generally cold, with nighttime lows frequently near freezing and occasional snowfall. Please be alert for snowplows and icy spots on roadways. Weather during spring and fall is generally moderate, but can change quickly.

Driving Directions

Public Transportation: The Memorial is accessible by the Blue Line of the Metro subway system. The Arlington Cemetery subway station is near the Visitor Center for the cemetery. Car: Arlington House is located inside Arlington National Cemetery. Parking: Handicapped parking is available at the Old Administration Building, located behind Arlington House. More directions to Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial.

Operating Hours

Open daily 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM Closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Monday: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Thursday: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Friday: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Saturday: 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Sunday: 9:30AM - 4:30PM

Entrance Fees

No Fee: There is no fee for Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial

Contact

Mailing Address:
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
McLean, VA 22101

Physical Address:
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
Arlington, VA 22211

Phone Number: 7032351530

Assateague Island

National Seashore

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Want to live on the edge? Visit a place recreated each day by ocean wind and waves. Life on Assateague Island has adapted to an existence on the move. Explore sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays. Rest, relax, recreate and enjoy some time on the edge of the continent.

Wild horses on the dunes at Assateague

Weather

Spring: Often windy and cool with lows in the 40's and highs in the 60's. Summer: Hot and humid with lows in the 60's and highs in the 80's. Fall: Warm with lows in the 50's and highs in the 70's. Winter: Damp cold and often windy. Lows in the 20's, highs in the 40's.

Driving Directions

There are two entrances to Assateague Island National Seashore. Assateague's north entrance is at the end of Route 611, eight miles south of Ocean City, MD. The south entrance is at the end of Route 175, two miles east of Chincoteague, VA. There is no vehicle access between the two entrances on Assateague Island. Vehicles must return to the mainland to access either the north or south entrance. More directions to Assateague Island.

Operating Hours

Open year round, 24 hours a day.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Assateague 7 day per vehicle pass: Entrance into Assateague Island National Seashore & Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Valid for 7 days. Cost: $20

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Weekly Pass: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Daily Pass is valid for vehicle entry to Assateague Island National Seashore for 7 days. Purchased at the Chincoteague NWR. Cost: $20

Contact

Mailing Address:
7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811

Physical Address:
7206 National Seashore Lane
Berlin, MD 21811

Phone Number: 4106411441

Blue Ridge

Parkway

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A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other: a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. The Parkway meanders for 469 miles, protecting a diversity of plants and animals, and providing opportunities for enjoying all that makes this region of the country so special.

Black Bear Cub

Weather

The weather on the Parkway can vary wildly due to different elevations and locations along the 469 mile stretch. Precipitation is possible any time of the year. Winter can be cold and snowy, especially at the higher elevations. Spring and fall can have large temperature swings, from near freezing to over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers can be hot in the lower elevations, but the highest elevations will remain cool. The mountains can also create summertime thunderstorms, so be prepared for weather changes.

Driving Directions

The Parkway is a 469 mile long scenic road connecting Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. There are numerous places to get on and off near interstate crossings and other federal and state highways. There are markers every mile along the Parkway, counting from 0-469 through Virginia and North Carolina. We suggest using a map and identifying the area you want to go, as GPS directions often do not understand our milepost system. More directions to Blue Ridge.

Operating Hours

The Parkway is open 24 hours a day, but visitor services may be limited during the evening and off-season. The gates only close due to inclement weather, which occurs most frequently during the winter months, from November through April. The road may also close due to road maintenance. Check our road closure map to verify that the Parkway is open before traveling.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

No entrance fee: Driving the Parkway is free.

Contact

Mailing Address:
199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Physical Address:
Milepost 384
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone Number: 8283483400

Booker T Washington

National Monument

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Booker T. Washington was born a slave in April 1856 on the 207-acre farm of James Burroughs. After the Civil War, Washington became the first principal of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial School. Later as an adviser, author and orator, his past would influence his philosophies as the most influential African American of his era. Come explore his birthplace.

Tobacco field being plowed by man with two draft horses

Weather

Please contact the park at 540/721-2094 during inclement weather conditions to find out about closures.

Driving Directions

The monument is located on AV 122 (Booker T. Washington Highway), 22 miles southeast of Roanoke, VA. From I-81 take I-581, then U.S. 220 south from Roanoke to VA 122. From the Blule Ridge Parkway take VA 43 south to VA 122. From Lynchburg take U.S. 460 west to VA 122. More directions to Booker T Washington.

Operating Hours

Booker T. Washington National Monument is open daily except for Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1. The park may close due to inclement weather. Call the park at 540-721-2094 for more information.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Free Admission: No charge to visit Booker T. Washington NM

Contact

Mailing Address:
12130 Booker T. Washington Highway
Hardy, VA 24101

Physical Address:
12130 Booker T. Washington Highway
Hardy, VA 24101

Phone Number: 5407212094

Cape Henry Memorial

Part of Colonial National Historical Park

English colonists first landed here in April 1607, erected a wooden cross and gave thanks for a successful crossing to a new land. In 1781, Americans could watch from these same sand dunes the largest naval battle of the Revolutionary War. Our French Allies defeated a British fleet just off this shore to set the stage for General George Washington's victory at Yorktown.

Memorial Cross

Weather

Spring: Temperatures usually range from 40 F to 80 F. Rain is common. Summer: Temperatures usually range from 80 F to 100 F. Rain and sun are equally common. On very sunny days, be prepared with plenty of water . Fall: Temperatures usually range from 40 F to 70 F. Winter: Temperatures range from 40 F to 20 F. Be prepared with cold weather gear and numerous layers if you intend to be outside.

Driving Directions

Located on the south side of the Chesapeake Bay, Cape Henry Memorial sits within the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. From Interstate 64 E take exit 282 to merge onto US-13N/Northhampton Boulevard towards the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Then take US-60 E/Shore Drive exit toward Beaches, this is the last exit before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Follow Shore Drive and turn left onto Atlantic Ave and proceed to Gate 8. Follow Atlantic Ave to Cape Henry Memorial. More directions to Cape Henry Memorial.

Operating Hours

Cape Henry is open year round. It is recommended that all visitation be conducted between the hours of dawn to dusk. Because Cape Henry is located on Fort Story Military Reservation it may be closed during periods of heightened National Security. Be prepared to stop at the entrance gate and have your drivers license ready. All vehicles are subject to inspection. This quarter acre of ground marks the approximate site of the first landing of the Jamestown settlers in Virginia.

