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Petersburg National Battlefield: Battery 5

Road Trip: Petersburg National Battlefield

March 3, 2017 Sarah Coggins

Our son spent his first full week of track out with his grandparents in Virginia. At the end of the week, we met at my sister’s home near Richmond to pick him up. We started our return trip just after lunch. The unusually warm weather and lure of getting more cancellations in our National Parks Passport books led us to taking a quick detour to visit Petersburg National Battlefield.

Petersburg National Battlefield: Battery 5

I had forgotten just how large this battlefield is. Four years ago on our way home after a trip to Williamsburg, the 3 of us stopped at the Visitor’s Center at Five Forks in the western most section. The new Visitor’s Center was gorgeous, but, unfortunately, this area only featured a driving tour. Not exactly what we were looking for to stretch our legs during our trip.

Petersburg National Battlefield

This time, we headed east to the Eastern Front Visitor’s Center. Here we found a nice trail just over half a mile. Perfect for our now family of 4 to explore. It was just enough walking for our 2 year old. She started off running and, by the end, was strolling along holding our hands.

Petersburg National Battlefield: Dictator

When we returned to the Visitor’s Center, we spent a bit of time inside looking at the exhibits, coloring, watching the video, and my son completed the Junior Ranger worksheet earning him a patch.

Petersburg National Battlefield: Junior Ranger

Petersburg National Battlefield: Coloring

And, of course, the kids and I added cancellation stamps to our Passport books. It’s fun thumbing through these seeing all the places we’ve been over the years. If you look closely, you’ll even spot the stamps we got on my birthday a year ago.

National Parks Passport Books - Feb 2017

Do you ever detour during a trip to explore somewhere new?

Linking up with Mommy & Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious? and Photo Friday at Pierced Wonderings.


  • Krystyn @ Really Are You Serious? March 5, 2017 at 7:43 pm
    We took a ton of detours on the way back from North Carolina last summer. We saw several waterfalls and went to a gorge. It was fun to not have a plan! This looks like one to add to the list.
    • Sarah Coggins March 5, 2017 at 8:41 pm
      If you make it up into Virginia, definitely. This is just off I-95 making it an easy stop. I'm guilty most trips of just wanting to get there and trying to make as few (and fast of) stops as possible. This was one time where I was glad we relaxed a bit and did something a bit spontaneous.

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