In and around Culpeper, visitors and locals can take advantage of a vast array of park options. Whether you are looking for a strenuous hike or outdoor sports field, or a more leisurely experience to learn about history or observe nature, you can find multiple outdoor spaces to fit your needs.
A National Jewel
A short drive from Culpeper you can find all the fresh air your lungs can take in Shenandoah National Park. With more than 500 miles of trails, there is a hike or walk to fit any level of expertise, from a family-friendly stroll to a challenging trek for seasoned pros. Several routes include views of the picturesque waterfalls scattered throughout Shenandoah. The park also includes ample opportunities for camping, learning and picnicking. While exploring, keep an eye out for wildlife: Shenandoah is home to more than 190 bird species, 50 mammal species, 20 reptile and amphibian species and much more.
Pack a Picnic
Lace up your hiking boots and pack a picnic for an afternoon exploring Culpeper’s Cedar Mountain Battlefield. The battle, waged on August 9, 1862 lasted five hours. By the end of the day 3,800 men were killed or wounded in the shadow of Cedar Mountain — the deadliest day in Culpeper’s history. Download the 1.7 mile battlefield trial map here. Walk where our men fought and died, and observe the witness trees that remain today. Cedar Mountain was the only battle in which Stonewall Jackson ever drew his sword, it is also home to where Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, performed her first field duty - the "Angel of the Battlefield" spent two days and nights on Cedar Mountain tending to the wounded, including Confederate prisoners.
Visit an Open Air Museum
Brandy Station Battlefield is home to one of history's greatest cavalry engagements, with over 20,000 troops including 17,000 cavalry. The battle of Fleetwood Hill, which took place on June 9, 1863 engaged 12 regiments – 6 Union and 6 Confederate – was fought from the saddle with troopers using sabers. Located along Route 29, there are over 2,100 preserved acres ready for exploration. Soak in the sun, fresh air, and some history. Review battlefield notes, maps, and points of significance here.