Monday: Sunrise to Sunset
Tuesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Wednesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Thursday: Sunrise to Sunset
Friday: Sunrise to Sunset
Saturday: Sunrise to Sunset
Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset

Entrance Fees

Visitor Pass Issued By Military Personnel: Entrance is by visitor pass issued by military personnel at the entrance gate. Be prepared to stop and show your drivers license. Your vehicle may be inspected. Cape Henry is open year round. It is recommended that all visitation be conducted between the hours of dawn to dusk. Because Cape Henry is located on Fort Story Military Reservation it may be closed during periods of heightened National Security.

Contact

Mailing Address:
Colonial National Historical Park P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690

Physical Address:
Atlantic Ave
Fort Story, VA 23459

Phone Number: 7578982410

Captain John Smith Chesapeake

National Historic Trail

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Four hundred years ago Englishman John Smith and a small crew of adventurers set out in an open boat to explore the Chesapeake Bay. Between 1607 and 1609 Smith and his crew mapped nearly 3,000 miles of the Bay and rivers and documented American Indian communities. Smith’s map and journals are a remarkable record of the 17th-century Chesapeake. Come join the adventure on the Chesapeake Bay!

A re-created Indian town.

Weather

Annapolis, Maryland has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 86°F and is rarely below 19°For above 91°F. The warm season lasts from May 30 to September 18 with an average daily high temperature above77°F. The cold season lasts from November 29 to March 4 with an average daily high temperature below50°F.

Driving Directions

The trail’s main office is in the Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis.. Use the Rowe Boulevard exit off of Route 50 to enter the city of Annapolis. Drive along Rowe Boulevard and turn slightly right toward Northwest Street. Turn slightly left onto Northwest Street. Turn right onto Church Circle and use the right two lanes to turn right onto Duke of Gloucester Street. At dead-end, turn right onto the Sixth Street bridge. At traffic light, turn left onto Severn Avenue. The office building is on the left. More directions to Captain John Smith Chesapeake.

Operating Hours

Core hours at the trail's main office are from 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday and the office is closed on federal holidays. Quite frequently, the trail office is open for business at least one hour earlier and one hour later than core hours.

Monday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Saturday: unknown
Sunday: unknown

Entrance Fees

Main Trail Office Visitor Fees: There is no fee to visit the main office of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Some of the state parks, museums, wildlife refuges and other sites along the trail may charge entrance fees. Download "Chesapeake Explorer", the official NPS mobile app for the Chesapeake, to find complete information about each partner site. Or, visit the office and pick up a trail brochure.

Contact

Mailing Address:
410 Severn Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Physical Address:
410 Severn Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Phone Number: 4102602470

Cedar Creek & Belle Grove

National Historical Park

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The Shenandoah Valley invites you to learn about its rich heritage, from Native Americans who first shaped the land, to pioneers of this frontier; this fertile area became one of the most important wheat producing regions of the entire South. The Valley also witnessed some of the most dramatic events of the Civil War,including the Battle of Cedar Creek, a decisive October 19, 1864 Union victory.

Sunrise over Belle Grove

Weather

Summers in Virginia are often very hot with high heat indexes. Check the weather in advance of your trip, and plan accordingly. Dress for the heat and for sun protection. Pack lots of water. The Shenandoah Valley experiences temperate spring and fall seasons and winters with snowfall and cold temperatures.

Driving Directions

The National Park Service Visitor Contact Station is located at 7712 Main Street, Middletown, Virginia 22645 in the Middletown Courts plaza. The park is located near the intersection of Interstates 81 and 66 in the northern Shenandoah Valley. More directions to Cedar Creek & Belle Grove.

Operating Hours

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. We have reduced winter hours from November - March. Always call ahead, especially during the winter, to make sure the Visitor Contact Station is open. We have a limited staff and sometimes we have to close due to unforeseen circumstances.

Monday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 4:30PM

Entrance Fees

No Entrance Fees: Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park is a no fee park for the interim visitor contact station and ranger led programs. Therefore, the America the Beautiful-National Parks Pass discounts do not apply. Our partner sites are non-profit organizations and do not receive federal funding from the National Park Service. Therefore, The America the Beautiful-National Parks Pass discounts DO NOT apply at partner sites. This includes all of the America the Beautiful Passes.

Contact

Physical Address:
7712 Main Street
Middletown, VA 22645

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 700
Middletown, VA 22645

Phone Number: 5408693051

Chesapeake Bay

NPS helps you learn about and enjoy the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in North America. Here, you can visit major league cities, colonial towns, American Indian landscapes, farms and fishing villages. You can learn to kayak, pick crabs, go fishing, tour a lighthouse, slurp oysters, and slow down to enjoy the natural beauty of the Chesapeake.

A view of docks and boats in the waterside town of Cape Charles VA

Weather

Annapolis, Maryland has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 29°F to 86°F and is rarely below 19°For above 91°F. The warm season lasts from May 30 to September 18 with an average daily high temperature above77°F. The cold season lasts from November 29 to March 4 with an average daily high temperature below50°F.

Driving Directions

The Chesapeake Bay main office is in the Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis. Use the Rowe Boulevard exit off of Route 50 to enter the city of Annapolis. Drive along Rowe Boulevard and turn slightly right toward Northwest Street. Turn slightly left onto Northwest Street. Turn right onto Church Circle and use the right two lanes to turn right onto Duke of Gloucester Street. At dead-end, turn right onto the Sixth Street bridge. At traffic light, turn left onto Severn Avenue. The office building is on the left. More directions to Chesapeake Bay.

Operating Hours

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Monday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

NPS Chesapeake Bay Office: There is no fee to visit the main office of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Some of the state parks, museums, wildlife refuges and other sites along the trail may charge entrance fees. Download "Chesapeake Explorer", the official NPS mobile app for the Chesapeake, to find complete information about each partner site. Or, visit the office and pick up a trail brochure.

Contact

Mailing Address:
410 Severn Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Physical Address:
410 Severn Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21403

Phone Number: 4102602470

Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network connects you with the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay watershed through more than 170 exceptional parks, wildlife refuges, museums, sailing ships, historic communities, trails and more. Gateways Network partner sites and water trails are the special places where you can experience the authentic Chesapeake.

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Driving Directions

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Civil War Defenses of Washington

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On forested hills surrounding the nation's capital are the remnants of a complex system of Civil War fortifications. Built by Union forces, these strategic buttresses transformed the young capital into one of the world's most fortified cities. This month the CWDW will talk about Fort Slocum, which commanded the intersection of the left and right forks of Rock Creek Church Road.

Historic Fort Davis

Weather

Civil War Defenses of Washington sites will be open. For Updates, visit the parks alert section of the website.

Driving Directions

Please call 202-829-4650. Directions vary based on your preference of site. More directions to Civil War Defenses of Washington.

