Fun runs, nature walks on history trails

Published 5:37 am Thursday, September 1, 2016

Appomattox Court House National Historic Park welcomes community members 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 throughout September at 6:30 p.m.

A nature walk of 1.5-2 miles will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. 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 park site.

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Fun Runs: On Sept. 7 and 21, meet park staff at the North Carolina Monument pull-off on Route 24 East. On Sept. 14 and 28, meet park staff at the Lee’s Headquarters pull-off on Route 24. 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.

Nature Walks: Join park staff at the pull-off for Lee’s Headquarters 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.

Explore this national park site and play outdoors by taking a walk or a run in the woods. Please wear proper footwear for running and walking and bring water/fluids for hydration.

For questions regarding these activities, contact the park’s AmeriCorps VISTA Ashton Farrell at (434) 352-8987 ext. 233 or