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Road Trip to Spotsylvania

As you explore Spotsylvania, you can expect to find a diverse mix of rich history, outdoor recreation and one-of-a-kind activities surrounded by beautiful rural landscapes. Conveniently located directly off Interstate 95, Spotsylvania has become one of Virginia’s fastest growing communities and is home to multiple historic landmarks and Civil War battlefields. With all Spotsylvania has to offer, it won’t take long for everyone to notice—and feel—something that is simply unique. 

Spotsylvania, also known as the “Crossroads of the Civil War,” is rich in historical resources. Several major battles were fought here including one of the top five most significant battles in the war—the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. Today, this infamous site, along with other portions of the battlefield, are preserved as a part of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Battlefields’ National Military Park, a unit of the National Park Service. The National Park Service Spotsylvania Battlefield is open year-round, and in the summer, there is a NPS historian available to enthrall you with the Civil War History of Spotsylvania. 

Don’t miss the Spotsylvania Courthouse Historic District for a deep-dive into local history. Download the tour to your phone and follow along through the historic district, including the Historic Spotsylvania Courthouse and the 1855 Jail.

Traverse the African American Heritage Trail, a trail dedicated to educating the public, inspiring local pride and promoting appreciation for the county’s African American contributions. Take a driving tour through Spotsylvania’s lush countryside visiting an array of locations important to the African-American heritage in Spotsylvania County. Or, at Spotsylvania’s many museums, you will find special displays of artifacts and photographs. Museums in Spotsylvania include the Spotsylvania County Museum, the John J. Wright Museum & Cultural Center, the Shannon Air Museum and the Rappahannock Railroad Museum.

Besides the rich history, there are plenty of family-friendly activities around the area that will bring an afternoon of fun and laughter. Visit the Wilderness Presidential Resort, home to an 18-hole mini golf course, the Lucky Duck Speakeasy Escape Room, Hazel’s Holler Gem Mine and the famous Wilderness Adventure Park where you can live like monkeys for an afternoon as you make your way from treetop to treetop while zip lining, swinging and balancing at the county’s only zip line obstacle course. 

Your quest for nature continues as you head to the award-winning Patriot Park or the popular Loriella Park where there are open sports fields, a swimming pool and a nationally recognized disc golf course. Become one with the outdoors at the area’s natural attractions such as the Ni River Reservoir or the Hunting Run Reservoir. These two areas offer fishing, boat rentals, picnic shelters and endless fun. If you’re ready for the big leagues, move onto Lake Anna for your water sport needs. McCotter’s Guide Service offers bass, striper and crappie angling tours, or visit Lake Anna Outfitters for your kayak, paddleboard and pedal boat rentals (and some amazing Lake Anna souvenirs too!).

An attraction not to be missed is Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, located in Thornburg. This multipurpose motorsports and entertainment facility has four distinct racetracks in one location. Exciting races, amazing concerts and family-friendly events can all be found here.

Looking for an adults-only diversion? Try the Grapes and Grains Trail or the Fredericksburg Area Beer Trail for the perfect daytime activity for some fun and relaxation. Located in Spotsylvania, Stafford and Fredericksburg, each trail features local breweries, wineries and Spotsy’s world-famous distillery. Stop by one at a time or spread your visits out throughout a couple of days. All locations are conveniently located right off of I-95, making this the perfect opportunity to escape the highway and treat yourself to a delicious, locally produced spirit!

Spotsylvania also offers the options to ditch your keys and let us take the wheel! Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg has teamed up with four area wineries to bring you a unique winery experience and a day to remember! Tours run on select Sundays from April to November. The five-and-a-half-hour guided tour travels to each winery allowing you to relax and enjoy your day—no driving needed! Tasting fees are included at each of the four wineries along with a light snack box of winery-appropriate fare. As you’re en route to the next winery, learn a little bit of history as you pass through historic Spotsylvania County. 

If you are hoping for a day of shopping while in town, then Spotsylvania Towne Centre is definitely a must. Not only does this massive shopping destination offer a huge variety of shops and eateries, but it also hosts special events throughout the year. With all the name-brand stores, specialty shops and dining offered at this convenient shopping destination, the only problem you’ll have is making it to all your favorite stores before closing time. 

After you get some shopping in, satisfy your hunger at one of the many restaurants available in the county. Spotsylvania has over 100 choices, ranging from fast food to fine dining, where you can enjoy a delicious meal. Enjoy one of over 60 locally-owned restaurants! Splurge at one of the ethnic specialties or try something new at one of the locals’ favorites. You will certainly find a place everyone can agree on! 

Whether you are here for just the day, a couple nights or simply passing through, there is always a reason to stop in Spotsylvania. Visit and take a closer look at what makes Spotsylvania unique. With its mix of landmarks, attractions, history and beautiful rural landscapes, you are sure to FIND YOUR SPOT!