Operating Hours

Grounds open to visitors dawn to dusk

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Civil War Defenses Of Washington: Civil War Defenses of Washington sites are fee free.

Contact

Mailing Address:
Civil War Defenses of Washington
Washington, DC 200008

Physical Address:
Civil War Defenses of Washington
Washington, DC 20012

Physical Address:
Civil War Defenses of Washington
Washington, DC 200008

Physical Address:
Civil War Defenses of Washington
Washington, DC 200008

Phone Number: 2028294650

Claude Moore Colonial Farm

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Step back in time and experience life on a small farm in northern Virginia. Living history programs and demonstrations offer a glimpse of what life was like for a poor farm family, just before the Revolutionary War.

A wooden shed and farm field surrounded by woods

Weather

The Washington, D.C. area has a four-season Mid-Atlantic climate. Summertime is warm and humid, while winter can be cold and snowy. Precipitation averages 2-4” monthly, year-round. The warmest months are June, July, and August, with average highs in the 80s (~31 ?) combined with high humidity. Temperatures often climb into the 90s (~34?). Thunderstorms and severe weather are possible.

Driving Directions

From the George Washington Memorial Parkway, take the exit for route 123 west, then keep right onto route 193 (Georgetown Pike), then an immediate right onto Colonial Farm Rd. Continue straight 1/2 mile to the parking area, on the left. From I-495, exit onto route 193 (Georgetown Pike), continue 2.2 miles and turn left on Colonial Farm Road. Continue straight 1/2 mile to the parking area, on the left. More directions to Claude Moore Colonial Farm.

Operating Hours

The colonial farm is open 10-4:30, Wednesday through Sunday, April 1 through December 11.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00AM - 4:30PM
Thursday: 10:00AM - 4:30PM
Friday: 10:00AM - 4:30PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 4:30PM
Sunday: 10:00AM - 4:30PM

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fee (Adult): Park admission Cost: $3

Entrance fee (Seniors): 60+ Cost: $2

Entrance fee (Child age 3+): Park admission Cost: $2

Contact

Mailing Address:
6310 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101

Physical Address:
6310 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101

Physical Address:
6310 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101

Physical Address:
6310 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101

Physical Address:
6310 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22101

Phone Number: 7034427557

Colonial

National Historical Park

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On May 13, 1607, Jamestown was established as the first permanent English settlement in North America. Three cultures came together – European, Virginia Indian and African–to create a new society that would eventually seek independence from Great Britain. On October 19, 1781, American and French troops defeated the British at Yorktown in the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.

Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center

Weather

During the summer season visitors should dress in light, comfortable clothing, wear comfortable shoes and use sunscreen. We recommended you carry a bottle of water with you. High temperatures and high humidity create higher risk of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Most of the Historic site is out-of-doors and although not a great distance from an air-conditioned building, staying properly hydrated will help prevent these illnesses. During the fall visitors should have a light jacket available.

Driving Directions

For an internet map search or GPS, use the following: Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center, 1000 Colonial Parkway, Yorktown, Virginia 23690. Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center, 1368 Colonial Parkway, Jamestown, Virginia 23081. More directions to Colonial.

Operating Hours

ENTRANCE GATE: Gate hours are from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Daily. No entrance is permitted prior to 8:30 a.m. or after 4:30 p.m. including bicyclists and pedestrians. All park grounds are closed at sunset. Park is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. NUMBER TO PHONE IF SITES ARE CLOSED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER: For closures in Colonial National Historical Park please phone this 24 hour phone number (757) 856-1240. http://www.nps.gov/jame/planyourvisit/weather.htm

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

For Those Without An Entrance Pass to Yorktown Battlefield: Adult (16 and older) -$7; good for 7 days entrance to Yorktown Battlefield (and NPS areas at Historic Jamestowne); can be upgraded to see Preservation Virginia areas at Historic Jamestowne for an additional $7 at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center. Yorktown Battlefield will not be selling the $14 entrance permit for Historic Jamestowne Cost: $7

For Those Without An Entrance Pass to Historic Jamestowne: Adult (16 and older) -$7; good for 7 days entrance to Yorktown Battlefield (and NPS areas at Historic Jamestowne); can be upgraded to see Preservation Virginia areas at Historic Jamestowne for an additional $7 at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center. Yorktown Battlefield will not be selling the $14 entrance permit for Historic Jamestowne. Cost: $14

No Additional Charge for Holders of These Passes: Holders of the following passes will be admitted to Historic Jamestowne at Description* * Interagency Access and Golden Access Pass * Interagency Military Pass Phone 757-856-1250 for further information.

For Historic Jamestowne Other National Park Pass Holders Will Be Charged an additional $5.00 per adult: All other National Park pass holders will be charged an additional $5.00 per adult entering on the pass to cover the Preservation Virginia entrance fee. These passes include: * Interagency Annual Pass * Interagency Senior Pass * Golden Age Pass * Colonial National Historical Park Annual Pass * Preservation Virginia Membership Card - ($5.00 per adult NPS fee) Phone 757-856-1250 for further information. Cost: $5

Contact

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690

Physical Address:
1000 Colonial Parkway
Yorktown, VA 23690

Phone Number: 7578983400

Cumberland Gap

National Historical Park

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At Cumberland Gap, the first great gateway to the west, follow the buffalo, the Native American, the longhunter, the pioneer... all traveled this route through the mountains into the wilderness of Kentucky. Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great gateway and the many miles of trails and scenic features found in the park.

Cleopatra's Pool in the Gap Cave

Weather

Summers at Cumberland Gap are hot and humid, with temperatures commonly in the mid to upper 90s. Winters are generally mild with rain and some periods of snow January through March. Temperatures usually range in the 30s and 40s. Weather can sometimes be unpredictable, especially at higher elevations.

Driving Directions

By Plane The closest major airport is located in Knoxville, Tennessee approximately 85 miles away. Flights can also be made into Lexington, Kentucky approximately 130 miles away. By Car The park entrance is located on Highway 25E just south of Middlesboro Kentucky. More directions to Cumberland Gap.

Operating Hours

The park is open 24 hours a day to pedestrian and cyclists. Some services and facilities have separate hours, however; please see descriptions of those areas elsewhere.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fees: There are no entrance fees at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Contact

Mailing Address:
91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY 40965

Physical Address:
91 Bartlett Park Road
Middlesboro, KY 40965

Phone Number: 6062482817

Fort Monroe

National Monument

Fort Monroe National Monument spans the American story through the 21st century: American Indian presence, Captain John Smith's journeys, a safe haven for freedom seekers during the Civil War, home of the US Army Artillery School, and a bastion of defense for the Chesapeake Bay. Visit this young national park with a centuries-old tradition and see on-going preservation work in action.

