Fort Lee, Virginia, is a U.S. Army post that trains anywhere from 3,000 to 4,200 military personnel daily. Personnel stationed there or visitors to the city of Fort Lee will find tidbits of history sprinkled amid outdoor attractions in the south-central part of the state.
Fort Lee is off Interstate 95 near Petersburg National Battlefield, site of the Civil War's longest battle. Fort Lee sits to the northeast of the city of Petersburg, about 30 miles south of Richmond and 90 miles northwest of Virginia Beach.
Camp Lee became Fort Lee in April 1950. The area was the site of several battles through the years; most notably, the late Civil War battle for control of Petersburg. That battle lasted 10 months, and its ending was the precursor to General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox.
Fort Lee has an outdoor pool on post, a bowling center, two fitness centers and a golf course with 27 holes and a practice range. It provides an archery and skeet shooting range, batting cages, a skatepark and a recreation building with an indoor running track.
Fort Lee is home to the U.S. Army Women's Museum, which traces women's military roles from the Army's beginning to the present. The U.S. Army Quartermaster Museum details this corps' contributions with displays ranging from clothing to equipment and weapons.
Petersburg National Battlefield Park offers eight miles of trails for biking and hiking; fishing is also allowed in the park. Pocahontas State Park, a well-loved area for locals, is less than 20 miles from Fort Lee. Among its activities, Pocahontas offers swimming and five miles of biking and hiking trails--ranging from easy to challenging--around and near Beaver Lake.