Fun Runs, nature walks set

Published 6:22 pm Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park welcomes the community and visitors to join park staff for fun runs and nature walks on the park’s History Trail. Fun runs of 1.5 to 3 mile-distances will take place Wednesdays, July 13 and 25, at 6:30 p.m.

A nature walk of 1.5-2 miles will take place on Saturdays, July 16 and 30, at 8 a.m. The First Lady’s Let’s Move Outside Initiative and the Healthy Parks Healthy People program promote parks as places for healthy recreation. These activities are free and open to all ages who wish to participate in an effort to encourage people to recreate outside in their local national parks.

For fun runs, meet park staff at the North Carolina Monument pull-off located on Route 24 East.

On July 20, meet park staff at the pull-off on Route 24 for Lee’s Headquarters. Dogs are welcome on a leash. Both loops combine the natural beauty of the park and the hallowed ground in which fighting in the area directly led to the surrender of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865.

For nature walks, join park staff at the pull-off for Lee’s Headquarters located on Route 24. Dogs are welcome on a leash. The trail is moderate in difficulty with a few rolling hills.

The trail begins following the footsteps of Gen. Lee who chose this site for his last headquarters and last council of war on the day before he surrendered to Gen. Grant. The course continues onto the Nature Trail where several varieties of plant life and possible animal life can be observed. Then the trail loops back past the Sweeney Prizery, the oldest building on park grounds, before heading back to the parking lot.

For more information, call (434) 352-8987, ext. 233.