Aerial View of Fort Monroe

Weather

Spring: Temperatures range from 40 F to 70 F with rain being common. Summer: Temperatures range from 75 F to 100 F with rain and sun equally common. On very sunny days, be prepared with plenty of water. Fall: Temperatures usually range from 40 F to 65 F. Hurricanes are more likely to threaten the are at this time of year. If planning a visit during this time, please be mindful of the storm activity. Winter: Temperatures range from 40 F to 50 F on average with snow being uncommon.

Driving Directions

From I-64 East or West take Exit 268 (169 East Mallory St/Ft. Monroe) (Going East: Last Exit prior to Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, going West: first Exit after it.) Top of Exit Left at light onto S Mallory St (0.1 mile). Right at 2nd light onto E Mellen St. Continue crossing a small bridge (0.6 mile). Continue straight at light (Left fork) onto Ingalls Rd (0.5 mile). Left onto Ruckman Rd towards fort Main Gate, pass through fort walls Right onto Bernard Rd, angled parking on Left (0.2 mile). More directions to Fort Monroe.

Operating Hours

Fort Monroe is managed and operated in partnership between the National Park Service, Fort Monroe Authority, and US Army offering daily public access as well as commercial and residential leasing. Out of respect for the on-site residents the grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk.

Monday: Sunrise to Sunset
Tuesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Wednesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Thursday: Sunrise to Sunset
Friday: Sunrise to Sunset
Saturday: Sunrise to Sunset
Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset

Entrance Fees

Individual Fort Monroe Entrance Fee: Day use visitation of the grounds and Casemate Museum.

Contact

Physical Address:
41 Bernard Road (Building #17, Lee's Quarters)
Fort Monroe, VA 23651-1001

Mailing Address:
41 Bernard Road (Building #17, Lee's Quarters)
Fort Monroe, VA 23651-1001

Phone Number: 757-722-FORT (3678)

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania

National Military Park

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Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania--this is America's battleground, where the Civil War roared to its bloody climax. No place more vividly reflects the War's tragic cost in all its forms. A town bombarded and looted. Farms large and small ruined. Refugees by the thousands forced into the countryside. More than 85,000 men wounded; 15,000 killed--most in graves unknown.

Fog near rolling hills with sun rising in background

Weather

The regional climate is characterized by mild winters and warm, humid summers. The mean annual temperatures is 56 degrees Fahrenheit. The average summer temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Daytime highs during the summer are in the upper 80s, and nighttime lows are in the lower 60s. Daytime highs in the winter are in the upper 40s, and nighttime lows are in the middle 20s. Precipitation is well distributed throughout the year, with the minimum amount in August and the maximum in February.

Driving Directions

Our park has an immense number of sites to explore! Challenge your ideas about a battle at one of our visitor centers or exhibit shelters, or peer into the past by walking through one of our historic structures. For directions and physical addresses for each of our sites, please visit the Directions & Transportation section of our website. More directions to Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania.

Operating Hours

Park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset daily, with the exception of extreme weather incidents. Building hours vary by building and season. Please check the Operating Hours & Seasons section of the website for more information.

Monday: Sunrise to Sunset
Tuesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Wednesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Thursday: Sunrise to Sunset
Friday: Sunrise to Sunset
Saturday: Sunrise to Sunset
Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset

Entrance Fees

No Entrance Fee: Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania is a fee free park

Contact

Mailing Address:
120 Chatham Ln
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Physical Address:
120 Chatham Ln
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Phone Number: 5406933200

George Washington Birthplace

National Monument

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In the heart of the Northern Neck of Virginia stands a tribute to America’s founding father, George Washington. Although only here a short time, the ideas that Washington learned here, helped shape the man he would become and forever alter the destiny of the United States of America.

Washington Family Cemetery

Weather

George Washington Birthplace can be very warm and humid in the summer months and cold and dry in the winter. Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit.

Driving Directions

George Washington Birthplace is located off two miles from Virginia state route 3 on Virginia state route 204. The park is located 38 miles east of Fredericksburg and 10 miles from Colonial Beach. More directions to George Washington Birthplace.

Operating Hours

The park is open seven days a week from 9:00-5:00. The park will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Free Entrance: The park has no entrance fee

Contact

Mailing Address:
1732 Popes Creek Road
Colonial Beach, VA 22443

Physical Address:
1732 Popes Creek Road
Colonial Beach, VA 22443

Phone Number: 8042241732

George Washington

Memorial Parkway

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The George Washington Memorial Parkway was designed for recreational driving. It links sites that commemorate important episodes in American history and preserve habitat for local wildlife. The parkway and its associated trails provide a scenic place to play and rest in the busy Washington, DC metropolitan area.

A view of the Parkway

Weather

Summers on the parkway are generally hot and humid, with daytime highs frequently above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Please carry water while participating in physical activity and be prepared to take shelter from lightning. Winters on the parkway are generally cold, with nighttime lows frequently near freezing and occasional snowfall. Please be alert for snowplows and icy spots on roadways. Weather during spring and fall is generally moderate, but can change quickly.

Driving Directions

Directions to Parkway Headquarters From the south, take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north. Just past the CIA exit turn right into the parking lot for the US Park Police and parkway headquarters. Go through the chain link fence and take an immediate right. Follow the road down to a stop sign and turn right into the parking lot for the headquarters building. More directions to George Washington.

Operating Hours

Parkway headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 8:15 am to 4:15 pm. It is closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Monday: 8:15AM - 4:15PM
Tuesday: 8:15AM - 4:15PM
Wednesday: 8:15AM - 4:15PM
Thursday: 8:15AM - 4:15PM
Friday: 8:15AM - 4:15PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Entrance Fees

Great Falls Park, VA: Great Falls Park Vehicle Permit ($10) Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers. Organized groups are not eligible for the vehicle permit. Is NOT valid for entrance into the C &O Canal National Historic Park. Great Falls Park Individual Permit ($5) Admits one individual when entering by foot, bicycle, or equestrian. Individuals 15 years old and younger are admitted free of charge. Is NOT valid for entrance into the C &O Canal National Historic Park Cost: $10

Contact

Mailing Address:
George Washington Memorial Parkway Headquarters
McLean, VA 22101

Physical Address:
George Washington Memorial Parkway Headquarters
McLean, VA 22101

Phone Number: 7032892500

Great Falls

Park

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At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the early history of this country. Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation's Capital.

Water rushes over jagged rocks

Weather

The Washington, D.C. area has a four-season Mid-Atlantic climate. Summertime is warm and humid, while winter can be cold and snowy. Precipitation averages 2-4” monthly, year-round.

