Stafford Civil War Park, VA Recon
It was a cold and rainy day. But I was sick of being inside all week so,
after doing a few errands I set out for Stafford, VA to explore the Stafford Civil War Park. It rained on and off the entire day.
It looks like this park has been here 4 or 5 years. It also looks like one of those parks that a developer used as a proffer (bribe) to get an adjacent development built. It was near Accokeek Creek so they probably could not build any houses there anyway.
The park was well laid out, the roads were paved and there were numerous historical plaques and markers telling about the history of the area. The trails had those generic hiker badges on them. That was good. But someone wrote cryptic descriptions of the trails with a Sharpie on these badges, which wasn't so good.
Historically this was part of a winter encampment for Union soldiers during the Battle of Fredericksburg during the period between 1862 and 1863. Other than some earthen fortifications and indentations where old corderoy roads once existed not much remains from that era.
I stopped at stops 2, 3 and 5 and hiked in a ways to take some pictures. I didn't want to hike too much because it was 39 degrees and drizzling. I
1) You can either hike on or close to the old corderoy roads. These are roads that had logs placed across them so the endless caravans of troops, wagons, cannons and other military implements were less likely to get bogged down in the mud and slow down troop movements.
2) 2 of the corderoy roads do intersect near the former Daniel Bridge that once crossed Accokeek Creek. The area on the other side of this bridge does appear to be private property though. So I had a lot of my questions answered.
So it looks like the trails in this park can be combined to produce a loop hike of a bit over a mile. That's bad as we usually like to do between 2 and 5 miles on the POPUMC Hiking Group hikes. But I think that I have a solution to this dilema.
There is another Stafford County park about 5 miles north of here called Government Island Park. This is a roughly 1.5 mile trail around an almost
So I think that combining these two hikes would make for a nice day of hiking at two historic and scnic parks in northern Virginia. I believe that this hike will occur on January 7, 2023. At least it's something to look forward to!
Hats off to Stafford County, VA for providing more parks for all of us to hike in. I am going to have to research some of the other county and state parks in Stafford County, VA as I think there may be more hiking opportunities here.
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