Harrison’s Creek Loop

Petersburg, Virginia

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This hike explores part of Petersburg National Battlefield. The now wooded lands offer a natural respite contrasting with the dark Civil War days. Start at a replicated siege site, then travel a well-marked trail network that passes along Harrison’s Creek, which was an important battle line during the siege of Petersburg. Petersburg National Battlefield preserves the site where the Union laid siege to Confederates who were attempting to protect Petersburg and its important railroad supply lines. Without these supply lines reaching Richmond, the Confederate capital city would fall to the Union—so thought Union general Ulysses S. Grant, after failing to take Richmond by frontal assault. He then set about capturing Petersburg, which led to the extended blockade. This hike travels the Eastern Front section of the preserved battlefield on well-laid-out trails that travel through now pleasant woodland where men once lived and died for their respective causes.

Harrison’s Creek Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This hike explores part of Petersburg National Battlefield. The now wooded lands offer a natural respite contrasting with the dark Civil War days. Start at a replicated siege site, then travel a well-marked trail network that passes along Harrison’s Creek, which was an important battle line during the siege of Petersburg.

Petersburg National Battlefield preserves the site where
the Union laid siege to Confederates who were attempting to protect Petersburg and its important railroad supply lines. Without these supply lines reaching Richmond, the Confederate capital city would fall to the Union—so thought Union general Ulysses S. Grant, after failing to take Richmond by frontal assault. He then set about capturing Petersburg, which led to the extended blockade. This hike travels the Eastern Front section of the preserved battlefield on well-laid-out trails that travel through now pleasant woodland where men once lived and died for their respective causes."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Petersburg
Distance: 3.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Petersburg National Battlefield
Local Maps: USGS Prince George
Driving Directions: Directions to Harrison’s Creek Loop

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May 2018