Driving Directions

From I-495, take exit 44 for route 193 west; continue 4 miles. Turn right on Old Dominion Drive. More directions to Great Falls.

Operating Hours

Open 30 minutes past sunset.

Monday: 7:00AM - Sunset
Tuesday: 7:00AM - Sunset
Wednesday: 7:00AM - Sunset
Thursday: 7:00AM - Sunset
Friday: 7:00AM - Sunset
Saturday: 7:00AM - Sunset
Sunday: 7:00AM - Sunset

Entrance Fees

Great Falls Entrance Fee - Vehicle: 3-day pass. Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers. Organized groups are not eligible for the vehicle permit. Is NOT valid for entrance into the C &O Canal National Historic Park. Cost: $10

Great Falls Entrance Fee - Person: Admits one individual when entering by foot, bicycle, or equestrian. Individuals 15 years old and younger are admitted free of charge. Is NOT valid for entrance into the C &O Canal National Historic Park. Cost: $5

Contact

Mailing Address:
Great Falls Park
McLean, VA 22101

Physical Address:
9200 Old Dominion Dr.
McLean, VA 22102

Phone Number: 7037573101

Green Springs

Green Springs National Historic Landmark District in Virginia’s Piedmont encompasses over 14,000 acres. Its farmsteads offer a continuum of rural vernacular architecture in original context with minimal alteration. Landscapes and buildings, many predating the Civil War and connected to one another visually and through family relationships of early occupants, are today preserved through easements.

Historic building at Green Springs

Weather

Louisa County, Virginia enjoys a temperate climate with hot, humid summers and cool winters.

Driving Directions

Green Springs National Historic Landmark District is privately owned, includes no public facilities, but is visible from public highways. It sits astride Route 15 in Louisa County, Virginia. More directions to Green Springs.

Operating Hours

The land and buildings within the District are privately owned

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

No Entrance: The land and buildings within the District are privately owned.

Contact

Mailing Address:
No Physical Address
Louisa, VA 23093

Physical Address:
No Physical Address
Louisa, VA 23093

Phone Number: 5406933200

Harpers Ferry

National Historical Park

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A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields. Spend a day or a weekend. We have something for everyone, so come and discover Harpers Ferry!

View of Lower Town Harpers Ferry as seen from Maryland Heights

Weather

Harpers Ferry experiences all four seasons - the cold and snow of winter, the rain and flowers of spring, the humidity and sunshine of summer, and the chill and leave change of fall. We will strive to keep you up-to-date as Harpers Ferry's landscape changes with the seasons. To see the current weather or the forecasted weather for Harpers Ferry, please visit the National Weather Service site and set the zip code to 25425.

Driving Directions

Harpers Ferry NHP's Visitor Center is located along US Route 340 in West Virginia. The park entrance is 8 miles east of Charles Town, WV and 20 miles southwest of Frederick, MD. More directions to Harpers Ferry.

Operating Hours

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is open year round with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Park museums and contact stations are open from 9am to 5pm year-round. Park passes may be purchased at the fee collection entrance station daily. Park shuttle bus hours begin at 9am daily, though the end time for buses varies by season.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Harpers Ferry Entrance Fee - Per Vehicle: $10.00 per single, private vehicle (excludes group tours and 7+ passenger vans) Entrance passes are valid for three consecutive days, beginning on date of purchase and are required in all park areas. Fees are payable at Cavalier Heights Entrance Station, Bolivar Heights, Maryland Heights, Harpers Ferry Train Station, and River Access Parking Lot. Credit cards are accepted only at Cavalier Heights. Cost: $10

Harpers Ferry Entrance Fee - Per Person: $5.00 per person (16 and older) arriving on foot or bicycle Entrance passes are valid for three consecutive days, beginning on date of purchase and are required in all park areas. Fees are payable at Cavalier Heights Entrance Station, Bolivar Heights, Maryland Heights, Harpers Ferry Train Station, and River Access Parking Lot. Credit cards are accepted only at Cavalier Heights. Cost: $5

Contact

Mailing Address:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Physical Address:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Phone Number: 3045356029

Historic Jamestowne

Part of Colonial National Historical Park

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Walk in the steps of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas where a successful English colonization of North America began. Despite early struggles to survive, the 1607 settlement evolved into a prosperous colony. As the colony expanded, the Virginia Indians were pushed out of their homeland. In 1619, the arrival of Africans was recorded, marking the origin of slavery in English North America.

Children In Nature Program at Historic Jamestowne

Weather

http://www.nps.gov/jame/planyourvisit/weather.htm NUMBER TO PHONE IF SITES ARE CLOSED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER: For closures in Colonial National Historical Park please phone this 24 hour phone number (757) 856-1240.

Driving Directions

Situated on the banks of the James River, Jamestown is a short distance from many major roadways and highways. For a google map search or GPS, use the following address: 1368 Colonial Parkway, Jamestown, Virginia 23081. More directions to Historic Jamestowne.

Operating Hours

ENTRANCE GATE: Gate hours are from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Daily. No entrance is permitted prior to 8:30 a.m. or after 4:30 p.m. including bicyclists and pedestrians. When you pass beyond the gate you have entered a US Fee Area.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

For those without a National Park or Inter-agency pass the following fees will apply:: Fees $14 per adult (age 16 and above) - pass good for 7 Days to include Yorktown Battlefield. $30 Colonial National Historical Park Annual Pass - pass good for card bearer and three adults at Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield for a 12 Month period : NOTE: All adults entering Historic Jamestowne on a Colonial Annual Pass will be charged an additional $5.00 per adult for each visit (Preservation Virginia fee). Visits to Yorktown Battlefield will be free for those 12 months. Phone 757-856-1250. Cost: $14

Holders of the following passes will be admitted to Historic Jamestowne at no additional charge:: * Interagency Access and Golden Access Pass * Interagency Military Pass Phone 757-856-1250 for further information.

All other National Park pass holders will be charged an additional $5.00 per adult to cover the Preservation Virginia fee: All other National Park pass holders will be charged an additional $5.00 per adult entering on the pass to cover the Preservation Virginia entrance fee. These passes include: * Interagency Annual Pass * Interagency Senior Pass * Golden Age Pass * Colonial National Historical Park Annual Pass * Preservation Virginia Membership Card - ($5.00 per adult NPS fee) Phone 757-856-1250 for further information. Cost: $5

Contact

Physical Address:
1368 Colonial Parkway
Jamestown, VA 23081

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 210
Yorktown, VA 23690

Phone Number: 7578561200

Journey Through Hallowed Ground

National Heritage Area

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The Journey is a unique historic, natural and scenic region, with farms and orchards; woodlands and forests; rivers and streams; rolling hills and mountain views; and unspoiled landscapes that can be explored by car, bike, canoe, foot or on horseback. The region is alive with vibrant historic downtowns, rich agriculture and an abundant bounty of wineries, inns and unique cultural events.

Evening sun over the mountain range.

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For details and information, visit, https://www.hallowedground.org.

Driving Directions

For details and directions on places of interest in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, visit, https://www.hallowedground.org/. More directions to Journey Through Hallowed Ground.

Operating Hours

For details and operating hours of the places of interest in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, visit, https://www.hallowedground.org.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Journey Through Hallowed Ground Fees: For details about fees for the different places of interest in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, visit, https://www.hallowedground.org.

Contact

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 77
Waterford, VA 20197

Physical Address:
15481 2nd Street
Waterford, VA 20197

Phone Number: 5408824929

Maggie L Walker

National Historic Site

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Maggie Lena Walker devoted her life to civil rights advancement, economic empowerment, and educational opportunities for Jim Crow-era African Americans and women. As a bank president, newspaper editor, and fraternal leader, Walker served as an inspiration of pride and progress. Today, Walker’s home is preserved as a tribute to her enduring legacy of vision, courage, and determination.

Maggie L. Walker's home and adjacent buildings

Weather

Summer is hot and humid, spring and winter are pleasant/mild, winter can be cold and occasionally snowy.

Driving Directions

Traveling north on I-95 take exit 76A, Chamberlayne Avenue, turn left at the light, go to the first light and turn left onto West Leigh Street. Go 3 blocks to 2nd Street; the site is located on the left. Traveling south on I-95, take exit 76B at Belvidere and turn left at the stop sign onto West Leigh Street. Go approximately 8 blocks to 2nd Street; the site is located on the left. Traveling east on I-64: follow directions for traveling south on I-95. Traveling west on I-64: take Downtown/5th Street exit More directions to Maggie L Walker.

Operating Hours

From November - February the site closes at 4:30 PM. The site is closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: Closed

Entrance Fees

Fees: There is no fee to visit Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site.

Contact

Physical Address:
600 N. 2nd Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Mailing Address:
3215 E Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23223

Phone Number: 8047712017

Manassas

National Battlefield Park

On July 21, 1861, two armies clashed for the first time on the fields overlooking Bull Run. Heavy fighting swept away any notion of a quick war. In August 1862, Union and Confederate armies converged for a second time on the plains of Manassas. The Confederates won a solid victory bringing them to the height of their power.

Bronze statue of Gen. T. J.

Weather

Spring: Mild weather, with average low/high temperatures from 33 F to 75 F. Variable rainfall, with May being the wettest month of the year on average. Summer: Warm and humid weather, with average temperatures from 61 F to 88 F. Variable rainfall, with occasional downpours during storms. Fall: Mild weather, with average temperatures from 35 F to 79 F. Variable rainfall. Winter: Mild to cool weather, with average temperatures from 24 F to 47 F. Annual snowfall averages about 22 inches.

Driving Directions

Located right off Interstate 66, just 30 miles west of Washington D.C. More directions to Manassas.

Operating Hours

The park is open daily from dawn until dusk.

Monday: Sunrise to Sunset
Tuesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Wednesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Thursday: Sunrise to Sunset
Friday: Sunrise to Sunset
Saturday: Sunrise to Sunset
Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset

Entrance Fees

Entrance: This per-person fee is valid year-round.

Contact

Physical Address:
6511 Sudley Road
Manassas, VA 20109

Mailing Address:
12521 Lee Highway
Manassas, VA 20109

Phone Number: 7033611339

Overmountain Victory

National Historic Trail

Stretching 330 miles through four states (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina) the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail traces the route used by patriot militia during the pivotal Kings Mountain campaign of 1780. Follow the campaign by utilizing a Commemorative Motor Route which uses existing state highways marked with the distinctive trail logo, or 87 miles of walkable pathways.

The OVVI NHT marker is on a fence with the Green River in the background.

Weather

Temperatures for the area range from very hot and humid in the summer to cool and moderate in the winter.

Driving Directions

The trail travels over 330 miles through four states. More directions to Overmountain Victory.

Operating Hours

The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail can be visited in any season. It includes sections of walkable pathway, a Commemorative Motor Route, affiliated historic sites and museums, and wayside exhibits. Along the way it passes through four NPS areas, two National Forests, an Army Corps of Engineers Dam &Reservoir, plus several state and county parks.

Monday: Sunrise to Sunset
Tuesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Wednesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Thursday: Sunrise to Sunset
Friday: Sunrise to Sunset
Saturday: Sunrise to Sunset
Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fee: Free

Contact

Physical Address:
4001 Chesnee Hwy
Gaffney, SC 29341

Mailing Address:
338 New Pleasant Road
Gaffney, SC 39341

Phone Number: 8644612828

Petersburg

National Battlefield

Nine and a half months, 70,000 casualties, the suffering of civilians, thousands of U. S. Colored Troops fighting for the freedom of their race, and the decline of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of No. Virginia all describe the Siege of Petersburg. It was here Gen. Ulysses S. Grant cut off all of Petersburg's supply lines ensuring the fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865. Six days later, Lee surrendered.

Confederate Battery V after the Union Army captured it in June, 1864.

Weather

Winters are usually cool with temperatures averaging in the 40s. Spring and fall are mild. Summer can bring very hot and humid weather.

Driving Directions

The Eastern Front (Main) Visitor Center is located approximately 2.5 miles east of Rt. 95 off of Route 36 in Petersburg. If travelling north on Rt. 95, take exit 50D and follow signs to Wythe Street. Once on Wythe Street, travel 2.5 miles east to entrance of Battlefield. If travelling south on Rt. 95, take Exit 52 (Wythe Street). Again, travel about 2.5 miles to entrance. More directions to Petersburg.

Operating Hours

Petersburg National Battlefield has four units and three Visitor Centers. The Visitor Centers at Five Forks and the General Grant's Headquarters Unit at City Point are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from January 1 - the last day of February. During the rest of the year all Visitor Centers are open every day of the week except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Park grounds open at 8:00 am and close at dark.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Petersburg Entrance Fee - Per Vehicle: The vehicle entrance fee covers all passengers in a private vehicle. The pass is valid for seven days. The entrance fee is only collected at the Eastern Front Unit. There is no entrance fee for the Western Front Unit, Five Forks Battlefield Unit or General Grant's Headquarters Unit. Cost: $5

Contact

Physical Address:
Petersburg National Battlefield
Petersburg, VA 23803

Mailing Address:
Petersburg National Battlefield
Petersburg, VA 23803

Phone Number: 8047323531

Potomac Heritage

National Scenic Trail

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Linking the tidal Potomac and upper Youghiogheny river basins, the evolving Potomac Heritage Trail network lies within a corridor rich in historic pathways and waterways. You can travel this historic corridor today—on foot, bicycle and horse and by boat—exploring contrasting landscapes between the Chesapeake Bay and the Allegheny Plateau.

A man, woman and child stand overlooking a valley of mountains and trees on a sunny summer day.

Weather

Weather associated with the PHT network is typical of a temperate climate, with four distinct seasons and variable precipitation throughout the year. Temperatures can vary from a high of 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer to 0 degrees in the winter.

Driving Directions

The administrative office for the NPS Potomac Heritage NST is located in Cook Hall near the Stephen T. Mather Training Center. The office does not provide visitor services. More directions to Potomac Heritage.

Operating Hours

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Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

0: 0

Contact

Mailing Address:
Potomac Heritage NST Office
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Physical Address:
252 McDowell Street
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Phone Number: 3045354014

Prince William Forest

Park

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Prince William Forest Park is an oasis, a respite of quiet and calm. In 1936, Chopawamsic Recreation Area opened its gates to house children's 'relief' camps during the Great Depression. Renamed Prince William Forest Park in 1948, these fragrant woods and trickling streams have welcomed generations of campers, hikers, bikers and nature lovers. Discover Northern Virginia's best kept secret!

Carter Pond on a sunny day in summer

Weather

Prince William Forest Park experiences all four seasons. Spring and fall are generally comfortable with precipitation possible.Summers can be hot and humid with average temperatures in the high 80s and with sudden thunderstorms possible. July and August are the hottest months. Winters can be cold with average temperatures in the winter of 41 degrees with variable precipitation. The main park roads can close due to snowy conditions, though cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing are permitted.

Driving Directions

From Washington, D.C. and points north: Take I-95 south to exit 150-B (VA Route 619/Joplin Road). The park entrance is the second right. From Fredericksburg and points south: Take I-95 north to exit 150 (VA Route 619/Joplin Road). Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp and continue on VA Route 619 West approximately 1/4 mile to the park entrance. More directions to Prince William Forest.

Operating Hours

Prince William Forest Park is open every day from sunrise to sunset.

Monday: Sunrise to Sunset
Tuesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Wednesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Thursday: Sunrise to Sunset
Friday: Sunrise to Sunset
Saturday: Sunrise to Sunset
Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset

Entrance Fees

Prince William Forest Park Entrance Fee: Per single passenger vehicle (less than 14 passengers), valid for 7 consecutive days. Cost: $7

Prince William Forest Park Individual Fee: Per person walk-in, bike in or per motorcycle, valid for 7 consecutive days. This price is also charged per person in vehicles over 14 passengers. Cost: $5

Contact

Physical Address:
18170 Park Entrance Road
Triangle, VA 22172

Mailing Address:
18100 Park Headquarters Road
Triangle, VA 22172

Phone Number: 7032217181

Richmond

National Battlefield Park

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Richmond's story is not just the tale of one large Civil War battle, nor even one important campaign. Instead, the park's resources include a naval battle, a key industrial complex, the Confederacy's largest hospital, dozens of miles of elaborate original fortifications, and the evocative spots where determined soldiers stood paces apart and fought with rifles, reaping a staggering human cost.

Shows the main visitor center, Tredegar Iron Works

Weather

Summer-hot and humid Fall and spring-mild Winter-cold with occasional ice and snow

Driving Directions

From I-95, please use exit 74C (if traveling north) or exit 75 (if traveling south.) Follow the link for more details. More directions to Richmond.

Operating Hours

Tredegar Irons Works is the main visitor center of Richmond National Battlefield Park.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

No entrance fee: Richmond National Battlefield Park does not have an entrance fee. The parking lot at Tredegar Iron Works charges a nominal parking fee, but other free public parking is availabl nearby.

Contact

Mailing Address:
3215 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23223

Physical Address:
470 Tredegar Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Phone Number: 8042261981

Shenandoah

National Park

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Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is your escape to recreation and re-creation. Cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, quiet wooded hollows—take a hike, meander along Skyline Drive, or picnic with the family. 200,000 acres of protected lands are haven to deer, songbirds, the night sky…and you. Plan a Shenandoah escape today!

A man stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the receding mountains.

Weather

Shenandoah experiences four distinct seasons. Best known for its fall foliage, the park is also spectacular in spring when the wildflowers and trees are in full bloom. Summer brings lush greens and relief from the hot valleys. The park's elevation encourages as much as a 10 degree temperature difference. In winter, this means that when surrounding lowlands are experiencing rain, the the park can be blanketed in snow and ice. It's always a good idea to be prepared for varying weather.

Driving Directions

Shenandoah National Park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, west of Washington, D.C. It stretches 105 miles and has four entrances: Front Royal (northern entrance), Thornton Gap, Swift Run Gap, and Rockfish Gap (southern entrance to Shenandoah and the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). The physical address listed is to the administrative offices, not the park itself. GPS can be unreliable for navigating to the park. More directions to Shenandoah.

Operating Hours

Shenandoah National Park is always open. However, portions of Skyline Drive, the only public road through the park, are periodically closed during inclement weather. Visitors can still enter the park on foot to hike even when the Drive is closed.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Shenandoah Single Vehicle Fee: This fee covers unlimited entry for one vehicle and passengers for seven consecutive days. Vehicles must be private, noncommercial, and with a seating capacity of 15 or less. Cost: $25

Shenandoah "Per Person" Fee: This is the fee for walk-up or bicycling visitors. The fee covers unlimited entry to the park for 7 consecutive days. Cost: $10

Motorcycle Fee: Pass is valid for day of purchase and next six days. Cost: $20

Commercial Tour (1-6 passengers +$10 per passenger): Pass is valid for the day of purchase and the next six days for a vehicle carrying the same group of passengers. A commercial tour is defined as consisting of one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure or recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provision of the service. Cost: $25

Commercial Tour (7- 15 Passengers): Pass is valid for the day of purchase and the next six days for a vehicle carrying the same group of passengers. A commercial tour is defined as consisting of one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure or recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provision of the service. Cost: $75

Commercial Tour (16-25 Passengers): Pass is valid for the day of purchase and the next six days for a vehicle carrying the same group of passengers. A commercial tour is defined as consisting of one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure or recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provision of the service. Cost: $100

Commercial Tour (26+ Passengers): Pass is valid for the day of purchase and the next six days for a vehicle carrying the same group of passengers. A commercial tour is defined as consisting of one or more persons traveling on an itinerary that has been packaged, priced, or sold for leisure or recreational purposes by an organization that realizes financial gain through the provision of the service. Cost: $200

Contact

Mailing Address:
Shenandoah National Park
Luray, VA 22835

Physical Address:
Shenandoah National Park
Luray, VA 22835

Phone Number: 5409993500

Shenandoah Valley Battlefields

National Historic District

Journey back in time at historic sites, battlefields, and Civil War tours and events; it offers something for every tourist, every family, and every adventurer. Come to the Valley and you’ll discover natural wonders, arts and culture, and dining and lodging in the Valley’s historic towns – and the kind of natural beauty that can take your breath away.

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Driving Directions

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Operating Hours

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Entrance Fees

Contact

Physical Address:
9386 S. Congress St.
New Market, VA 22844

Mailing Address:
PO Box 897. 9386 S. Congress St.
New Market, VA 22844

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Star-Spangled Banner

National Historic Trail

For three years the young United States was embroiled in the War of 1812 and the Chesapeake Bay region felt the brunt of it, choked by shipping blockades and ravaged by enemy raids. Through sites and landscapes in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and throughout Maryland, the Trail tells the stories of the events, people, and places that led to the birth of our National Anthem.

Civilian cooking at Fort McHenry

Weather

Weather can be extremely Cold or Hot in winter/summer. Fall and Spring pleasant.

Driving Directions

To find the trail, download a map guide. More directions to Star-Spangled Banner.

Operating Hours

Hours of opening for the many sites along the trail vary widely by location and season. The trail's premiere orientation and visitor center is located at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.

Monday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM

Entrance Fees

Star-Spangeled National Historic Trail: Some parks and places along the Star-Spangled Banner Trail charge an entrance fee and some do not. Information about specific sites is included on the trail's free and official mobile application Chesapeake Explorer.

Contact

Physical Address:
2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

Mailing Address:
2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230

Phone Number: 410.962.4290

Washington-Rochambeau

National Historic Trail

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In 1781, General Rochambeau’s French Army joined forces with General Washington’s Continental Army to fight the British Army in Yorktown, Virginia. With the French Navy in support, the allied armies moved hundreds of miles to become the largest troop movement of the American Revolution. The effort and cooperation between the two sides led to a victory at Yorktown and secured American independence.

Flag marking the trail

Weather

With over 680 miles of land and water trails and hundreds of historical sites, there is a wide variety in weather. Please check with your favorite weather website before traveling.

Driving Directions

The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route NHT encompasses over 680 miles of land and water trails through Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. More directions to Washington-Rochambeau.

Operating Hours

The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route NHT can be travelled year-round. The NHT connects national, state, and local parks as well a great number of historic sites and landmarks. Visitors should contact sites or attractions individually as operating hours vary widely by site and season.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

Washington-Rochambeau Fee: There is no fee to explore the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail, but fees may apply for sites and attractions along the trail. Visitors should contact sites individually for further information.

Contact

Mailing Address:
Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail
Philadelphia, PA 19016

Physical Address:
Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail
Philadelphia, PA 19016

Phone Number: 2155971581

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

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No matter what your age or taste in shows, you'll find something you like onstage at Wolf Trap. From May through September, multiple amphitheaters in the park present performances such as musicals, dance, opera, jazz, and popular and country music. A good time to explore the beauty and history of the park without the crowds is October - April.

The Filene Center House full of patrons

Weather

The weather at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is typical for the mid-Atlantic area. There are four seasons. The majority of visitation is during the summers, which can be hot and humid during the day and cooler at night.

Driving Directions

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is located in Vienna, Virginia. The park can be accessed by traveling from Route 7, the Dulles Toll Road (Route 267), Beulah Road or Old Courthouse Road. For more detailed information visit the park's directions page. More directions to Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

Operating Hours

The park is open to the public from 7:00 am to dusk every day with the exception of New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day when the park is closed. During the performance season, the park is closed to public visitation which is not performance related during park festivals and Filene Center performances. This restriction begins two hours prior to show times and ends one hour after performances have completed. The park is closed from dusk to 7:00 am except to those attending authorized events.

Monday: 7:00AM - Sunset
Tuesday: 7:00AM - Sunset
Wednesday: 7:00AM - Sunset
Thursday: 7:00AM - Sunset
Friday: 7:00AM - Sunset
Saturday: 7:00AM - Sunset
Sunday: 7:00AM - Sunset

Entrance Fees

No Entrance Fee: There is no entrance fee at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

Contact

Physical Address:
1551 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182-1643

Mailing Address:
1551 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182-1643

Phone Number: 7032551800

Yorktown Battlefield

Part of Colonial National Historical Park

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Discover what it took for the United States to be independent as you explore the site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. Here at Yorktown, in the fall of 1781, General George Washington, with allied American and French forces, besieged General Charles Lord Cornwallis’s British army. On October 19, Cornwallis surrendered, effectively ending the war and ensuring independence.

Cannon at sunset at Yorktown Battlefield

Weather

Yorktown, VA climate is warm during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 80's and cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 30's. The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 89.00 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 28.10 degrees Fahrenheit. For closures in due to inclement weather at Colonial National Historical Park please phone this 24 hour phone number (757) 856-1240.

Driving Directions

For an internet map search or GPS, use the following: Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center, 1000 Colonial Parkway, Yorktown, Virginia 23690. Eastbound from the Richmond area via I-64, exit 242B for Yorktown, to the Colonial Parkway. Follow the parkway to its end. West bound Interstate 64 from the Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Hampton area for Yorktown should take Route 105 East (Fort Eustis Boulevard east), exit 250B to Route 17. Turn left onto Route 17. Follow the signs to Yorktown Battlefield. More directions to Yorktown Battlefield.

Operating Hours

All park grounds are closed at sunset. Yorktown Visitor Center: Opened daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Park is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Phone 757-856-1240 (24 hour recording) for status of closures.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Yorktown Battlefield: Adult (16 and older) -$7; good for 7 days entrance to Yorktown Battlefield (and NPS areas at Historic Jamestowne); can be upgraded to see Preservation Virginia areas at Historic Jamestowne for an additional $7 at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center. Yorktown Battlefield will not be selling the $14 entrance permit for Historic Jamestowne. 15 and younger are free. Interagency Federal Passes are honored at Yorktown Battlefield allowing card holder and 3 adults entrance. Cost: $7

Contact

Mailing Address:
Colonial National Historical Park - Yorktown Battlefield
Yorktown, VA 23690

Physical Address:
Yorktown Battlefield
Yorktown, VA 23690

Phone Number: 7578982410